It's been a position occupied by Bury Blue Devils all season but on a dramatic final weekend, Tees Valley Sonics have taken the coveted second place in National League 4 North.
Last Saturday afternoon (, while Tees Valley concluded their season with a solid 81-72 victory over Liverpool at the University of Teeside, Bury Blue Devils were suprisingly beaten 70-57 at the hands of Team Durham Wildcats. The results left both teams on 24 points but Tees Valley Sonics finished with a far superior points difference and have reached the play-offs in their debut season (as the Sonics) along with undeafeated champions, Huddersfield Heat.
Team Durham's victory over Bury also puts Hull Wasps into 6th place in the final league table, perhaps a harsh result for a season where the Wasps occupied 5th place for the vast majority. Still, a positive conclusion to a fantastic second season in National League with the Wasps having 10 wins and 20 points, compared with last season's 8 wins and 16 point season.
The league's wooden spoon is awarded to Liverpool who were unfortunate to lose to Reddish Rebels in their final game of the season. Liverpool, who finished second bottom last season, managed just 2 wins all season and were defeated 16 times to finish on 4 points and in last place.
Champions Huddersfield Heat will now take on Nottingham Hoods in the play-off Quarter Finals with Tees Valley Sonics taking on Birmingham Mets.
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