Mixed Fortunes for Fighting Wasps
Wasps bounce back from disappointing league defeat on Saturday to book their place in 3rd round of the National Shield on Sunday
The Wasps travelled to Leeds in high spirits considering they were coming off a huge win against Teesside Lions, despite the absence of Manuel Guzman and James Rayner the Wasps were still in a confident mood. The Wasps looked comfortable in the opening exchanges and raced out to a 10 lead playing some great basketball. With only 5 minutes played the game was stopped suddenly as the officials noticed that John Stewart was not down on the team sheet. Coach Fawcett had forgot to put his name down on the sheet and as a result he was not allowed to take any further part in the game.
The unexpected loss of Stewart was a huge blow to the team and the players did not look like themselves from that point. Even without Stewart the Wasps still had a strong line up on the floor but it appeared that the shocking removal of Stewart had stunned the team and this allowed Leeds to go on a run and take the lead. From then on the team attempted to close the gap but it was never enough as Leeds shot the ball incredibly well from outside and fed off the energy in the small gym, holding on to beat a shaken Wasps team.
Coach Fawcett spoke after the game “I can only hold my hands up and take full responsibility for today’s game. This was a mistake I will carry with me all season. Something I have never done in hundreds of National League Games and hopefully it will be a mistake I never make again. My head was gone from the moment they removed John from the game and I was unable to lead the team in the way I should.”
Fast forward 24 hours and the Wasps faced the mammoth task of playing Division 3 team Sheffield Sabres once again the Wasps were the away team. The squad looked hungry for this game and looked like unloading their frustrations from the previous day on the team that stood before them. The Wasps unleashed an offensive masterclass in the opening minutes and took a lead that they would never relinquish. John Stewart, Jack Daley and Matt MacArt led the team’s offensive charge with Stewart catching fire from the 3 point line in the first half in particular. Daley was leading the team with Guzman on the defensive end and John Kelsey was pulling all the strings from the point guard position. The Wasps played hard till the end and came away with a well-deserved 12 point victory.
Coach Fawcett was quick to praise his team. “That is the type of performance that people around the league will be talking about. We put ourselves in a great position to succeed today and it paid off. This was the definition of a team performance all 11 guys showed up today willing to do whatever it took to get this win. After yesterday’s big mistake I can only commend John on how he came back today and raised everybody’s game!”
The team will now have a week to prepare for the visiting Kingston Panthers who are currently unbeaten in league play. The game tips off at 7.00pm at Ennerdale book your tickets online to avoid disappointment.