HULL WASPS bounced back from last week’s heart break with a 90-81 victory over Tees Valley Sonics at the Gemtec Arena.
It was yet another close game from start to finish with both sides coming out and putting some points on the board. A sloppy few minutes from the Wasps toward the end of the first period put them 18-28 behind but an Adrian Blatherwick 3 pointer and 2 points from Kamil Pilarski pulled the defecit to 5 points at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter proved much of the same from both sides with the Wasps outscoring the visitors 19-16 to narrow the gap even more to 42-44 going into the half-time break.
The Wasps found themselves as much as 7 points behind in the third quarter but a late rally from the home side brought the scores level at 70 points each.
It was clear that yet another close finish was going to happen but this time, the Wasps didn’t relinquish. An 8 point unanswered run from the Wasps put victory in sight at 86-79 with just 90 seconds remaining. The Sonics weren’t finished however and a 3 pointer from the Sonics’ Burton put the home crowd on edge for the second week in a row. 2 successful free-throw shots from Anderson and Pilarski and a quick break-away lay-in from Fawcett brought the first victory for the Wasps in 2010.
James Rayner top scored for the Hull Wasps with 15 points, Jon Kelsey scored 14 and Michal Kucmierczyk scored 11.
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