HULL Wasps reached the third round of the National Shield for the first time in their short history with a 83-59 victory against a youthful Durham Wildcats II.
Forward Miles Anderson led the hosts with 18 points as guards Ashley Rice and Mike Lekupe added 10 and 9 respectively.
The win came a day after Hull beat Tees Valley Mohawks II 88-72 to stay second in National League Division Four. Player-coach John Brignell hit 22 points, captain Jamie Goodwin added 16 and Matt Fawcett hit 14.
The Shield win sets up a tie against Division Three outfit Sefton Stars on Sunday in a second consecutive double-header weekend that includes a trip to Newcastle Eagles II on Saturday.
Sefton are sitting second in England Basketball’s third tier after a strong start to the season, but Brignell said his side are preparing for the game with victory in mind.
He said: “This competition can be a good barometer to test how we can compete against good sides in Division Three.
“If we are to take our chances of promotion seriously, these are the kind of teams we will be playing every week next season.
“I really think we can compete at that level with the group of players we have right now and I want us to go as far as we can in the Shield.”
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