Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Steutel's Happy with Double Derby Success; MEN'S BASKETBALL

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Steutel's Happy with Double Derby Success; MEN'S BASKETBALL

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TEAM Northumbria came through their double derby mission unscathed with a 99-52 win over Gateshead at Sport Central.

Marc Steutel's men had travelled to Tees Valley 24 hours earlier in an EBL1 Trophy clash which saw them clinch a 62-57 victory.

Steutel was pleased but not blown away by his team's performance on Teesside.

He said: "In the first half we were good.

"We showed glimpses of what potential we have this year and I said that to the guys afterwards.

"The second half tested our character.

"There are a lot of areas in which we will look to be better, especially improving our consistency."

The coach's words seemed to have immediate effect on TN as they followed up Saturday's success with a more comfortable win over Gateshead in the National Cup.

TN led from tip to buzzer with high pressure during the first quarter, forcing a Gateshead time-out with two minutes remaining - only for the hosts to post a 29-18 first-quarter lead.

The advantage was increased further during an impressive second period - TN opening up a 21-point lead at the half. …

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