Hull Wasps opening game of the season ended in disappointment as they went down 95-59 to league title favourites, Liverpool.
The Wasps showed moments of quality but were no match for Liverpool, who named a squad containing six ex-BBL players (the top league in the UK) for the game on Saturday afternoon. Liverpool are widely tipped to continue on their Division 4 titles last season and make it two promotions and league titles in a row.
Wasps however are looking to cement their Division 3 league status this year under Wasps Head-Coach Matt Fawcett. Fawcett wasn’t available to coach in Saturday’s defeat so was left to assistant-coach James Coulson to lead the team.
“I think we have more to offer than Saturday’s performance to be honest” said Coulson.
“I think we played well at times, especially in the final quarter but we haven’t had a lot of pre-season games so it was a good solid test for the players.
“We knew it would be hard coming into the game against them. They’ve strengthened since last season when they blew the league away. This year they’ll be up there for the title at the end of the season without a doubt. We just need to take the positives away from the game and prepare well this week ready for Knights on Saturday”.
The Wasps battled early on but couldn’t stop the scoring power of the reds and finished the first quarter 24-15 down. But it was the second quarter that the Wasps were really punished as Liverpool continued to dominate; outscoring the Wasps 24-11 to finish the half 48-26 up.
It was a similar story in the third period with Liverpool opening up a 35 point lead to 77-41 but an even final quarter brought some consolation to the Wasps, to finish 95-59 to the reds.
American forward, Matt MacArt was the game’s top scorer with 20 points. Jordache and Jazz Akpoveta scored 14 and 8 points respectively.
The Wasps will be looking to bounce back against Newcastle ULC Knights this Saturday, at their new temporary home of Andrew Marvell College. Tip-off is at 6pm.
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