University of Sunderland men’s Basketball coach Brian Calder was pleased after the Wearsiders beat a ‘savvy’ Leeds Beckett side last Wednesday.

Sunderland backed up their opening night win over Teesside by coming out on top against Beckett, who proved a tough test for Calder’s men – going down by just five points.

It didn’t come as a surprise to Calder that Leeds came with a good game plan and some talented players to boot.

“Leeds is a hotbed of basketball, either university are pretty strong so we expect them to come with a competitive team,” he said.

“Listening to the guys talk afterwards, there’s a couple of Americans in there and Eastern Europeans which means they’ve got a basketball background.

“They matched our athleticism but they’re savvy as well.”

At the start of the second half, Leeds put together a 9-0 run to go 11 points up and it looked like Sunderland had their work cut out.

When asked about whether he was worried when Leeds came out of the blocks all guns blazing, Calder replied: “The game is about runs.

“They had the advantage, they had the momentum and that’s probably where my experience comes into it – recognising that we do need to do something to change it.”

Despite two consecutive victories to start the Northern 3B season, Sunderland are far from the finished article and everybody associated with the basketball team will agree.

There’s still work to do at training and Calder admitted aspects of Sunderland’s game need to be fine-tuned.

“Maybe our shot selection,” responded the coach after being asked about the talking points in training before the next match.

“We’ve got to be careful and still keep working on our offence. Players have got to have the confidence to go out there on offence.

“I saw one or two individual things out there that hurt us, where players are trying to force it then Leeds get the rebound, come down the floor and that’s how gaps and runs happen.

“We can’t afford to have someone out there with their own agenda, it’s a team concept and we’ve got to make sure that we stay like that.”