Hornets Put the Sting Into Wasps

29/01/2011 23:18

WIRRAL Hornets took the 2 points away from the Bonus Arena on Saturday evening as the Hull Wasps were defeated 72-70. 

In a tight contest throughout the game, the Wasps were never really on top form and lacked the cutting edge that the home crowd have been used to seeing so much this season.

A stuttering start to the game only got going half way through the period. Both the visitors and the home side struggled to find any natural rhythm.

The second period was much of the same but with the Wasps mis-firing so much, the Hornets stayed ahead and took a 40-37 lead at half-time.

The Wasps improved during the third and fourth periods but in the dying moments, tied at 70, the Hornets received a foul call from the referee and Chris Whitehead, who top-scored for the visitors with 22 points, sunk both free-throws with just 4.6 seconds left on the clock. Adrian Blatherwick had a fade-away 3 point attempt hit the rim at the buzzer which condemed Wasps to just their fourth defeat of the campaign.

John Brignell top-scored for the Wasps with 16 points, Rob Birchmore scored 13 and Adrian Blatherwick scored 11.