Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cock-a-Hoop Attournament

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cock-a-Hoop Attournament

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Pupils from special needs schools across East Cleveland played out their hoop dreams at a top tournament.

The annual event, which started in 2005, saw the first-ever champions Kilton Thorpe, play alongside Kirkleatham Hall, Rye Hills, EOTAS and Abbey Hill.

The event, organised by Redcar and Cleveland School Sports Partnership and Game Time Sports Management, saw trophies lifted aloft for the championship, most valuable player and sportsmanship.

The tournament took place at David Lloyd Centre, Game Time Basketball Academy's previous home on the banks of the River Tees in Stockton.

EOTAS, which stands for Education Other Than At School, proved the stronger team on the day and took top honours, beating Kirkleatham Hall 32-8 in the final. They were so dominant that they even gave the younger opposition players some help during games.

Organiser, Carolyn Rylander said: "It was great to see that the EOTAS players, twice the size of the opposition and much older and stronger, were actually helping the younger ones on the other teams. …

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