University of Sunderland Men’s Basketball 1st’s suffered a disappointing 71-53 defeat against University of Hull 1st’s at CitySpace on Wednesday night.

Sunderland, who started the night in second place and three points clear of Hull, were outscored 45-26 in the second period as Brian Calder’s men saw their one-point half-time lead extinguished in brutal fashion.

The third quarter saw most of the damage occur, with Hull posting 25 points to Sunderland’s offering of eight.

The hosts started well with the first eight points of the contest. Charles Sayers scored two three-pointers, either side of a Teo Axiarlis lay-up.

But there was a sign of things to come from Hull’s two opening baskets as Sunderland cheaply turned the ball over on both occasions and the East Yorkshire side capitalised.

Hull ended the half on top, by one point at 15-16, as they started to fizz the ball around in an attempt to try and find gaps in the Sunderland defence.

Sunderland point guard Sayers was the shining light from the opening ten minutes of action, scoring 12 of his side’s 15 points.

Jai Naylor came off the bench to regain Sunderland’s lead in quick time as he scored five points in under a minute.

Both sides exchanged baskets during the second quarter and it looked like Hull would go into the half with a two point lead but Lukas Butvilas hit a big three-pointer on the horn to give Sunderland a slight advantage.

Hull came out of the blocks like a team on a mission and they forced coach Calder into a timeout with 6:24 on the clock thanks to a 2-10 run.

Even after the timeout, Hull extended their seven-point advantage with a free throw and two field goals, which left Sunderland down by double figures.

By the end of the quarter, the end result looked inevitable as Hull led by 16 points, 35-51, and they were driving to the basket at will without much threat from the hosts’ defence.

Justas Seselgis and Mike Kavouras both scored for Sunderland in the opening stages of the fourth but their side couldn’t get stops down at the other end.

With just over four minutes of the game left, Kavouras was given a technical foul and didn’t come back into the game as frustration increased for Sunderland, who had no answer to Hull’s style of play.

In the final stages of the contest, Sunderland found their rhythm from the three-point line as Seselgis, Butvilas and Niko Sotiropoulous all drained baskets from beyond the arc.

Sunderland managed to cut Hull’s lead to 18 points by the end of the game despite trailing by over 25 with just two minutes remaining.