Hull Wasps made it four straight wins after an 81-56 win over Oldham Titans on Saturday evening.
Wasps led from the tip off, with Neil Rymer scoring 9 points in a hurry to establish an early 15-6 lead, and although Titans player coach Will Guerry did his best to keep his side in contention with 9 points of his own, 4 points in the last two minutes from big man Matt Wilson increased the Wasps' lead to 10, at 24-14.
Playing unselfish basketball, the Wasps shared the points in the second quarter with 7 different players scoring points. Thanks to a 10-2 run midway through the quarter, they increased their lead to 43-24 at half time, 43-24.
Wasps' big men were able to dominate their undersized opponents in the third quarter. James Rayner scored 9 points in the first five minutes despite missing 5 straight free throws whilst Matt Brutnell contributed 7 points in the final two minutes as the Wasps opened up a 27-point lead by the end of the period. 69-42.
With the match effectively over as a contest, Wasps coach Matt Fawcett was able to rest his starting 5 and give his bench players valuable minutes in the final quarter, with Robin Hewson enjoying the extra playing time by leading the Wasps' scorers with 5 points.
Final score 81-56.
Wasps' big men were the difference against the Titans. James Rayner put in an MVP performance with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Matt Brutnell contibuted 15 points along with 8 rebounds whilst Matt Wilson had his best match as a Wasp with 8 points and 9 rebounds.
Scorers- Rayner 16, Brutnell 15, Rymer 13, Anderson 9, Wilson 8, Hewson 7, Blatherwick 5, Burns 4, Mills 2, Kwlsey 2
The victory moves Hull Wasps up to 3rd place in V-Cars.co.uk division 4, and next week they travel to play undefeated league leaders Tees Valley Mohawks II. Wasps may have the psychological advantage, having beaten them 88-80 in the National Shield. Tip off Saturday 8th December, 2pm at Tees Valley University.
Coach Fawcett was very pleased with yet another victory. "The last game against Oldham was a good game for the whole team. We managed to get everybody on the court and gave people some game time going into this weekend's National Shield Game."
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