It wasn't a victorious start to the new year for the Hull Wasps in their tough trip to Derbyshire. The Wasps went down by just 6 points, losing 71-65, in another close encounter between the two sides.
There are plenty of positives to be taken from the game. We've had another close game with one of the league's top sides."
Matt Fawcett, Assistant Player-Coach
The Wasps met the Outlaws earlier in the season at the Gemtec Arena and were unfortunate to lose out by just 1 point and although the final scoreline of Saturday evening's game wasn't quite as close, it was still an exciting game with one of the leagues top sides.
"It was a really close game all the way" said assistant player-coach, Matt Fawcett, who himself was out of the game due to his ankle injury picked up before Christmas.
The game opened up from the tip-off with Ilkeston going on an unanswered 10 point scoring run before Hull managed to get in the game. That set the scene and meant that the Wasps were playing catch-up throughout the whole of the game.
"They went on a big run straight away which really hurt us. We could never really get to form after that and we were always playing catch up. However we managed to keep it tight and there are plenty of positives to be taken from the game.
"We've had yet another close game with one of the league's top sides and it shows we can compete. Our experience in our first season is a good one and I'm sure it will set us up for a strong finish this season and get us going in the next."
John Brignell and Jamie Goodwin's partnership in the middle continued to impress, both scoring 15 points each to joint top score. Chris McKenna came second with 9.
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