University of Sunderland basketball 2nds were on the receiving end of a 84-61 scoreline against University of Sheffield at CitySpace on Wednesday afternoon.

A dismal fourth quarter from Sunderland saw Sheffield outscore their hosts 33-15 but Justas Seselgis’ Sunderland team did compete valiantly for the majority of the match.

Sunderland were slow out of the blocks, conceding the first eight points of the contest which angered Seselgis, who called out a time out with just two and a half minutes played. The ship was settled by some steady play from there on in but the university couldn’t take the lead at any stage. They ended the first quarter 17-12 down.

The five point deficit swung back and forth as Sunderland tried their best to level the scores by shooting from beyond the arc. However, their three point attempts were inconsistent and the amount of turnovers conceded still remained a worry. Despite this, Sheffield only extended their lead by one point heading into the second half with the score at 35-29. 

After the restart, Sunderland’s bench started to make their mark on the game and they got to within a two points of their opponents at one stage but Sheffield still managed to keep hold of their lead. A strong finish to the quarter from the visitors saw them go into the final ten minutes 51-46 to the good.

The fourth quarter was dominated by Sheffield, who ran away with the match behind a solid shooting performance. With fatigue starting to creep into Sunderland’s game, the visitors saw the game out with aplomb as they put together a 23 point advantage by the end of the game.

After the match, Sunderland coach Seselgis said: “We were bad through all the game.

“We were a bit short on rebounds and not boxing out. It’s all repairable but at the end of the day we were weaker and lost the game.”

“We have our next game at home and it’s always better to play at home than away. We are looking forward to the game and keep working on training and see how we’re going to go.”

Sunderland’s next game is against Leeds Beckett University at CitySpace on Wednesday, December 7.

The university currently sit second bottom of their Northern 4B league, with one win to their name from five games.