Wasps Bounce Back to Crush Eagles

13/02/2011 18:43

HULL Wasps came back from their 2-game losing streak with an emphatic 111-65 victory at home to Newcastle Eagles. 

Hull burst from the blocks and pressed their younger opponents at every opportunity, forcing a string of turnovers in a first quarter that ended 27-9 to the hosts.

They stepped up a gear on the offensive end of the court in the second period, hitting an impressive 34 points as player-coach John Brignell , who scored 26 points in the game to lead all scorers, and captain Jamie Goodwin, who hit 21, feasted on the opportunities close to the basket.

Hot-shooting guard Ade Blatherwick took over in the third period, torching Newcastle for 12 of his 18 points for the game, all coming from behind the three-point line.

Newcastle found some defensive toughness and offensive creativity too late, slightly edging the final period 24-22.

Brignell said: “We played some excellent committed defence against a young Newcastle side with a lot of energy. They are not the best side we will play this season, but if we play like that against the top teams in the league, we will come out on top more often than not.”

Hull face a double-header away at Stockport Falcons and Burnley next weekend.