22/08/2009 23:25

HULL Wasps maintained their 100 per cent record in pre-season with a nail-biting 73-70 friendly victory over National Basketball League division four rivals Team Durham Wildcats.

The Wasps again showed fantastic reliance against an experienced Wildcats side that featured three players from the club's NBL division two squad.

The hosts made a strong start to the clash at the Gemtec Arena in west Hull, running up a 21-7 lead in the first quarter thanks to an impenetrable zone defence.

The visitors pulled it back to a 12-point deficit at the half.

Early in the second half, youngster Rob Dawson had to leave the game just a minute into his debut after an impressive dive for a loose ball that resulted in him needing medical attention.

Some incredible outside shooting in the third quarter saw Durham pull the score back and take a three-point lead into the final stages of the fourth quarter, 66-63.

But Hull refused to give in. A three-pointer from captain Jamie Goodwin tied the game again and another from behind the three-point line from the forward swung the advantage back to the Wasps with less than a minute to go.

A missed three from Durham and a Hull fast-break saw Goodwin fouled and he made both free-throws to put Hull in total control, allowing Rob Birchmore and Matt Fawcett to ice the result by hitting a free-throw apiece.

Goodwin top-scored with 22 points. Forward Damien Keegan impressed in his home debut as Hull once again displayed an improved strength-in-depth from last season. The win did much to strengthen the club's confidence ahead of an anticipated strong challenge to the league's top teams this season.