NEW head coach Chris McKenna led the Hull Wasps to a crushing 105-33 victory over Reddish Rebels to open their National Basketball League division four campaign in the most emphatic fashion.
The victory - the most comfortable in the club's short history - was sealed with an incredible 44-4 final quarter.
A strong 12-man squad struggled to gel in the opening exchanges against a poor Reddish side, but still managed to finish the first quarter leading 25-15.
And the visitors, featuring league newcomers Kamil Pilarski, Michal Kuzmizrczyk and Damien Keegan, soon found their rhythm to keep their Stockport hosts to just four second-quarter points.
With the game put to bed by half-time, the Wasps coasted through the third quarter.
Into the fourth and the game began to become increasingly bad-tempered. Forward Miles Anderson became involved in an altercation with an opponent. As the pair faced off, the Reddish player simulated a headbutt that never was and threw himself to the ground. The referee was fooled and ejected Anderson.
A frustrated Coach McKenna rallied his new troops, setting targets for points scored and allowed that a newly-motivated Wasps side comfortably achieved.
Guard Matt Fawcett exploded with 12 straight fourth-quarter points for the Wasps, including three three-pointers and a converted three-point play, and forward James Rayner picked up where he left off with 12 points in the final period.
A balanced attack included 18 points from forward Jamie Goodwin, 15 from Fawcett, 15 from Pilarski, 14 from Rayner, 12 from Kuzmizrczyk and 11 from guard Adrian Blatherwick.
The Wasps return to the north-west to take on division four newboys Stockport Falcons II on Saturday.
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