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Good news and bad news this Sunday for TADEA Middlesbrough Lions, the bad news is that the planned opposition; Bury Blue Devils have conceded the game being unable to field a team. The good news is Lions are awarded the 2pts and there will still be a game for the fans.
The club in a very short space of time have managed to secure two of the fastest developing teams in the North East in Darlington Storm and Sunderland to give the fans a double treat.
As a season finale Middlesbrough will now be treating their fans to two games for the price of one! The first game against Darlington will now take place at 3.30pm and this will be followed immediately after by the Sunderland game. TADEA Lions coach; James Thomson spoke of the clubs frantic search since being informed late on Wednesday of Bury’s withdrawal. “The important thing for the club was to bring in a replacement team to entertain the fans. We wanted to go one better and so we have brought two!”
Darlington have a good team and are currently unbeaten in their league so the game should be interesting. Lions Coach Thomson and his team face a tough weekend ahead with a Durham League Cup game on Friday night, Burnley away on Saturday and the final home game at Eston on Sunday “We are expecting a big crowd being the final game and I am thrilled to say the show will still go on!”
Darlington were formed by former National League player John Thompson who started out with the successful Derby Trail Blazers. He has assembled a strong squad with an international flavour. 4 players are from Lithuania & point guard Jules Gaminde is from Philippines. “We are a young club but have managed to attract some very good players and I am hoping we can perform well on the big stage at Eston.”
Lions will have the edge in terms of talent & experience at a high level, although they will be tired after 2 games in the previous 2 days and hoping that no new injuries will be incurred. Darlington will be looking to the talented Adam Pearson & Chris Lyle who can both score high while their may be a battle of dunks with the athletic Nidijus Skapas aiming to impress.
David Lunt is another to watch and is a former North England player with strong passing ability.
This season Darlington have literally taken the league by storm, are currently unbeaten & TBL D2 Cup Champions but can they remain undefeated after Sunday?
Sunderland are led by Gary Crowhurst, a shooting guard from Stevenage who has a good shot from both inside and outside the perimeter. Gary is also the coach of the team. Who play their home games at the impressive £12m CitySpace which boasts one of the first new official courts in the UK and a 500 capacity.
The main threats for Sunderland come in the form of Diego Prado, a 6’5 power forward who has great athleticism and excellent rebounding. Fellow athlete; Marvin Isebor is a player to watch at both ends of the court.
Antwan Benjamin from Canada and Clement Delpouve from France bring a cosmopolitan flavour to the side while local boys Luke Musgrave, Vince Elwick & Chris Bland make up the rest of the squad.