TWO Hartlepool primary schools played their opponents off the court on their way to winning competitions at the Tees Valley basketball finals.
Youngsters from Clavering and Owton Manor Primary Schools qualified from the Hartlepool-wide competition to earn a spot in the area final, held at Middlesbrough College.
The event saw the top 16 teams in the Tees Valley competing against each other and, after the initial round, the schools were split into two competitions, the Championship and the Plate.
And all of the town youngsters were celebrating when, after a number of tense matches, both schools went on to win their respective competitions.
In the Plate final, Clavering beat Park End Primary School, of Middlesbrough, in a closely fought shoot-out while Owton Manor landed the Championship trophy after comfortably beating Crooksbarn Primary School, from Stockton, 4-0 in the main event to be crowned overall Tees Valley champions.
Neil McAvoy, deputy headtacher at Clavering Primary School, said: “Once again, I am incredibly proud of how well the Clavering children performed at another Tees Valley finals event.”
Mr McAvoy also praised the brilliant Owton Manor team, saying: “At both the Hartlepool finals and at the Tees Valley finals the Owton Manor team stood out over all of the other schools. They are a very gifted team and well deserved their victory in the Championship competition. They are certainly worthy Tees Valley champions.”