Teesside Lions crowned champions

Teesside’s own Red Lions were crowned Champions of the Teesside International Basketball Tournament at Eston Sports Academy following the culmination of 12 games of basketball including some thrilling encounters with Canadian side Edmonton Stormhawks.

Lions finished with a 5-1 win/loss record, three points ahead of Edmonton Stormhawks A who were the runners up.

The Most Improved Player for the tournament was awarded to Canadian Augustine Lesarwa from the Stormhawks A.

Lesarwa displayed a range of silky moves throughout the event, had a nice finish around the basket and hit some big shots.

He also showed a maturity and composure with a real understanding of the game.

The Most Valuable Player of the tournament was awarded to English player Charles Copeland who has impressed over both days with his commitment, ability and unselfish play.

Copeland collected a record four game MVPs with some impressive stats including 2nd in scoring with 131 points, third in rebounds with 67, second in assists with 10 and eighth in steals with six.

The All Star MVP was awarded to Josh Thomson who hit a game high 27pts in a victory for the English All Stars.

Thomson was one of many Red Lions who impressed throughout the tournament and led the event in assists with 17, fourth in blocks and ninth in rebounding.

All Star Teams
Khalid Kalif
Hoghy Falcao
Augustine Lesarwa
Connor Ritchot
Sophia Blanchette
Rowyn Kornberger
Lawrence Aquino
Begi Khelaia
Isaac Nanongo
Nick Imnadze

Josh Thomson
Charles Copeland
Caleb Gardner
Matthias Ruddick
Kody Durance
Ben Fox
Luke Knighton
Chris Palmer
Jonathan Wetherley
Brad Coxon

Taya Johnson was made an honorary All Star after dislocating her elbow at Camp on Thursday.

Full results, team & players stats, photos and game video at www.TeessideLions.com