Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

AWARD JOY FOR STARS; Tees Basketball Celebrates Its Key Players on Glittering Night: BASKETBALL

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

AWARD JOY FOR STARS; Tees Basketball Celebrates Its Key Players on Glittering Night: BASKETBALL

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REPRESENTATIVES from the Teesside basketball world were treated to a red carpet entrance at the Thistle Hotel in Middlesbrough for the third annual Game Time awards presentation.

The evening was compered by James Thomson, head of Game Time and Middlesbrough Lions, and in attendance were a number of special guests to present awards.

These special guests included American professional Ralph Bucci, whose team in Greece have just won the league, Middlesbrough Lions' Nigerian star Acho Anyigbo, Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council's executive councillor for public health and sport, hip hop performer Principul, chairman of TBL Wade Tovey, FMTTM editor Rob Nichols, and from Tees Valley Leisure, deputy managing director Ian Donley and Angie McGee.

The evening celebrated the achievements of basketball enthusiasts of all ages from around the area.

Within the awards categories were Game Time, Tees Schools League, Tees College League, Tees Junior CVL, Teesside Basketball League and Middlesbrough Lions.

All in all, more than 390 medals and trophies were presented.

In the Schools League the big winners were Manor College Heat, but unfortunately they were unable to attend. Nunthorpe Lions Under-14s and Under-16s teams did well by winning the County Cup finals, while a number of individual players are beginning to emerge as very talented contenders for the most valuable players awards.

On this occasion Lewis Fisher was named most valuable player for the Under-16s but faced competition from Dale Harrop of Norton Knights, who helped his team to second place.

Tom Atkinson of Macmillan Academy Magic picked up the coach of the season award for the Under-14s after guiding his team to third place in possibly the strongest division of the schools league.

Game Time this year established a junior Central Venue League, attracting 19 teams and more than 150 players at Middlesbrough College every month.

The big winners were Thirsk Thunder who won the Under-12 league and had two star players pick up awards, with Chris Pallister collecting top scorer and Derek Van Der Westerhausen being voted most valuable player.

Thirsk coach Craig Wakefield was also recognised as he was voted the coach of the season for his Under-12 team, just ahead of Jaycie Hall for Richmond Vikings in the Under-18s.

Vikings' Under-18s championship was partly due to the amazing scoring run from Mark Williams, who finished with 119 points, the next closest player being Dan Brown on 59 points.

In the Teesside Basketball League, Richmond Vikings were recognised for their amazing turn in fortunes by collecting coach of the season for Jaycie Hall and player of the season in Lee Norton.

Norton has been instrumental in Vikings' success this season after joining in the summer and helped the Yorkshire outfit to second place, a huge improvement on the previous season when they lost every game. …

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