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Mohawks gunned down by flying Dragons; BASKETBALL.


TEES Valley Mohawks opened their league programme with an 81-64 defeat away to a strong Bradford Dragons side.

Mohawks started the game brightly, going on an 11-0 run with big plays from captain Ike Attah at both ends of the court, while a fantastic passing move led to Acho making his trademark two hander explosive dunk.

By the end of the quarter Pabreiza hit a three pointer to finish the session with Mohawks leading by a slender one point at 17-16.

Mohawks fought well in the second quarter with good shooting from Micheal Thompson and Lee McLaughlin, although sloppy passes caused Bradford to get easy plays plus another two three pointers from Pabreiza saw the home side take a 34-28 half time lead.

A half time rallying talk from coach Steve Butler sparked signs of a comeback with Ike Attah and Carl Colmer playing some good inside-outside game, but it was Bradford again who extended their lead by 16 points with good play from Vance Silcott and Sulcs at the end of the third quarter.

During the final session Tees Valley showed their fighting spirit and never give up and they were spurred on by the influential captain Ike Attah.

But as baskets traded, Tees Valley couldn''t get back into the game and Bradford saw the game out.

Butler said: "We showed everyone exactly how good we can be when we move the ball around and get everyone involved at the start of the game.

"Bradford are a well drilled team and execute their offence very well but our main problem was we made too many schoolboy errors.

"In this league you cannot expect to win a game when we had over 20 turnovers which led to Bradford hitting at least 24 points off fast break lay ups.

"We must protect the ball and look after the ball a lot better if we want to compete in this league.

"We travel to London next week in what is another very tough test against Westminster who are currently tied in first place with Bradford with a 2-0 record.

"If we look after the ball better next week and work on the positive things that came out of this game I''m hoping we can bring a win back to Teesside and get our season going."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 27, 2010
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