Tees Valley Mohawks basketball club went to Scotland to compete in a tournament hosted by Dundee Basketball club.
The u16 and U14 teams travelled light with only 7 players in each squad but came back out and out winners with some dominating displays against very good Scottish teams.
The under 14 took on Dundee under 14's squad on the saturday and lost in a close affair, Lewis Viveash and Max Poulter were dominate on the defensive boards whilst young Kobe Skedd put into the starting line up at just aged 11 was in fine form hitting some big shots. The socre line was close throughout but Captain Lewis Butler fouled out with 7 minutes remaining whch helped Dundee past the finish line to take the victory. After some change of tactics overnight Mohawks beat Dundee the following day with Lewis Butler top scoring with 21 points well supported by new signing Josh Sholder who had 17 points. A Mohawks mixed team of u14 and U16 saw them convincing beat Glasgow to sit pretty at the top of the U14 league table and take the crown as Dundee Tournament champions.
Mohawks Under 16 dominated with 3 victories against Dundee (A), Dundee (B) and an adult team from Menzieshill town. All the players played fantastic throughout the tournament with diufferent players stepping up in different games, Lewis Walker, Dan Kelsey and Jake Butler dominated against Dundee (A) whilst Ellis Huntley and Jack Winter showed great skills against Dundee (B) squad. With all three victories Mohawks sat pretty at the top of the table to be crown Champions of the Dundee tournament. Club Chairman Steve Butler says " It was a fantastic weekend for our players to bond and spend tim away off the court as well as on it. The basketball we played showed we are ready for the season but with 6 weeks still remaining we can still improve and have a real go at the leagues this season. It was great to win but it was about getting players ready for the season and giving people the opportunity to get valuable court time. Im really proud of the effort, attitude and behaviour of the Mohawks squad, it was a pleasure taking them to Scotland and showing Scotland what Mohawks basketball is all about."
Tees Valley Mohawks are pleased to announce that 4 players have got into the final 16 of the North East England u15 squad. Coach Sam Roxborough had 36 players to choose from and has narrowed it down to 16 and these 16 players will battle it out for the final 12 spots over the next couple of weeks to make the squad to go to Manchester to compete against the best the country has to offer in September. Mohawks club chairman says " Every day these players give everything they have got and leave it on the court. Its fantastic to get 4 players into the last 16 and now the real hard work starts to impress the coaches to get into the last 12 to make the roster."
The Mohawks players are Jake Butler (pictured right) Daniel Kelsey, Jack Winter and Elliott Gibson. the chairman adds " Im so proud, the clubs hard work and committment is paying off as we are now producing top players at all levels and we will continue to develop the players so that their can compete at the highest level."
The Mohawks U15 and U17 players have done all their can to impress the North East England coaching staff and will have to wait to see which players made the cut. Tees Valley Mohawks chairman Steve Butler says " i went on Sunday to see the final try outs and all the Mohawks players give good examples of themselves, It is going to be a tough choice for the coaching teams as the u15 had 36 try outs trying to get into the team of 12 and U17 had 32 players trying out in total so its going to be a very tough choice as they was alot of talent on show for the coaches to witness."
Rumour has it that by Tuesday 11th of July an email will be sent out to all players who have made the cut so these players have another 24 hour wait to see if they've made the cut. Mohawks chairman adds " No matter what happens im so proud of all the players who were trying out the last two weekends, Good luck to all our members" Kee posted to see if any of our players made the cut.
Tees Valley Mohawks are hoping their fantastic summer can continue as it time for the u15 and u17 Mohawks players to impress the North East of England regional coaches this weekend. Mohawks have 6 players trying to make the squad of 12 for the u15 team and 5 players trying to make the very tough U17 roster this season. Tees Valley Mohawks have had good representation at the u11 and u13 rosters.
Club Chairman / Coach Steve Butler says " The boys have worked tirelessly throughout the whole season and it would be great if we can get our players onto each roster. We've worked hard over the past couple of years to give these kids a chance and every year we seem to be getting more and more into the squad which is great for the area."
The try out for the North East teams are over the next 2 weekends then a squad of 12 will be selected and train throughout July and August before the tournament which is held in at the National Performance Centre for Basketball in Manchester the weekend 16th and 17th of September. Coach Roxborough and Coach Calvin George have their work cut out for them as over 40 young athletes each age group is expected to descend on Maiden castle Durham to impress the coaching staff with their skills.
Coach Butler says " I went to Manchester for the u13 tournament and its a great venue and a fantastic experience for our guys to play basketball against the best the country has to offer. fingers crossed our guys impress the coaching team and get into the squad of 12 so they can also experience the fantastic facilities and be apart of what is very special weekend and give them memories they wont ever forget."
North East of England regional basketball squad travelled to the National Basketball performance centre in Manchester last weekend to take on the best under 13 players in the country. North East did themselves proud and competed better than any other year which is great for the region. The first day saw North East in Pool B alongside the South, London, East and Yorkshire. Within the format the game is in four quarters and if you win a quarter then you receive 3 points and 1 point for losing a quarter. The first game was against the South region and the final score was 10 - 6 which meant South won 3 quarters and North East won 1. Vice captain Lewis Butler from Tees Valley Mohawks had to be subbed early on with a head injury and had to sit out the rest the game which was a blow to the Region losing their vice captain so early on. The second game saw the eventual winners East dominate North East and took the game 12 - 4. The best game was against London which saw Lewis Butler return to the line up and give some composure to the squad as their won the 1st quarter, London won the second quarter which meant 4 - 4 at half time. North East played their best basketball in the 3rd quarter and were up by 1 point with just 10 seconds remaining but saw London hit a winning shot with only a few seconds left on the clock which had the London crowd on their feet screaming and shouting with delight, London then won the 4th quarter leaving the game 10 - 6. Yorkshire was the final game on Saturday and which saw the saw score line 10 - 6 in favour of the Yorkshire squad leaving North East a 0 - 4 record on the first day with Mohawks Max Poulter hitting some big shots against Yorkshire. The top two teams London and East went through to the semi finals against West Midlands and South East.
On day two North East were playing for a top 5 position knowing 3 wins would see them through but the team looked a little bit flat in the first two games losing 12 - 4 in both games but North East saved their best performance till last as they took on a North West team. Lewis Butler, Max Poulter both starting in a strong five for the North East team but down by 1 point with 10 seconds remaining Lewis Butler found space and hit a 3 pointer to ensure North East won the first quarter, Lewis Viveash defence was incredible in the 2nd quarter with lots of rebounds and good outlet passing but the West came back strongly to win the 2nd quarter but a more confident North East team took control of the game to win the 3 quarter, Lewis Viveash hit 100% free throws in the 4th quarter of which it was very close quarter but it was the West that won the final quarter which meant the scores were tied 8 - 8 which meant it went to the skills challenge that happened before the game. The skill challenge consisted of all players dribbling, passing and shooting earning points for their teams and whoever gets the most points or completes it in the fastest times wins points and it was the West that won the skills challenge to win the game 9 - 8 leaving the North east with a 0 - 7 record and in 10th place.
Tees Valley Mohawks chairman Steve Butler says " North East squad should be very proud of themselves, The team competed better than in any other year, winning 5 quarters throughout the two days and 4 out of the 7 skills challenges, its such a shame they didn't win the Skill challenge in the final game to take home a win their thoroughly deserved. London lost in the final against East and we were so close to beating them on day one as they hit a shot to win the 3rd quarter by 1 point as if that didn't go in and we won that quarter that would of been another win as we won that skills challenge before the game so even though we didn't get a win we battled in every game and showed great determination. My Mohawk boys were great and did themselves credit and im really proud of them, it was a pleasure to see the North East Region compete and make a name for themselves and got good recognition from other regional coaches."
Mohawks are pleased to announce the signing of Brendan Brown for the 2017 -2018 season. Brendan has been a huge player for the club over recent years with being the captain of the U18 squad and played for the Mens Division 2 roster last season helping his team to a Play off position. After 2 1/2 successful years at Middlesbrough college Brendan will move up to Leeds to go to Leeds Beckett University to continue his studies but when he is back in the area will kit up and play for the Mohawks in the Durham League division 1. Club Chairman Steve Butler says " Brendan is a great guy, a pleasure to know and im really proud of him how he has done on the basketball court and off it through his education. He is a great kid and i wish him all the success. Its great he called me up asking about playing whilst he back in the area and the answer was easy... (ofcourse) " Keep posted for more signings.
Tees Valley Mohawks are pleased to announce the signing of David Hanson. Dave has been away in the US studying and playing basketball but has now returned home and will start his teaching career in September at Grangefield School in Stockton. Dave has agreed to sign for the Mohawks local league which is a fantastic coup for the club. Chairman Steve Butler says " Dave is a great guy, a leader on the court and his work rate is second to none, signing him is fantastic as he makes players around him better and will make our Junior player's work hard and they will learn alot from him."
Dave was instrumental in helping Mohawks a few seasons ago as they reached their highest league position in National league division 1 since 2004 as Mohawks came in 5th place and enjoyed a trip to the National trophy final which Mohawks narrowly lost in overtime to Essex Leopards as Dave top scored in that game with a game high 27 points.
Keep posted for more signings shortly.
Tees Valley Mohawk junior stars are stepping up into the mens team for the Division One Durham league campaign.
Mohawks U16 big man Chris Uzomah impressed throughout last season improving every game and was a big influence in the Mohawks going on a 8 - 0 run through November 2016 through to January 2017. Another Mohawks is last season MIP (Most Improved player) Kalim Askari. The durham league is to help our younger players develop and play against men so that their game can be challenged against very tough opposistion. Club Chariman Steve Butler says " Its important these two gys get good court time and are allowed to express themselves on the court, This club is known for allowing younger players to play at a higher level to push them onto the next level. It will be great to see these guys in action next seaon."
Tees Valley Mohawks will be wishing all their under 15 and U17 North East England try outs good luck for the up and coming trials.
The U15 and U17 trials are starting on July 2nd with the second trial on the 9th of July from 1000 to 11:30 and then 1:00 till 2:30.
Bryn Hudson and Matty Thackerey (pictured left) were successful in last years U15 try out and step up to the U17 category this year hoping to impress the coaching staff.
Mohawks coach Steve Butler says " We have alot of players trying out for both age groups this season, We have done incredibly well so far in the U11 and U13 region and hopefully we can get some selected in the U15 and U17 regional teams. I wish all our players trying out the best of luck and will be going along to support them during the try outs.
Mohawks are always looking for the next stars of the future, If your child is interested in playing then please contact Steve Butler through the website contact page and he will get back to you ASAP.
Tees Valley Mohawks are pleased to announce that American Coach Bob Martin will be hosting a basketball shooting clinic for Tees Valley Mohawks on the 24th of June 2017 at Middlesbrough College from 2- 4pm.
Bob travels the country and the world to deliver his 5 star shooting camps and has just come back off a successful trip to Ohio teaching hundreds of kids how to shoot, play basketball, have fun and enjoy the sport of basketball.
Club Chairman Steve Butler says "This is a great opportunity for our kids and after seeing lots of great reports about his camps i had to get in touch and get him to Teesside to deliver a camp for the club. Im really looking forward to sitting back and learning from Bob, I'm sure everyone who registers with the camp with have a fantastic time."
If you're interested in signing up for the camp then please get in touch with Steve Butler through the Mohawks website contact page.
North East England U11 boys and girls team did themselves proud in the National Mini Basketball tournament last Sunday in Sheffield. The North East region are new to the event and have only participated in the event the last couple of years for the boys team and this year was the first time ever a team of girls were able to represent the area which shows the growth of the sport within our region and both teams did themselves proud.
The Boys team came 9th in the competition but from previous experience the boys team would get beat by 30 - 40 points but this year the team biggest defeat was just by 21 and lost a really close game by 3 points which would of seen them come in 8th place. The event isn't ran like normal basketball games, you have 8 players on the team and 4 players on court but all 8 players need to play the same amount of court time, over the last few years the North East Region have only won 1 quarter but this year the team won an incredible 5 quarters out of the 16, this shows that we can challenge and compete with the best the country has to offer and shows massive improvements for the region boys this year. Mohawk star Kobe Skedd (No23) top scored for the NE England boys team with his unit winning 3 of those 5 quarters. Coach Steve Butler says " It was a pleasure coaching the team this year, even though we came 9th we competed a lot better and the games were a lot closer this year than in previous years. As a region we need to improve by encouraging more players to play the sport and get them to attend various coaching sessions throughout the region. We are improving and making good steps forward and it shows on the court as we competed with the best in the country."
The girls team did one better and came 8th in the competition which was a great achievement as the region have never entered a girls team in the mini tournament before this year. The girls team came 8th due to points difference as the team lost by less points than team in 9th place, the girls were very unlucky in the first pool games only losing by 3 points to West Midlands and then by 7 points against the eventual winners South Yorkshire. Mohawks star Bree Butler also led the NE England girls team in scoring with 27 points throughout the tournament and caught the eye off a few coaches from the opposing teams. Coach Kasey Philyaw says " I'm so proud of my girls team, we played really well throughout the day and won 7 of the 16 quarters we had to play but unfortunately we couldn't grab a victory but all the games were so close. The girls give everything and that's all we can ask for." If your child is interested in playing basketball then please contact Steve Butler through the Mohawks website www.teesvalleymohawks.com contact page and he will get back to you about sessions that are running through the summer
Tees Valley Mohawks new woman's basketball have continued to dominate in their 4 pre season games. After winning the first 2 games by just a couple of points news travelled fast as Newcastle Griffins got in touch who play in the Tyne met league wanting to play a friendly. Mohawks travelled up the A19 and put on their best performance to date with a comfortable 70 - 48 victory over a well organised very talented team. Coach Butler says " I explained to the girls that this game was going to be very tough but we controlled the game from start to finish rushing out to an early lead and never letting Griffins into the game." Mohawks were led by American Duo Celina Gougis and Kasey Philyaw who had 20 points and 14 points respectively but it was a combined team effort with Nathasha Hampshire grabbing 8 steals with a total of 10 points to her name. Coach Butler adds " Tonight was a team game, we are starting to get to know each other better and its reaping rewards on the court."
Tees Valley Mohawks then made it 4 - 0 with another comfortable victory 55 - 36 against Nunthrope Bruins. Mohawks didn't have it all they own way with some sloppy play in the first half as Nunthorpe led at half time 24 - 23 with Ruth Barron causing all sorts of problems for the Mohawks defence but fitness and youth helped as Mohawks controlled the second half only allowing Nunthorpe 12 second half points whilst adding 32 themselves. Poppy Fisher, Jade Walton both returned to the line up after missing the Griffins game and hit some big shots. Coach Butler says " Today wasn't as good as Tuesday night against the Griffins but we got the victory and played a lot better in the second half, First half we were missing too many easy shots but that happens sometimes, The ball movement was very good and we controlled the second half and got the victory to achieve our target of 4 wins out of 4 before we break for the summer."
If you're interested in playing basketball and want to join the woman's team then training will be starting at Middlesbrough college every Tuesday night starting in September.
Tees Valley Mohawks basketball club are pleased to announce that 3 of the Mohawks U13 players made the North East Regional England squad. Over the past couple of weeks 46 people across the whole of the North East tried to impress the regional coaching staff and after 3 weeks of tough intense training the staff had the hard job to narrow the 46 down to just 12 players of which all Three Mohawk players made the cut. Lewis Butler, Max Poulter and Lewis Viveash all with national league experience at u14 level impressed the staff and now have the opportunity to represent the region at the finals on the 1st & 2nd July 2017 at the National Basketball Performance Centre, Manchester.
Proud Club Chairman Steve Butler says " Its absolutely fantastic news that all 3 players made the cut this year, they were a lot of competition from players and its was a tough job for the coaches but I cant be any prouder this year, We have 3 boys in the u11 team, one girl in u11 team and now 3 boys in the u13 team which means the club is representing a lot and shows we are producing some very good basketball players. Obviously I'm extremely proud as a parent to see my son Lewis get in but as a coach I cant hide my pride to see all these boys earn the opportunity to play for their region. the hard work and dedication that all three have put in all season is now paying off as their can go up against the best players in the country."
All three Mohawk players made the final 16 spots for the final try outs this sunday. Lewis Butler (pictured left) Lewis Viveash and Max Poulter have made the final 16 cut before the squad is announced after the final try out this Sunday. 46 young players tried out for the Under 13 North East regional squad which has been cut to just 16 and for all three Mohawk players to make the first cut shows that the club is heading in the right direction.
Coach Butler says " Im so proud of the guys, they've worked really hard all season and to make the last 16 is a fantastic achievement, They've got to impress the coaching staff one last time to make the final 12 so we wish them good luck and hopefully we recieve good news later in week about who made the final 12.
Tees Valley Mohawks u13 players have done all their can do to impress the North East England regional coaches over the past 2 weekends and will know on Wednesday which players made the team. Lewis Butler, Lewis Viveash and Max Poulter (pitured left) have worked extremley hard over the past season and have developed into players that can compete with the best in the North East has to offer but with a total of 46 children to choose from its going to be a tough job for the regional coaches. Chairman Steve Butler says "Im proud of these guys, they're a credit to the club and hopefully the guys can make the squad, it will be tough as the coaches have 46 players to choose but the guys will find out on Wednesday who has made the squad so fingers crossed but no matter what happens I'm so proud of all the guys."
Mohawks are always looking for the next superstar so if youre interested please get in touch with Chairman Steve Butler through the contact page on this website.
Tees Valley Mohawks continue their busy schedule with 2 fixtures comingf up in the next few weeks. Firstly the team will travel up the A19 to Newcastle College to take on the impressive Griffins team who play in the tyne met league on Tuesday the 30th of May with a 8:15pm tip off. Mohawks then host Nunthorpe Briuns who play in the Durham league that the team will be competing in next season so will be looking to get the win and continue to develop and get better each time the players step onto the court.
Keep posted for the results.
Tees Valley Mohawks are pleased to announce that 3 of their u11 basketball squad made the Boys U11 North East regional basketball team. Dan Poulter, Lewis Butterwick (Left) and Kobe Skedd all made the 12 strong squad for the tournament which is held in Sheffield on the 11th of July. Coach Butler says " These guys worked hard and impressed the coaching staff during the 2 week try outs. Their deserve the reward for all the hard work their have put in during the season. I'm really proud they have made the squad and look forward to seeing how we do in the tournament."
Tees Valley Mohawks junior development team is growing from strength to strength with more kids attending the session each week, If you would like to join the fastest growing team in the North East then please contact Steve Butler through the website contact page or call on 07895 594018.
Tees Valley Mohawks are pleased to announce that Bree Butler has earned a place in the U11 North East England girls regional team.
Bree has been trying out for the past two weeks trying to impress Coach Kasey Philyaw and was told yesterday that she had been successful in making the squad.
Coach Philyaw says " Bree was fantastic, she played her heart out and is our point guard that runs the team, The other players look to her to get the ball up the floor and get our offence flowing, We are looking forward to the tournament on the 11th of June and seeing what the rest of the country has to offer. We know it will be very tough for our first season but hopefully we can compete and brings some wins back to the North East of England."
The tournament is being held in Sheffield on the 11th of June, keep posted to see how Bree and her teammates do during the event.
Tees Valley Mohawks women's team continued their fantastic start as a club with a 64 - 62 victory over Bradford Cobras last Sunday. New signing's Poppy Fisher, Alice Pugh and Emma Foster all made their Mohawks debut in a fantastic victory. The basketball was a high standard game with some terrific outside shooting from the Bradford Cobras whilst Mohawks fast breaking offence caused Bradford all sorts of problems throughout. Coach Butler says " Its great to get the victory, We controlled the game throughout and had double digit leads twice but credit to Bradford for not giving up and hitting some incredible shots late on which saw the game become very close down the stretch. Im proud of the way the girls played and we can only get better as we train together and get better as a team." If you're interested in playing womens basketball then the club are training every Sunday from 4 till 6pm please contact Head coach Steve Butler through the contact page on this website or call 07895 594018.
Tees Valley Mohawks are pleased to announce the scheduled dates for the Mohawks TV debut "The Dressing Room"
We are pleased to announce that transmission dates for The Dressing Room have now been confirmed.
The 6-part series is scheduled to air weekly from Monday 5th June until Monday 10th July 2017 at 9pm on Channel W. the channel numbers are.. Sky 109/245, Virgin 124/191, BT & TalkTalk 407 On demand on Sky and Virgin. Can't wait to see our club on TV.....
Tees Valley Mohawks are sad to announce their wont be entering a Men's National league team for the 2017 - 2018 season. CLub Chairman says " Due to a few reasons we wont be entering a team this season and concentrating on expanding and developing our junior programme. This isnt a easy decision to be made but i feel for the benefit of the club we needed to take a step back and build a bigger and better foundation for the club to run. This isnt a crisis as we have 9 teams competing still under the Mohawks Banner but we wont be competing in Division 2 this year."
Tees Valley Mohawks would like to thank all their supporters, volunteers and helpers who have helped throughout the seasons and will be hoping the support continues so we can develop and grow as a club.
Tees Valley Mohawks women's team got off to a winning start in their first ever game with a 47 - 44 victory over Stockton Puma's. Mohawks got off to a good start with some impressive play from the girls leading the first quarter 17 - 8. Stockton produced some godo shooting in the second quarter but it was Mohawsk who continued to lead the game as their went into the second half with a 9 point advantage. Mohawks extended their lead in the 3rd quarter to 16 points but a mini revival saw Stockton clode the gap to just 7 points going into the 4th. Baskets were traded in the fourth quarter but a big three pointer from Lauren Bennett for Stockton saw the teams tied up at 40 - 40 but a strong finish from Mohawks saw them control the final few minutes to take the victroy 47 - 44. Coach Butler says " Its great to get our first win as a team, We have a lot to work on as a team but for the team to only know each other for 2 hours last sunday we played some good basketball so the signs are fantastic for this club." Mohawks next open try out / training is on Sunday the 7th of May from 4 - 6 at Olympia Building Teesside Univeristy. If youre interested in playing then please contact Steve Butler through the Mohawks website contact page or come along next Sunday.. Session is £4 per person.
Tees Valley Mohawks are pleased to announce the signing of American Kasey Philyaw for the 2017 - 2018 season for the Durham league division 1 campaign. Kasey is from Calfornia but has been in England for the past 4 years studying at Durham University and has helped her BUCS team get into the final fours every season including helping her team earn the Silver medal for the past season as Durham Narrowly lost in overtime to Loughborough University in the BUCS Finals. Kasey has led her teasm in assists for the past 4 years and is a true point who can score freely when required. Coach butler Says " This is a massive signing for our programme, Kasey is a fantastic player and runs the point with ease. She is a true team player and a leader on the court whilst making everyone around her better." Kasey will make her Mohawks debut tomorrow night against Stockton Pumas at Grangefield Academy Stockton and will be looking for a victory to get Mohawks off to a winning start. Kasey Says " I'm excited to join the Mohawks and are really looking forward to the season starting, It will be a good season and I'm cant wait for our first game tomorrow night, I've heard from coach that Stockton are a good team so we will see where we need to improve and what are our strengths before the season starts so that we can work on in training. The girls look keen and its an exciting time at the club."
Mohawks will be annoucing more signings over the next few weeks, please keep posted for news, signings and tomorrow nights game report.
Tees Valley Mohawks new womans team had their first try out session yesterday with 12 girls turning up wanting to be apart of the team. Coach Butler put the girls through their paces and was very impressed with the effort the girls put in. " Coach Butler says " Today was very good, the girls put in 100% and i was very impressed for our first session. we had 12 girls there today with a few missing who have shown interest but couldnt make it so the signs are good for the team."
Mohawks have recruited some very good players and are looking forward to the game against Stockton Pumas on thursday which will show Coach Butler just where about's the team are in. he adds "On Thursday all the girls will get good court time and it will be a very tough game against Stockton who came 3rd in the league and runners up in the cup this season. it will show me the areas we need to improve in and what are our strengths."
More new signings will follow shortly.... Keep posted for the result on thursday's game.
Tees Valley Mohawks are pleased to announce their first ever Women's team will be participating in the Durham League for the 2017 - 2018 season. Club Chairman Steve Butler has being recruiting over the past few weeks with lots of girls wanting to play and join the club.
Jade Walton (left) was the first of 5 Teesside University girls that have committed to the club and thats a great start for the club. Butler says " Its great to have Jade and the girls from the Uni apart of the club, We are looking to build a strong squad that can compete in the league and challenge ourselves over the season." Tees Valley Mohawks will announce a few more signings over the next few weeks.
Mohawks woman try outs are being held on Sunday the 23rd of April from 4 - 6pm and already have a game scheduled for the 27th against Stockton Pumas.
Mohawks season came to an end yesterday with a narrow 67 - 65 defeat in front of a packed out crowd at Queens campus, Stockton. Mohawks head coach Steve Butler says " Its a huge blow for us as we feel we were the better team today and strange referee decisions cost us the result down the stretch. I'm proud of everyone at the club and its such a shame our season came to an end like that. "
Tees Valley Mohawks led for the majority of the game after a fantastic first half performance, both teams played some great basketball and it was close throughout. Newcastle started the second half brightly taking the lead for the first time but that was short lived with Mohawks finishing the 3rd quarter strongly to gain advantage once more. Baskets were traded with no team leading for long but some strange decisions allowed Newcastle 8 free throw trips to Mohawks 2 down the stretch which give Newcastle the upper hand. Down by 2 with 6 seconds remaining Coach Butler runs up a play which was excuted well only for the shot from Ben Seipt to drop short off the rim and safely into the hands of a Newcastle player as the buzzer sounded. Coach Butler adds " This season has been a good season and i wish to thank all our supporters who came today to support the club, such a shame we arent playing in the semi finals but we will build for next season and try again."
Tees Valley Mohawks are hoping to cause an upset this weekend as they take on Newcastle University in the 1/4 finals of the play off's this Sunday.
The game will be held at Queens campus, Durham University, Stockton campus with a tip off scheduled at 3:00pm Coach Butler says " You play the whole season for the play off's, if your not excited by this time of the year then you shouldn't be a basketball player. We have worked well in training and are looking forward to the game, It will be a tough game against a very well organised team but if we can continue our good form then we could cause an upset." Newcastle are on the back of a defeat at the hands of league champions Kent Crusaders so Coach Hewitt will be looking for a response. Coach Butler adds " I know Ian very well and i know he wouldnt be happy with his teams perfromance last week and will be expecting a response from his players."
Mohawks will be hoping for a big crowd as its an advantage to the Mohawks club with the game being held in Stockton so its not alot of travelling for the clubs supporters. Butler adds " I'm hoping our fantastic fans will come out in force and help the guys in the game, We need their support, cheering and singing to be our 6th man."
Tees Valley Mohawks take on Team Newcastle University in the 1/4 finals of the play off's. Newcastle lost the battle for the championship last weekend against Kent Crusaders which means newcastle finished in 2nd place. The game will be held at Queens Campus, Durham University, Stockton on Sunday the 2nd of April at 3pm.
This is a fantastic opportunity for Mohawks fans to support the club... More details will be posted soon.
Tees Valley Mohawks finished their regualr season in style with a convincing 75 - 55 victory over Doncaster Danum Eagles last weekend to finish 7th in the league. Mohawks controlled the game from start to finish with Mohawks taking an early lead and not allowing the Eagles back into the game. Mohawks travelled with a full squad including James Musgrove who has recovered from his ankle injury in the victory over Liverpool a few weeks ago as he missed out of a total of three games. Charlton Jones top scored once again with 27 points but was well supported by Ben Seipt 16 points and Lauire Owen 15 points.
Mohawks now face either Newcastle University or Kent Crusaders in the 1/4 finals of the play off's, both teams are battling it out for the top spot championship as their go head to head next sunday for the league title. With Mohawks finishing 7th it meansthe club would take on the losers of that game. Coach Butler adds " i would rather play newcastle, Alot less travelling andwe match up better with Newcastle. Whoever we play it will be a very tough game but we fear no one and anything can happen in the play off's."
Keep posted on who Mohawks play in the 1/4 finals of the play off's.
Mohawks juniors had mixed emotions this weekend, The Under 14 team came away with a 86 - 74 victory over Leeds Force 2 but the Under 16 came away with a defeat against the Impressive Leeds force team 67 - 51.
Mohawks under 14 had Jack Winter and Dan Kelsey once again for the victory who hit a combined 69 points out of the 86 in total. Stand in Coach Winter says " All the team played well, i was able to rotate the bench giving people lots of time and ran out comfortable winners."
Mohawks under 16's lost to Leeds Force one but Leeds have their star man to thank for the victory with an impressive 55 points of his teams 67. Coach Kelsey says " We had a poor second quarter which allowed them to take control and we were always playing catch up from then on.We played well and hope to get back to winning ways next weekend against Durham."
Club Chairman Steve Butler adds " Its great to see the parents stepping in whilst Coach Viveash is away with work committments. I'm proud of the guys and with just one game remaining on the season i hope that we can win both games to finish the season on a high note."
Tees Valley Mohawks took at big step towards making the play off's with a huge win over London Westside in the captial 94 - 91. Charlton Jones was inspirational in the victory with a massive 47 personal points adding 8 assists to earn the MVP award.
Coach Butler says " CJ was fantastic but it was the teams defence in the fourth quarter which allowed us to take control of the game late in the 4th quarter. We didnt start well again but finished strongly and i'm proud of the guys efforts."
Mohawks travelled to Nottingham the following day but missed out on an opportunity to guarentee play off with a narrow defeat 72 - 64 CJ top scored once again with 23 points giving him a total of 70 points on the weekend but it was Laurie Owen who earned the MVP award hitting 14 points including 4 three pointers. Coach Butler adds " It was a tough game but was close throughout and with it being only a 3 point game with just over a minute to go. Nottingham hit a prayer Three pointer which meant we had to foul to stop the clock giving them free throws to close the game out. Im really proud of the guys effort this weekend, one more victory over the two games will guarantee play offs of which we aimed for at the start of the season."
Mohawks Under 14 team will be hoping to get back to winnings ways against Leeds Force 2 team after their narrow defeat against Newcastle Eagles last weekend. Young Kobe Skedd had an impressive game last weekend and the club will be hoping his confidence keeps going into this game. Club Chairman Steve Butler says " Last week we were disappointed in the defeat but we learn from our mistakes and grow from it. Leeds Force 2 are a good team but we should be too strong for them as after speaking to their coach last weekend two of their better players are missing this game."
Mohawk juniors finish a fantastic season away to Cheserfield the week after and will be hoping to fininsh the season with 2 wins.
Tees Valley Mohawks under 16's take on the impressive Leeds Force side who will be looking for revenge after a narrow defeat against the Mohawks back in November. Mohawks had a fantastic 4th quarter 31 - 16 to win the close game 78 - 73. Leeds have since gone on and won 7 of their last 8 games only losing to league leaders Sheffield Sharks 2. Coach Butler says " This weekend will be very tough but we are full of confidence only losing 1 game in the last 9 fixtures, this will be a close game. If we can play the way i know we can then i'm confident we can cause another upset but Leeds will be up for this one after our game in November."
Mohawks u16 will finish the season next weekend against Local rivals Durham Wildcats.
As one gets back to full fitness with Josh Djanogly and is out for the weekend. James Musgrove rolled his ankle last weekend in the victroy against Liverpool but was unable to train this week and is out for this weekend's double header fixture away in London and Nottingham. Coach Butler says " James Musgrove has been fantastic this season and hopefully his injury isnt too bad as he has been in great form." The club will be keeping a close eye on his recovery as with only a few weeks left of the season Mohawks would like to have a full squad to challenge for the play off spots.
Tees Valley Mohawks are pleased to announce that Josh Djanogly is back to full fitness and is raring to go in the final four league games for the clubs play off push. Josh injured his Ankle in the first game back after the christmas break and missed the following 4 games through injury. He came back against Ipswich and Liverpool on selected minutes but is now back 100% looking to help his teammates get into a good play off position.
Coach Butler says " Josh has been a great asset to the team. His injury was a blow to the club but its great to have him back 100%. I've looked after his minutes in recent weeks to allow him to recover so that we have him 100% ready for the play off push and hopefully a good run in the play off's."
Josh standing at 6'9 has contributed well in the Mohawks camp this year averaging 8 points and 7 rebounds a game. Coach Butler adds " Josh has done well but i'm challenging him to get double doubles each game from now on, With this help from him we can cause an upset or two in the least few home games."
With great sadness former Tees Valley Mohawk 7'7 star Neil Fingleton passed away Saturday 25th of February 2017.. Neil from Durham starting with the Mohawks junior team Teesside Huskies at the young age of just 13 years old standing at 7 foot tall. He helped the Huskies develop into a force to be reckoned with in the local leagues before making his debut at the age of 14 for the Mens first team Stockton Mohawks before heading to the USA. Neil spent alot of time playing in America. He attended Holy Name Central Catholic School in which he graduated in 2000 and helped his team to the Division 1 title with a 22 - 4 record as well as earning a scholarship to the University of North Carolina. Neil came back to the Mohawks mens team in November 2006 before signing a professional contract in Spain with a team called CB Illescas before a injury forced Neil to retire from the sport in 2007.
Neil then started to fulfil his dream of becoming an actor and worked in various christmas Pantomines across the country before his big break in 2013 as he appeared in the film 47 Ronin working alongside the Hollywood star Keanu Reeves. In 2014 he played the part of Giant Mag the Mighty in the top TV series Game of Thrones. More roles came along from this which included Jupiter ascending and the Avengers.
Neil was announced as Britains tallest man standing at the height of 7'7.56 and is among the top 25 tallest people in the world.
Neil will be sorely missed from everyone who ever knew him acorss the world. He was a true Mohawk and always spoke to Coach Butler and Hanson about how the team were doing. He was a true gentlemen, a pleasure to know and geniune nice kind guy......our prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time.
RIP Neil Fingleton 18th December 1980 - 25th February 2017
Mohawks have got 6 league games remaining and a good run toward the end of the season will see Mohawks in the Play off's. After a shutterring start to 2017 Mohawks are playing the teams around them in the league over the next 6 games and a few wins would ensure a play off place. Coach Butler says " We have played well against tough opposistion but now its time to turn good performances into winning performances against the teams close to us in the league. "
Laurie Owen has been in good form of late shooting a high percentage from the floor and coach butler hopes that will continue. " We need Laurie to continue this good form he is in right now. He is being more aggressive on the offensive end and had 4 steals last weekend on the defensive end. We can beat teh teams around us but no games in this league are easy so we will have to have the whole team performing well to get the league points we need for the play off's."
Mohawks take on Ipswich this weekend away and will be hoping to bring the league points back to Teesside, Keep posted for the result on the website or Mohawks facebook page.
Mohawks nearly caused an upset against League Leaders Newcastle University. Mohawks lost 84 - 75 but the scoreline didnt give the Mohawks credit as the game was close throughout with both teams leading by 8 points during the game. Alex Moore (pictured left) had a great game with 21 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds, well supported by charlton Jones who hit a game high 25 points.
Former Mohawk Player Romonn Nelson had a great game against his former club to help his team stay at teh top of the division.
Mohawks next game is title chasing Thames Valley Cavaliers who had a shutter start to 2017 but got back to winning ways with a convincing win over Nottingham Hoods last weekend 86 - 69. Coach Butler says " we played really well in parts and im proud of the guys, i believe the game could of gone either ways but we produced to many turnovers and they didnt. but positive signs as we played better this week as a team compared to last weekend win against Nassa."
Tees Valley Mohawks under 16 squad make it a sweet seven in a row with a comfortable victory over Leeds Tigers 65 - 37.
Elliott Gibson earn the MVP award with a great perfromance including 10 points, 5 rebounds.
Tees Valley Mohawks chairman Steve butler says " Coach Viveash did a great job as i was away with the men team. He told me the team played good team basketball, everyone got involved and the confidence through the team is getting better each week."
Mohawks move up to joint 2nd place in the league which is a fantastic acheivement for the club and with only a few games remaining a good push to the end of season could see the Mohawks earn a play off spot.
Tees Valley Mohawks are looking to cause an upset this weekend as the teams travels the short distance up the A19 to take on league leaders Newcastle University. Coach Butler knows this will be a tough affair with Josh Djanogly and Ike Attah still struggling with an injuries but he is confident the squad still have enough to beat the league leaders. Coach Butler says "We have had trouble with injuries throughout the season but the guys are giving everything each game of which im very proud " Another cause for concern was an injury to Alex Moore (pictured Left) on wednesday night in a Teesside University game as he sat out Thursday night training but has given his word he will be ok for Saturday. Coach Butler adds " Alex is a big part of this organisation and we are hoping he is fine for Saturday. He has played a huge part in our 6 victories this season and we need him to be at his best for this tough game away to the league leaders."
Tees Valley Mohawks will be playing on the show court at Sports Central so there are plenty of spaces for the travelling Mohawk fans. Tip off is at 7:00pm.
Tees Valley Mohawks are pleased to announce the deadline day signing of Luke Thompson. Luke Thompson has dominated local league the last decade. Luke now aged 33 played National League division 4 for Tees Valley Sonics for Coach Butler a few years ago and helped the team reach the play off's in Coach Butler first season. He has enjoyed lots of success in the local league winning every trophy numerous times, He is a great shooter, can attack the basket with ease and standing at 6'4 he offers various different positions to play so its hard to match up. Coach Butler says " Its great that Luke has signed for the club, He is a great player and if i can get his confidence flowing in National league then this is a great signing. He adds depth to the squad and i'm hoping he will challenge the starters and make the rotations more competitive." .
Tees Valley Mohawks got back to winning ways in a close victory over Newham Nassa Neptunes 82 - 79.
Mohawks left it late as Nassa dominated the first half but a great second half performance from the team and in particular Ben Seipt (Left) saw the Mohawks reduce the lead throughout the second half and take the victory to the delight of Coach Butler. Coach Butler says " This game was starnge, We played terrible in the first quarter, not much better in the 2nd quarter but suddenly in the second half we started to click and get going. The team's defence was better, the offence flowed better and we worked harder than Nassa and wanted the win more." Mohawks travel down the A19 to take on Newcastle University this saturday trying to upset the league leaders and Patrons cup finalists. Coach Butler adds "This will be a very tough game but we can compete with anyone in this league and on our day we can cause upsets. We are looking to get a good play off position so for our confidence if we can get this victory on saturday then we will be in good shape for a good play off run."
Mohawks under 14 continued to put pressure on the top two with a dominate display away to Leeds Force 3 team taking a 85 - 50 victory. Mohawks controlled the game throughout with Dan Kelsey and Jack Winter in great form but Coach Butler was able to rest them alot in this game giving the younger players great experience on the court. Young Max Poulter earned MVP with a season high 9 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Coach Butler says " Its great seeing the younger players getting on the scoreboard, Max played really well as did Kobe Skedd but it was a good team effort that got us the victory." Mohawks under 14 have a few weeks rest before getting back in action on the 18th of Feburary.
Tees Valley Mohawks under 16 made made it six wins out of six with two impressive displays over last weekend. Mohawks played back to back with St Aidens Harrowgate and came away with a 70 - 67 victory at home on the saturday and a 82 - 72 victory on the Sunday to take the full 6 league points. Captain Bryn Hudson was impressive form over the weekend with tywo MVP performances hitting a totla of 36 points, 9 assists and grabbing 6 rebounds. Coach Butler says " It was a great team effort over the two days to get the two victories, Everyone contributed and it was a fantastic team performances."
Mohawks move up to 4th position in the league and are hoping teams around them slip up as Mohawks look to continue their fine form and try for the Play off's.
Mohawks are looking to get back to winning ways this weekend as their take on basement side Newham Nassa Neptune. The club arent taking anything for granted as injuries and Illnesses has hit the club in 2017 which has made Coach butler not have a settled first 5 or squad but has meant various Juniors form the u14 and u16 teams given the opportunity to get on the court of which some have actually scored. Mohawks are hoping Ike Attah and Josh Djanogly will be back from injury this saturday but will know more after thursday final team training session.
Coach Butler says " Its great to have Ben back (pictured left) but then Ike and Josh are out, considering we havent had a settled team this season im really proud of how the guys have battled against everything. We have 9 league games left and i think 4 wins will give us a play off spot and hopefully that winning streak can start this weekend. We are certainly not taking this game for granted as we need to be focused as Nassa have some great players and have had some close games throughout the season so we need to be at our best to win this weekend."
Tees Valley Mohawks Under 16's continued their great form with a win against Killamarsh Derbyshire Arrows in overtime 81 - 74.
The game was close throughout the 40 minutes, the crowd were on their feet cheering and screaming in what was the game of the season as Mohawks controlled the overtime period not allowing Killamarsh Derbyshire Arrows to register a single basket winning 7 - 0 in overtime. Killain Bousfield (no13) was in fine form hitting 16 points to go along with his 8 rebounds coming off the bench. Coach Butler says " The crowd were amazing today and really helped us across the line, We played some great basketball but we can still improve in areas. Every game in this league is a tough one but as long as we continue to develop and become better each week then that is all i can ask off the guys. I'm so proud of what they've acheived so far but we can still improve."
Tees Valley Mohawks under 14 squad kept up their great form and moved up to third place in the league by beating Kilalmarsh Derbyshire arrows 80 - 55, dan kelsey continued his fine form hitting 45 points but it was a great team effort that give Mohawks the victory to move ahead of Killamarsh Derbyshire Arrows in the league. Chairman Steve Butler says " The lads are putting great effort in training and on the court and we are playing really well, Dan Kelsey and Jack Winter are too strong for this league but Coach Viveash did a great job getting everyone involved and rested Dan and jack in parts of the game. I'm so pleased for the guys and throughly deserved the victory"
Mohawks under 14 lose the table topping match against York Eagles but York realised they were lucky to take the points back home. Mohawks star men Jack Winter and Daniel Kelsey were in fine form but sometimes players try to hard as both got into foul trouble in the first half. Mohawks controlled the game as York struggled to contain Dan and Jack as Mohawks led at half time by 35 - 31. The third quarter saw Mohawks extend they lead but then daniel Kelsey accidental trips up a York Player as the whistle blown that was the end of Dan's game in the thrid quarter as he picked up his fifth foul. Baskets were traded, Lewis Butler stepped up offensively and time ticked away in the fourth, with 5 minutes remaining Jack picked up his fifth foul leaving the very young, undersized Mohawks to battle it against the best and the Mohawks should be very proud of themselves, Mohawks played good team work and passed the ball around but the height difference was too much as York picked up alot of offensive rebounds and took control of the game and cam eout winners 71 - 61. Mohawks chairman Steve Butler says " The guys did well, it was a strange call for Dan fifth foul but we win as a team and lose as a team, im very proud of the younger players on the team who give their all and i'm proud to have them at teh club." Mohawks fans were amazing once more and the club will be hoping to get back to winning ways against East Durham Lions this Sunday.
Mohawks juniors caused the upset of the weekend by defeating league leaders Bradford Dragons 54 - 48. It was a low scoring game throughout as both defences were up on top as it took 5 minutes for the first poitns to be registered but once Mohawks settled they controlled the first half and went into the locker room up by 4 points 22 - 18. The scoring was alot more fluent in the second half as Bradford started the 3rd quarter better with some good shooting and inside play from their players but with Mohawks vocal crowd behind them the Tees Valley Mohawks team put a fourth quarter in to be proud of. Star man Daniel Kelsey was in dominate form at both ends of the court grabbing rebounds and leading the team in scoring whilst Captain Bryn Hudson hit a valauble 8 points in the 4th quarter alone to give Mohawks the momentum in the final few minutes as Mohawks won a very close game 54 - 48. Coach Butler says " I'm so proud of the players but also of the support we had in the stands, we controlled the game against the best team in the league and that result will do wonders for the guys confidence."
Mohawks Under 14 and under 16 teams will be hoping for a successful 2017 but couldnt ask for a tougher start going against league leaders York Eagles in the u14 league and Bradford Dragons in the u16 league this saturday a Olympia Building.
Mohawks head coach Steve Butler says " We couldnt get a tougher start to 2017 but i'm confident the guys can get the results we need. Both teams have been playing well recently and if we can build on what we've done last year and keep developing then we should do really well." Mohawks take on York eagles at 3pm whilst the U16 take on Bradford Dragons at 5:00pm at Teesside University Olympia Building, victoria rd Middlesbrough. Supporters are welcome, come along and support the future Mohawk stars.
Tees Valley Mohawks will be hoping Laurie Owen can continue his fine form in 2017. Laurie averaged 14 points and 4 assists a game over the last 4 games as Mohawks were able to win 3 of those 4 games with hs help. Mohawks will be travelling to captial of England as their take on London Pioneers onn Sunday the 15th of Janaury. Coach Butler says " January is very important for the club, if we can continue our winning ways and really push up the league we can cause some worries for the rest of the league. We have some very tough games but again alot are at home so we have to use that to our advantage. Lauire has been in fantastic form and we are coming together as a team more now which i hope will continue through to the play offs." keep posted for more details on Mohawks results and up to date news.
Tees Valley Mohawks move up to 8th in the league and into a play off position with a confident display against Doncaster Danum Eagles with a 92 - 78 victory. Head coach Steve Butler says " I was really worried having 4 players out through injury and 1 other out for disaplinary reasons but the team stuck together and pulled through with a fantastic performance, CJ was CJ, running the show scoring when he wanted but making his team mates better." Mohawks missing players and injuries seem to happen to Mohawks tallest players, 6'9 Josh was missing due to family reasons, Ben Seipt 6'5 Ankle injury and Ike Attah 6'5 Hamstring problems, this concerned coach Butler but it was James Musgrove (pictured above) who made those worries disappear with a MVP performance being close to a triple double with 16 rebounds, 9 points and 8 assists. Coach Butler adds "we needed someone to really step up and James Musgrove took that on board and played extremely well. He dominated the boards, took the right shots and found an open man for a jump shot or easy bucket." Mohawks will enjoy the christmas break a little more after 3 wins out of 4 giving them the confidence to continue moving up the league in 2017. Keep posted for more information on news and events throughout the christmas break.
Tees Valley Mohawks u16 finished 2016 off in style with a comfotable victory over Barnsley Leaders with a 78 - 32 win. The game was comfortable throughout as Mohawks set their stall out on the defensive end of the court only allowing Doncaster 2 points in the first quarter whilst scoring 12 themselves. Mohawks went on to score freely over the next three quarters and seemed in no trouble throughout the game. Jake Butler was in inspired form hitting 11 points, 9 assists and 6 steals to earn MVP for the game, he was well supported by daniel kelsey who hit a game high 22 points and 9 rebounds.
Mohawks have now moved up to 8th in the league whih is a great achievement for the club. Coach Butler says " We ahve won 6 games and lost 6. I think its a fair place for us to be in, we have alot of year 10 players which gives them another year in this league so it will be interesting to see what the club can do next year. It is about developing the players and making them better and that is what the club is achieveing, its a great place to be."
Mohawks star man Charlton Jones hits a season high 55 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to help his team earn a 106 - 102 victory over Killamarsh Derbyshire Arrows last weekend. A much needed victory for the Mohawks as they are looking to move up the league towards a play off position.
Head coach says " CJ was amazing on saturday and his shooting percentage was incredible. it was a great team effort but the guys followed his intensity and finished the game strongly which we havent done in the past. Hopefully this is a step in the right direction to go and make our run for the play off's."
Mohawks will be hoping to get another victory before the christmas break as they take on 2nd bottom Doncaster Danum Eagles this saturday at the Olympia building with a tip off at 7:30pm. Head coach Butler adds " in this league you cant underestimate anyone, no game in this league is easy, every team can beat everyone on thier day so we need to be focused and ready to play. Our home record is getting better now so i hope we can use home court advantage and get a much needed 2 points."
Ticket prices for Saturday game are £3 adults and £2 children. Hope to see you there.
Tees Valley Mohawks continue their good run with a comfortable 68 - 34 victory over Chesterfield Flight. Jack Winter continued his fine form hitting a game high 24 points, well supported by Daniel Kelsey 18 and Lewis Butler 9 points. Club chairman Steve Butler says " Our under 14 team are playing really well, we are keeping the pressure on the top two and have to play both teams at home in 2017 so it will be a interesting season after the christmas break. we are hoping to reach the play offs like last season which means we have to finish in the top two so every game is vital."
Mohawks under 14 take a well earned rest until January now with a 5 - 2 record losing to York (currently 2nd) and Newcastle Eagles (1st) but will be hoping to get them back when both teams travel to Olympia in 2017.
Mohawks under 16 turn on the style against local rivals Durham wildcats in the U16 development league last weekend with a comfortable 60 - 42 victory. Tees Valley Mohawks started brightly with Bryn Hudson and Jake Butler (Pictured left) scoring freely whilst Big Daniel Kelsey grabbing rebounds reducing Durham's second chance points. A great 1st half saw Mohawks dominate and were able to run the bench which slowed the scoring up but never looked in any trouble of losing the game with a double digit lead throughout. Coach Butler says " all the lads did they job today, we had a plan which worked perfectly in the first half which allowed the team to enjoy the second half without too much panic. I'm proud of the guys as this keeps our push up the table in our first season at u16 level."
Mohawks U16 take on Doncaster Danum Eagles this weekend with a 5:00pm tip off at Olympia Building, Teesside University. Come along and support the future Mohawk stars.
Tees Valley Mohawks are lookinng to get back to winning ways this weekend against Killamarsh Derbyshire Arrows after a disappointing home defeat to Nottingham Hoods last weekend. Mohawks were in high spirits after beating London Westside the previous weekend but Nottingham bullied Mohawks on the boards to help themselevs to two valuable points. Mohawks coach Butler says " Its disappointing to lose at home but i feel Nottingham Hoods wanted it more than us last week. We had a bad game offensively and Nottingham played exceptional but we have to move on and grow as a team"
Mohawks are hoping the 2 games before christmas will give them a league push going into 2017 and are looking for Josh Djanogly to help the team on the boards. (Picture above). Coach Butler adds " Killamarsh are a very good team and well organised but if we can play the basketball i know we are capable of then hopefully we can get the valauble two points this weekend. We will be working hard in training to get things right and i'm confident we can get the victories we need. " Come along to the Olympia and see this cracking game this saturday (10th December) at 7:30pm tip off. Ticket prices are just £3 adults adn £2 children.
Mohawks are looking to get back to winning ways against bottom of the table side Liverpool in the Mens division 2 league this Saturday. Club Chairman Steve Butler says " In this league you cant underestimate anyone and Liverpool beat us in the first game of the season in the Patrons Cup games. We are alot stronger since then but our fortunes havent changed yet and we need to start winning the games coming up to the christmas break as i want to push for a home play-off place, not battle against relegation."
Mohawks will be looking for Ben Siept to get back to his high scoring performances that started at the start of the season as Coach Butler says " Ben is a fantastic player but the last two games he hasn't shot the ball as well as he did ealrier on but im conifdent in Ben's ability and he is a great asset to our club." Mohawks travel to Liverpool on saturday at a 5:15 tip off and then will host 4 home games before the christmas break. Coach Butler adds " We have the perfect opportunity to move forward and get some valuable wins under our belts with 4 home games after our trip to Liverpool this weekend. We are working hard in practice and im sure and confident the victories will start coming. "
Tees Valley Mohawks Junior squads have had a mixed start to the season as Club Chairman Steve Butler is hoping for more consistency in they play. Mohawks Under 14 have started off where they left last season winning 2 games comfortably but losing to last season champions York Eagles. Dan Kelsey picture (Left) has been in great form for his age group averaging 30 points a game after a fantastic 37 against Derbyshire Arrows in their last victory. The under 14 are a very young group this year but with the experience of Dan Kelsey, Jack Winter and Lewis Butler the club are looking to develop the younger players more and help them develop into great players. Tees Valley u16 squad have had a shaking start on the road with no victories from the 3 games but have won they 2 home games in convincing style against East Durham Lions and Barnsley Leaders and are currently sitting in 7th place witIh a 2 - 3 record. Coach Butler adds " we have played some tough teams and over the next few weeks im hoping to pick up a few more victories, We play well but have alot of improving to do. We will be fine and im proud of the guys effort but with a little more composure im sure we will start getting more wins than losses."
Mohawks Juniors have a well earned rest this weekend but Mohawks U16 will be looking to end their run of away defeats with a trip to Leeds on the 5th of November against Leeds Tigers who currently sit bottom of the table with a 0 - 5 record. Coach Butler says " Never under estimate anyone in these leagues, Leeds Tigers have a great reputation for producing some fine basketball players and we will be working hard to bring back that W next weekend. "
The Juniors next home games are on the 12th of November as U14 take on Leeds Tigers whilst Mohawks U16 have another tough game against Sheffield Sharks. Come along to the olympia and support the Future Mohawk stars.
Tees Valley Mohawks went to the captial and brought back their first two points of the season with a fantastic team display with a 103- 81 victory of Newham Nassa Neptunes. American CJ Jones was in inspirational form hitting a game high 38 points which included 6/7 from three point line, 7/8 field goals and 6 free throws to his 38 points. Head coach Steve Butler says " Its fantastic that CJ had such a great performance but it was a huge team effort that made the game so enjoyable. Ben Seipt was fantastic, Laurie defence was top draw and the ball movement on the offensive end made sure everyone contributed to the victory." Tees Valley Mohawks next game is again in London with a game against Thames Valley Tigers who are currently sitting undefeated in the league witha 2 - 0 record beating Liverpool and London westside. Mohawks will be looking to stop the two main threats of McLemore and Perre who currently are averaging 25 and 21 points respectively. Coach Butler adds " Every game in this division is tough and we have to respect everyteam. There are a good team, well drilled and have some good players but we have to concentrate on what worked well for us against Nassa and continue to get better as a team. It is going to be a very interesting game and an interesting season."
Tees Valley Mohawks next home game is the 12th of November against Ipswich, Mohawks will be looking for a big crowd to help them get the victory and with ticket prices slashed this season at only £3 adults and £2 children then the club are hoping for the Olympia to be rockiing.
Tees Valley Mohawks are pleased to announce the signing of 18 year old Joshua Djanogly. Standing at 6'8 he played for the Westside Rangers in the Southern U18 Premier National League team last season of which he was a big part of their success. With this recognition he was invited on a partial scholarship for a prep school in Florida and also was invited for a try out with a Pro team in Israeli for a team called Bnei Herzlia but after careful consideration he decided to attend Durham University to further his development and Education. Josh is team mates with Mohawks new signings Laurie Owen and Ben Seipt as the club continue the partnership to allow these players to get more experience through playing National League basketball and after a few try outs and with talks with Club Chairman Steve Butler he has decided that he would love to be apart of the Mohawks club. Club Chairman says " Josh is a great guy and will help us on the boards this season, He will gain alot of experience playing in this league. He is fast, very mobie and a great rebounder and can shoot the three consistently for a 6'8 guy." Josh adds " I am really excited to be apart of the Tees Valley Mohawks, I'm looking forward to learning and developing from the more experienced guys in the team as well as contributing myself and helping this team compete for silverware." Come along next saturday to see Josh make his home debut against London Pioneers, 7:30pm tip off at Teesside Univeristy Olympia Building. Tickets prices are reduced to just £3 adults ad £2 children. Come along and support YOUR MOHAWKS...
Tees Valley Mohawks go into the National Cup round two with lots of confidence even though the Mohawks have lost their first two games of the season, Mohawks have recruited well over the last couple of weeks and with training been going well and the guys starting to gel coach Butler is excited about the next couple of weeks. Coach Butler says " The National Cup is an exciting competition to play in and its a competition where i want to get as far as possible. The guys have trained hard this week and its going to be a tough game against Sheffield but i hope we can put the things we've work on in practice during the game. The guys know each other better and are fully focused on getting through to the next round of the competition". Picture above (Ben Seipt) earn last weeks MVP in the loss against Newcastle with his 22 points, 5 rebounds game. Coach Butler adds " Ben had a great game against Newcastle Uni but i'm expecting even more from him throughout the season."
Tees Valley Mohawks are pleased to announce the signing of the 3rd Durham University player Ben Seipt. Ben has represented the full England squad at U15,U16,U17 and U18 level he played for Surrey in the BBL with former Mohawk coach Creon Raftopoulos, from there he travelled to the States to attend Hun school of Princeton before coming back to England to complete his studies at Durham univiersity. Last season with teammate Laurie Owen and Chalrton Jones he helped the team get to the final four in last season Bucs premier division.
Chairman and coach Butler says " I've heard great things about Ben from a few players and former coaches but hadn't seen him on the court until the last training session, As soon as i saw him, just like Laurie i thought to myself I need to sign this guy as he will be a great addition to our roster." Ben currently standing at 6'5 can play at the 2,3 and 4 position which will make him very hard to match up for the opposition this season, Ben is a good rebounder, defender and can shoot the three whilst getting to the hoop with ease so he is going to be a great addition to the Mohawks. Ben adds " I'm looking forward to getting the season started this weekend, Its a big game for the club and i just cant wait to get the season started."
Come aong and see Ben make his debut this Saturday for the first home game at the Olympia Building Teesside University , Tip off at 7:30pm and ticket prices are reduced to just £2 for the first home game of the season.
Tees Valley Mohawks are pleased to announce the signing of Charlton Jones from Houston Texas. Charlton is currently studying at Durham University and playing on their BUCS team and is going into his final year of his Masters degree in Business Management. Chalrton played NAIA back in the USA and was an All-american averaging an impressive 14 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds per game. Charlton, 25 year old plays as a combo guard (PG/SG) as he helped Durham University reached the Elite 8 last season losing to Loughborough University, He was the top scorer on the team averaging 19 points and accounted for just over 5 assists per game. Head Coach Steve Butler says " Its great to have Charlton apart of our team, He wants to help the team improve whilst completing his Masters degree. Charlton can play the 1 or 2 position, he is very quick, got a nice jump shot and can get to the basket with ease, he is a great defender and takes pride at stopping the opposistion. I'm looking forward to working with him this season and seeing him develop as a player." Charlton will make his Mohawks debut on the 27th of August in the family fun day event at Teesside University Olympia Building in Middlesbrough, Chalton adds " I am excited that I will be playing with the Tees Valley Mohawks whilst getting my Masters at Durham University, Its is truly a blessing to be able to have one last season of fun on the basketball court before transitioning ionto the business world. I want to give thanks to the man above, my family and close friends who have made all these opportunities possible, last but not least i would like to thank Steve Butler and the Tees Valley Mohawks for welcoming me into their amazing programme."
Come along to See Charlton make his debut at the Teesside Univeristy on the 27th of August between 11am and 5pm. A fun day packed with basketball action.
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Teesside University Olympia Building, Victoria Rd, Middlesbrough
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