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Giants prove just too strong.

Byline: PETER CLARKE

UNPREDICTABLE Tees Valley Mohawks had a mixed weekend, winning away from home against Sheffield Arrows 73-67 but then losing to division two new boys Mansfield Giants by 74-65.

Alex Moore, pictured, top scored at Sheffield with 16 points and Michael Thompson added 14, while John Palmer scored 13.

There was no repeat against Mansfield because Mohawks slept in from the tip off as the visitors piled on nine quick points from Daniel Watts and Kirk Davis. A shell shocked home side looked tired and found it difficult to get any sort of rhythm going.

Captain Ikke Attah began the fightback in the last three minutes to pull the score back to 20-11 at the end of the first quarter.

The second started at blistering pace with a long three from Thompson which was immediately emulated by Giants' Sean Knight at the opposite end.

Mohawks notched points from Lee Woolams and James Burton, although the Mohawks wobbled as Giants' Ayodeji Deji Jegede and Davis again kept the visitors well ahead.

Scottish international Attah scored six points for the Teessiders as he dominated under the basket to pull the game to within three points until Jegede hit a three and Davis (13 points) intercepted and slammed home.

Late points from Attah (17 points) before the buzzer left Hawks 30-37 down at half time.

The second half began like the second quarter with threes from Gaints captain Dan Richards and Mohawks' Thompson (19 points) as the game opened up with the visitors in control.

Thompson hit six unanswered points to make the contest a one point game but Mansfield's momentum picked up with quick, vital scores from Knight, Jegede, Davis and the game's top scorer Watts (27 points) to give the visitors a clear 60-51 lead going into the last ten minutes.

The final quarter saw the Giants snuff the game out with their big men heavily marking the influential Attah out of the contest. Mohawks chased the game with all out offensive tactics leaving the back wide open with several easy lay ups from Richards and Watts.

Mohawks next home game is on Sunday, tip off 6.30pm, against Division One Durham Wildcats in the Second Round of the National Cup.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 6, 2010
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