Result: Team Northumbria 102 Hull Wasps 90

21/09/2010 11:17

Hull Wasps tipped off their season with a 102-90 defeat that will have felt like a win against NBL division two Team Northumbria in the National Cup.

The Wasps made a strong start against a team that beat them 93-42 at the same stage of the competition last season, taking an early 10-6 lead. But strong outside shooting from the hosts left Hull 35-19 behind after the first quarter.

Team Northumbria's incredible three-point accuracy continued into the second period, combining with a string of disappointing turnovers from the visitors that left new player-coach John Brignell facing a 67-38 score at the half.

It was then that the visitors switched their defence to a 2-3 zone that restricted the hosts to just 17 third-quarter points.

As Hull's confidence grew, they improved at the offensive end of the court with a dominant 31-point fourth quarter against a side that conceded 90 points just once last season, against runaway division two winners Durham Wildcats.

6ft 8in centre Brignell led all scorers with 25 points. Captain Jamie Goodwin chipped in with 14, guard Adrian Blatherwick added 13 and forward Miles Anderson scored 11.