Poor Start Proves Costly for Wasps

27/01/2013 09:44

Hull Wasps lost at home in V-cars.co.uk division 4 for the first time this season, as a lacklustre performance gave Mold Magic a comfortable victory at Ennerdale Leisure Centre and all but ended the Wasps' slim hopes of gaining promotion this season.


Despite opening the scoring in the first minute when a quick sequence of passes enabled Kelsey to find Hewson wide open under the basket, Wasps struggled to find any offensive rhythm in the first quarter. After that initial score, Magic dominated proceedings, holding the Wasps to just 4 more points and opening up a 15 point margin to lead 21-6 at the end of the quarter, with Alan Duppa dominating inside with 8 points. Magic's pressure defense was causing the Wasps massive problems, leading to 14 turnovers in the quarter.
If the first quarter belonged to Magic, the second was all Wasps as they increased the defensive effort to restrict their opponents to one shot oppurtunities with Wilson and Brutnell controlling the defensive rebounding whilst finding some cohesion at the offensive end. 5 points apiece from Wilson and Blatherwick enabled Wasps to reduce the defecit to 10 points at half time 24-34.
Into the third quarter, Wasps maintained the effort on defense, restricting Magic to only 12 points, holding dangerman Duppa to a solitary point. Thanks to some three-pointers from Coulson and Rymer, the Wasps were able to use 10 points in the final 3 minutes of the 3rd quarter to further reduce the arrears to single figures and trail by 7, 39-46.
Duppa opened the fourth quarter on fire scoring the first 4 points to extend Magic's lead, before Neil Rymer was fouled in the act of shooting a three and converted all his free throws to inspire a mini Wasps comeback as he and Brutnell combined for 6 unanswered points to close the gap to 5 with 5 minutes to go. Magic's game plan was to run the clock for the full 24 seconds, using up as much time as possible, which they did to great effect. Hitting 2 long range jumpers as the shot clock expired, this enabled them to maintain the lead as Wasps struggled to convert at the offensive end. The usually dependable Kelsey was struggling to find his team mates and finished with an uncharacteristic 11 turnovers as Magic sealed the victory from the free throw line and Wasps desperately tried to retrieve the ball. Final score 54-61.
Duppa led all scorers with 19 points and gave Wasps a torrid time on the boards as he was able to gain multiple looks at the basket with his offensive rebounding.
Neil Rymer top scored for the Wasps with 12 points, and Matt Wilson had a solid game finishing with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Despite struggling with a hand injury, John Kelsey contributed 7 assists.
Wasps coach Matt Fawcett can perhaps take positives from the fact his team outscored Magic 48-40 in the final 3 quarters, however the damage was done in the first quarter and 30 turnovers in the match stalled the comeback attempts.

" The opening quarter was a disaster for us " said Fawcett. " We gave away the ball too easily and found it difficult to score from the field. To only score 6 points in the opening period is very unlike us and ultimately, that poor start cost us the game. It's really disappointing but we will pick ourselves up and move on from this. "

Scorers - Rymer 12, Wilson 9, Brutnell 9, Blatherwick 5, Anderson 5, Coulson 4, Mills 2, Kelsey 2, Hewson 2, Marr 2 , Dawson 2.