18/01/2009 19:10

Leeds Carnegie remain top of National League 4 North after defeating the Hull Wasps at the Gemtec Arena on Sunday afternoon, 74-63.

The Wasps went into the game without some key players in their line up but some good performances by the remaining Wasps players gave Leeds a run for their money in the yorkshire derby.

The Wasps started the game very poorly, conceding 26 points in the first quarter and only putting in 9 points themselves. It would have been the comeback of the season if they were to still win the game.

However, Hull came back out and took the game to Leeds to narrow the lead to just 8 points by out-scoring their opponents 20-11.

The third period saw another strong performance by the league leaders. Leeds managed to rattle in 27 points to Wasps’ 13 in the period which opened up another gap between the 2 sides, taking the score to 64-42 to enter the final quarter with the game all but won.

Strong character and team spirit is something Hull has not generally lacked all season and it certainly showed that they are more than capable of producing a good performance when they are up against it.

Some more sharp shooting from Neil Rymer saw the Wasps rack up 21 points to Carnegie’s 10 and narrow the gap to just 11 points. However, it seemed all a little bit too late for Hull to take anything from the derby, and so it proved. The final score 74-63 to the West Yorkshire side.

Leeds remain top of the table and look set to to make a strong finish to the season and enter the play-offs on a high.

Richards top scored for Leeds with 20 points but shooting-guard Neil Rymer top scored in the whole game with 34 points.