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Published 23rd Feb 2012

Lions Owner James Thompson

Local basketball stars are dropping in to a Middlesbrough primary school this week to give pupils a surprise lesson.

Giants from the Tadea Middlesbrough Lions will be showing off their skills when they visit Brambles Primary on Wednesday.

They’re on the look-out for future talent and hope to raise awareness of the sport among the youngsters of Brambles Farm.

This Wednesday 6ft 9ins American player Mike Konanec and Italian team mate Papis Samb – a mere 6ft 4ins – are giving youngsters at Brambles Primary masterclass in basketball skills. Player/coach James Thomson will be demonstrating tricks including spinning the ball on his finger and juggling three basketballs!

And it’s an opportunity to remind people that the team’s big game – against Stockport Falcons on Sunday, February 26 – is fast approaching.

James Thomson said: “Basketball is a great sport which is growing all the time in this country, and has a great following on Teesside.

“The players love to show off their skills when we visit local schools, and in doing so are inspiring the players of the future.

“We also want to drum up as big a crowd as possible for Sunday’s crucial home game against Stockport Falcons.

“It would be fantastic to fill Eston’s 1,200 capacity and roar the team on to victory over our rivals for second place in the league.”

Sunday’s crunch fixture sees both teams chasing current league leaders Rossendale Raptors and hoping to secure a play-off place.

Half time entertainment will feature live music from the Last Fakers, and the chance for one lucky fan to win £100 in the half court shot challenge.

When and where

Sunday’s game is at Eston Sports Academy, Normanby Road, Middlesbrough – doors open at 3pm with the action due to get under way at 4pm. Tickets are £3 children, £4 adults, £12 family (two adults/two children).

To find out more about Tadea Middlesbrough Lions, visit or call 01642 232427 for more details.

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