SOME might have said before the game that it didn't matter who won; but it certainly mattered in the final quarter when Hull Wasps and Kingston Icebergs played out a fantastic 74-70 game that went right down to the wire. The Hull Wasps retained the Jason Shakespeare memorial trophy for a third successive year on an extremely successful fundraising night for local Charity Dove House Hospice.
The club would like to thank all volunteers, players, coaches and fans for all their participation in a night which raised a grand total of £1,055.
After an early exchange of points between the teams, the home side opened up a small lead toward the end of the first period with a 6 point unanswered run which took them 21-14 ahead at the first break. The second period saw the game open up a lot more with the Wasps extending their lead to 13 points at the half, 41-28.
It became a much tighter second half though after an exchange of words in the Icebergs dressing room at half-time. The icebergs came out and put together a good run to bring the scores back to within 3. The Wasps manage to steady the ship toward the end of the third quarter however and took a 53-46 lead into the final period.
Icebergs came out first once again and with plenty of time at the line for both sides, the Wasps characteristically made it difficult for themselves allowing the Icebergs to take the lead (70-69) for the first time in the game with just over 1 minute left. Matt Fawcett hit a crucial 3-pointer to take the lead again with Miles Anderson following up with 2 points just second later to take the third successive Memorial game win over the Icebergs.
Matt Fawcett won MVP and top-scorer with 24 points including 6 three-pointers. Adrian Blatherwick came second with 14 points including his 4 three-pointers.
Graham Cullingworth top-scored for the Kingston Icebergs with 25 points including 6 three-pointers also.
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