Hull Wasps made the long journey to North Wales on Sunday to face Mold Magic with high hopes of returning with a win but returned home empty handed after losing a thrilling encounter by 4 points with the game ending with a score of 80-76.
Travelling without this season's second top scorer Neil Rymer, The Wasps were boosted by the return of Miles Anderson who made his first start of the campaign.
The first quarter was a tense affair as both sides struggled to find any offensive rhythm early on, before Mold closed out the quarter with a number of strong drives to the basket to take an early 6 point lead.
Wasps began to find their offensive threat and, led by the hot hand of Matt Brutnell, started to eat into the Magic's lead before Mold's own dangerman Pas Kornecki connected with back-to-back 3 pointers. At half time Wasps trailed by 9 points, 44-35.
Coach Fawcett urged his side to increase the defensive intensity in the third quarter which they duly did by restricting their opponents to 13 points. Offensively Wasps executed well with both Ben Burns and Miles Anderson scoring from close range to close the gap to 4 going into the final 10 minutes.
Despite a valiant attempt in the fourth quarter the Wasps were unable to close the gap as Mold matched them basket for basket to take their first ever victory over the Wasps. Mold Magic's big 3 of Kornecki, Duppa and Evans combined for 53 points to move them to third in the league table.
Matt Brutnell led all scorers with a career high of 31 points ably backed up by Ben Burns with 14.
After their second away defeat of the season which leaves them in seventh position in V-cars.co.uk division 4, coach Fawcett admitted, "Today was not an acceptable performance as coach. I did not protect the players well enough, but we will work hard this week to be ready for Saturday's match."
The Wasps are next in action on Saturday 3rd November at their home fortress Ennerdale Leisure Centre. Tip off is 6.30pm v Newcastle-under-Lyme Knights.
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