RESULT: Hull Wasps 91 Bury Blue Devils 100 OT2

31/01/2010 00:57

IT TOOK two periods of overtime to settle an amazing contest between Hull Wasps and Bury Blue Devils on Saturday evening. Based on current form and missing head coach Chris McKenna, it looked before hand, as though play-off favourites Bury, would walk away with the points quite comfortably but a determined Hull Wasps side showed exactly how good this current team can be.

It was a neck-and-neck contest the whole way through, starting with the first quarter. Both sides scored all of their points inside the key or from the line to end the first period 21-22 to the visitors. It was much of the same for the second quarter with both sides scoring 17 points each to go in at half time 38-39.

The third quarter saw the home side battle ahead and open up a 6 point advantage over their rivals and that continued into the final quarter which saw the Wasps as much as 10 points ahead before the Blue Devils gradually fought their way back to a nail-biting finish and tie the contest at 70-70. Bury's No. 11 Burns had the chance to give them the lead in the final minute of normal time but only scored 1 of his 2 free throws.

A 5-minute period of overtime was required. Hull fell behind almost immediately after Bury knocked down 5 points without reply, but the Wasps showed their character and resolve by fighting their way back into it and both sides finished the first overtime period tied at 78 points. This time, Wasps captain Jamie Goodwin had the chance to win the contest in the final minute, once again from the line, after being fouled while scoring inside the key. Goodwin unfortunately missed the free-throw and forced another extremely tense period of overtime.

Once again, Bury came out an immediately took the lead and 2 consecutive 3-pointers seemed to knock any final comeback efforts out of the Wasps and Bury took the game 91-100 - without question, the most exciting and tense game of the season so far.

Jamie Goodwin and Michael Kucmierczyk top scored for the Wasps, both with 13 points, followed by Kamil Pilarski and Matt Fawcett with 12. Burns top scored for the visitors with 24 points.