20/12/2008 23:04

Hull Wasps tasted defeat at home on Saturday evening against the Bury Blue Devils, 78-75. In probably the most tense game of the season so far, it once again, like against Stockport Falcons, came down to the Wasps trying to make a 3 point buzzer beater, from Ashley Rice, to tie the game. Fortune wasn't on their side however, and the Blue Devils took the points away from the Gemtec Arena.

The Wasps were without some key men; John Brignell, Liam Wordsworth, John Kelsey, Matt Fawcett and James Rayner pulling out after the first quarter. The Wasps played well as a unit and a good debut performance by Angelo Irving were positives that Hull can take away from the game.

After a very even first half between both sides, the Wasps went in at the half 35-34 ahead. Plenty of good basketball was played by both teams.

The second half however, saw both sides create some good runs. Bury opened up an 11 point lead mid-way through the third period, with the Wasps pulling some points back to go in behind at the 3rd break, 59-51. This set-up a thrilling final quarter and gave plenty of excitement to the watching Wasps faithful.

The Wasps came out fighting but went further behind after a couple of 3-point shots made by Bury and found themselves 13 points behind with around 5 mins to go. It looked as though it would prove to be a similar defeat to the Tyne Met Trojans loss two weeks previous, but the Wasps fought back with great spirit and showed exactly what talent a team spirit they have.

Hull brought themselves back into the game with some great long range shooting, some good drives into the key from debutant, Angelo Irving, and some good rebounding from Jason Munro. Hull found themselves just 4 points behind with a minute and a half left on the clock, and when they forced Bury to turnover the ball with less than a minute to go, they broke forward for Neil Rymer to drill in a 3 point shot and send the crowd into hysterics.

With the last 39 seconds on the clock, the Wasps scuppered their next chance when they broke forward down the left, with a mix up in attack and the ball ended up back in the Blue Devils' hands. The Wasps had to foul in order to get possession back, but Bury held their nerve, and when they went to the line for 2, they hit both free-throws to take a 3 point lead, with just seconds left on the clock. The Wasps had one last play with just 0.2 seconds left on the clock, which gave Ashley Rice one last 3 point chance on the buzzer but with so only a fraction of a second left, the chance inevitably was rushed and didn't fall in for the unfortunate Hull Wasps.

Ashley Rice won MVP and top-scored with 24 points. Neil Rymer scored 18 and Angelo Irving scored 12.