TyneMet Titans book another national final spot

TyneMet College’s basketball team visited Maiden Castle Sports Centre at Durham University to try and defend their regional title.

The team from Wallsend have a rich history in the competition, winning every BCS North East tournament since British Colleges Sport divided Yorkshire and the north east as separate regions in 2009.

The Titan’s first test was against their rivals at Middlesbrough College but after a slow start they ran out 29-4 winners.

It was a blowout against Queen Elizabeth at Darlington College as the Titans won 35-0 and they made it three wins from three with a strong team performance against Hartlepool College of Further Education, winning 28-8.

In the deciding game against Gateshead College, and a place in the national finals representing the region, the Titans stormed into a 20-0 lead after six minutes, before running out 27-7 winners.

Coach Marc Steutel said: “I’m really happy with how all players contributed to a great day and good performances.

“Obviously results were positive and we are delighted we get another chance at the BCS National Finals; however I am extremely happy with the positive developments shown by all individuals.

“We have finished second at the nationals losing extremely close games in the final the previous two years so some of the guys have a chip on their shoulder with trying to do one better. Time will tell.”

The national finals will take place at Bath University in April.