HULL Wasps suffered a fatal setback in their quest for the play-offs in an 81-53 defeat by a hot-shooting Tees Valley Mohawks.
The Wasps were without player-coach John Brignell and key forward Rob Birchmore, who both missed the trip to Middlesbrough with personal commitments. Assistant coach Jamie Goodwin took temporary charge.
At the end of the first period, Wasps and Mohawks were neck-and-neck at 19 a piece, but a second-quarter run from the home side saw them take control of the game and restricted the ice-cold Wasps to just seven points in the period at facing a 43-26 deficit.
The Wasps improved in the fourth quarter, but with the damage done, they now face a near-impossible task to get back into the top two and the play-offs.
Goodwin, who scored 20 points, said: “We are very disappointed with our performance in the second period. We played hard but the ball just didn't want to drop for us.
“We will get back to training this week, work on some things and try to get another good run of results together, starting at home next week."
Guard Ash Rice scored 10 points and Ade Blatherwick added seven.
Hull will look to bounce back against the Newcastle Eagles on Saturday at 7.30pm at the Bonus Arena in Walton Street, west Hull.
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