The scoreline suggests that Hull Wasps were completely outplayed tonight but that was far from the case at Stockport Ball Hall on Saturday evening. A generally tight close game ended up with a scoreline caused by lack of focus for certain periods within the 1st and 4th quarters.
After a nervy start by both sides, the Wasps opened the scoring with the first 2 points. Stockport came back immediately and showed their credentials in going after a play-off spot at the end of the season. They went on a 14 point unanswered run, assisted by some poor defending and some cheap fouls by the Wasps. At the break Stockport led 23-8.
A much more even 2nd quarter saw both sides on equal par both scoring 16 points each to take the scores at the half-time break to 39-24. Whatever was said at half-time seemed to work as Hull came flying out and took the game to Stockport. Better energy and a stronger defense with some great rebounding, allowed us to break forward and rack up the points. The Wasps managed to pull it back to as close as an 8 point game during the 3rd and finished the period just 10 points behind at 44-34.
More of the same was required from the Wasps but a lack of experience and a strong effort from the Falcons saw the north-west side create a good run. Perhaps if some baskets had fallen for Hull then the scoreline would have been a true reflection of a tough physical game.
The Wasps will go back to the north west to face Stockport's close rivals, Reddish Rebels next Sunday hoping to end their losing run. The Wasps had a huge 112-48 victory over Reddish at the Gemtec Arena in November and will hopefully use that to give them confidence ahead of the clash.
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