University of Sunderland men’s Basketball 1sts tasted defeat for the first time this season as York University triumphed 72-62.

A disastrous second quarter for Sunderland, with just two field goals and a free throw scored, saw the deficit grow to 20 points and there was no way back.

Sunderland improved in the second half, outscoring their opponents 37-27 while cutting the hosts’ lead to just eight points with as many minutes left of the match.

The Wearsiders came into the game at the top of the Northern 3B but were short-handed due to the injury of Dom Karpinskas.

York had won their opening two league games but it was Sunderland who started the better of the two sides.

Lukas Butvilas and Justas Seselgis were the players causing most damage to York’s defence, thanks to the former’s shooting from beyond the arc and the latter’s tall figure at centre.

But the hosts soon took control and from the sixth minute of the game, they had the advantage. York finished the quarter nine points up at 29-20, courtesy of a 14-0 run in the latter stages.

Both sides had their troubles scoring in the second quarter but Sunderland were in a real rut, only putting five points on the board while York notched 16 – leaving the hosts with a 45-25 lead.

Turnovers were the bane of Sunderland’s game and fast-break points certainly helped York gain momentum which proved hard to turn around.

After the break, the structure of the Wearsiders’ attack seemed more fluent and they moved the ball around well.

A quick-fire 9-0 run to end the third gave Sunderland a little bit of hope as Teo Axiarlis scored four points while Butvilas added his fifth three-pointer of the game. It was still a long way back for the North East university going into the final quarter after only cutting four points off York’s lead.

Any belief of a comeback was lifted further when Charles Sayers scored the opening eight points of the second half, getting Sunderland back to within single digits.

An and-one for York halted the run and a three-pointer soon after sparked a scoring spree for the hosts. Within the blink of an eye, the lead was back out to 17 points but Brian Calder’s men didn’t give up.

Full court pressing forced a few mistakes towards the end of the game and Sunderland capitalised. They were six points shy of York with a minute to go but the hosts saw out the game.