The Hull Wasps went into the christmas break with a comfortable win over local rivals East Riding Harriers on Wednesday night. The Harriers won the last meeting between the two sides in a pre-season friendly by just 1 point in September, but were no match for the Wasps who struggled to get out of first gear, but still won the derby.
East Riding started off very well but couldn't shake off the Wasps and with Billy Cowell's 5 points in the first quarter the Wasps held a 13-12 lead. With the Wasps struggling to get started, the Harriers took advantage of missed layups and turnovers and made some crucial shots, with ex Hull Stingers player John Dobson finding the basket on several occasions. This gave the Harriers a 32-27 lead at the half.
The Wasps never looked like losing the game despite trailing at the half. Hull came out confident in the second half and soon reduced the deficit and took a 1 point lead with only 2 minutes gone in the third. The Wasps took full control at this point with Jason Monro taking advantage of the poor Harriers defense and had 10 points in the third quarter. The Wasps went into the fourth up 2 points with the score at 48-46. The poor defence carried on for the Harriers and it was now the turn of Matt Fawcett who had 10 points in the fourth including an alley-oop which is sure to be in his highlight reel. East Riding Couldnt find any offense and struggled to stop the Wasps as they ran away with it in the fourth and won the game 77-62.
Reserves coach and captain Liam Wordsworth felt although it was a scrappy game, it was one of the best games so far this season. " We were extremely confident going into the game and although we never really got out of first gear, we never looked like losing the game. The Harriers were lucky to beat us pre-season, but when it really mattered we showed how strong we are as a team and a club."
Jason Munro top scored with a 26 points followed by Matt Fawcett with 16. The Reserves next game in the Doncaster League is now 7th January 2009.
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