Result: Hull Wasps 63 Team Durham Wildcats 82

16/01/2010 22:49

A STRONG third quarter display by Team Durham Wildcats helped them take away the points from the Gemtec Arena and condemned Hull Wasps to their 5th defeat of the league season.

A close opening first period produced some good end-to-end basketball with Hull Wasps producing a more dominant display in attack but some sharp shooting from the Wildcats, particularly from John Morgan, allowed the visitors to take a narrow 20-17 lead at the end of the quarter.

It was more of the same in the second period which saw the Wasps regularly at the free throw line. Some sharper shooting from the spot would have allowed a closer scoreline at the half-time interval but finished 32-36 to the visitors.

After the break Team Durham came out strong and rattled the Wasps with some hard defense. More sharp sooting, this time from their captain Ian Hewitt, allowed the visitors to open up a 12 point lead heading into in the final period.

All was not lost however after a good rally from Hull brought them back to within 5 points, but after a scuffle between both sets of players, momentum seemed to swing back in favour of the visitors. A lack of field scoring from the Wasps allowed Team Durham to increase the margin from the free throw line to take the game 82-63.

Hull were missing 6' 10" centre Michael Kucmierczyk and forward Jason Munro through injury. Captain Jamie Goodwin top scored with 20 points for the Wasps with Durham's Sam Chambers top scoring with 24 points for the visitors.