The Wasps first team competed in the Hoops on the Humber Basketball tournament organised by Overtime Basketball this weekend. They face three teams in their pool one of which was a newly promoted Division 2 team. First the Wasps faced Leeds Demons the strong local league team came out shooting as the Wasps struggled to find any rhythm. Down by 9 during the second half coach Fawcett instructed the guys to press which helped them overturn the 9 point deficit. From there it was a scrappy affair and both teams played with the lead until Leeds took the lead with 6 seconds left. Wasps came away with a missed shot and Leeds took the first game.
Next up for the Wasps was Lancashire Spinners. The National League division 2 team where tipped as one of the teams to beat and this was a game the Wasps certainly looked forward to. The whole game was a battle but Lancashire held a lead early and never let go. Even with the Wasps best efforts the skills of the Spinners proved too much.
Finally they faced BC falcons a team that had beat our premier team in the playoffs final not 2 months ago. This would be a different story as the Wasps cruised to a comfortable win and managed to share the court time between all the players.
Coach Fawcett commented on the day. “We said going into the tournament that results are secondary to performance at this point. We are a new mix of players and we are trying to establish strong links and tendencies. The point of us entering this was for it to be hard. If we don’t expose our weaknesses now teams will expose them in October when we are playing league games. It’s also a time for me and my coaching colleague James Coulson to figure out who does certain things well for us and who struggles.”
Phillip Ainsworth continues to improve and develop with the team. Jarret and Jordache Akpoveta played at a high level for all three games as did the fleet of guards who played on the day.
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