The new-look TyneMet College basketball team got off to a flying start in their first competitive game of the 2013/14 season against Bradford College.
Four second year players – Eddie Matthew, Danny Horta Darrington, Alex Parr and Zak Whelan – were joined in the starting line up by first year player Gregor Gray.
The opening basket of the game was a perfectly executed lob pass from Whelan to Matthew who converted smoothly. From this point onwards, all five players combined for an opening quarter score of 32-10.
The second quarter was more of the same as the Titans defence proved to be stifling as ever holding the hosts to four points in the period as TyneMet extended their lead to 52-14.
Matthew hit a scoring barrage with 12 points in the third quarter as TyneMet led 72-22 going into the last period of play.
The fourth quarter was an opportunity for all first year players to get some vital experience at this level and played the whole time.
There were scores for Andy Ross and Sami Nasri as the final score was 79-40.
Coach Marc Steutel said: “The performance was positive for many reasons. Firstly we got the opportunity to get all players some valuable experience at this level which was the first time for many.
“Also the way in which we shared and moved the ball for each was really encouraging.
“Finally we were able to start to implement our own brand of basketball on the defensive end. Its early days, but hoping we can continue to build on last year’s success.”