Hull Wasps continued their recent up-turn in form on Saturday evening when they beat the Lincoln Lightning, led out by Wasps very own, Ashley Rice in a friendly at the Gemtec Arena. The Lightning came to the Gemtec in place of Liverpool who unfortunately had to forfeit the game through injury and missing players.
In an all round much improved performance over last week's win over Hull University, the Wasps had to cope with a Lightning side very eager from the tip-off, going on a 9-2 run before Wasps finally kicked into gear and started to pull back the defecit. A fantastic long range buzzer beater by Lincoln's Duffin saw the Lightning take a 26-22 lead at the end of the first period.
A tight second period was edged out by the Wasps who managed to bring themselves back further into the game ending the half at 43-43. The third period saw Hull come out and make a series of fantastic runs and keeping their opponents to pick up the vast majority of their points from free-throws. The Wasps opened up a 20 point lead to go into the final quarter 76-56 ahead.
The final quarter was much more even but the job was taken care of and some good solid inside scoring allowed the Wasps to keep racking up those essential points and keep hold of their lead. Final score, 96-75 to the Hull Wasps.
It was an excellent warm-up match for Hull who travel away next weekend to second place Tyne Met Trojans who will be looking to cement their place in the play-off spots. The Wasps will return home for their final game of the season at the Gemtec Arena against Wirral Hornets on Saturday 7th March.
The Wasps saw the return of Matt Fawcett who has been injured since December with an ankle injury. Top scorer for the game was Captain Jamie Goodwin with 27 points. James Rayner and Jason Munro scored 11 and 10 respectively. Rob Birchmore won MVP with a solid all-round performance.
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