By Luke Vinton

Sunderland men’s basketball seconds ended their 2016 BUCS campaign in defeat, losing 86-53 to a clinical Leeds Beckett side.

The Northern 4B league clash saw both sides level on points in the division ahead of tip-off, despite Leeds having two extra games in hand.

Sunderland, playing at home, were looking to end a run of four consecutive defeats, while Leeds had also lost their last two matches.

With both sides in desperate need of a victory, Leeds began the brightest, taking a 22-12 lead at the first quarter before they went into the half-time break 53-23 up. Many of Leeds’ points were down to excellent three-pointers.

However, Sunderland refused to give up and continued to make their opponents work hard for their win, even though they were considerably behind on the scoreboard.

Leeds kept their composure and remained comfortable after going into the final quarter 79-41 ahead before sealing the result in a strong final quarter.

The Wearsiders will have to wait until the new year before their next match against York St John’s firsts, who sit bottom of the table and are yet to register a point so far this season.

After claiming a vital 70-66 win over YSJ in the reverse fixture at Sunderland’s CitySpace, Sunderland must see this match as a huge opportunity to get some much needed points when they travel to York in February.