After another away game which witnessed the team lose by a narrow margin last weekend, the Hull Wasps returned to Ennerdale Leisure Centre on Saturday night to take on the Teesside Lions. Due to Childwall Academy dropping out of the National League, the Wasps’ spectacular victory against them at their first home game of the season has now been rendered void. This left the Wasps with an unfortunate 0-1 record going into the match against Teesside this weekend, fuelling their determination to walk away with a win.
Wasps fans were not disappointed as the game kicked off with top scorer John Stewart playing true to form and scoring two 3-pointers within the first minute. A number of missed three throws for the Lions interrupted the flow but soon the Wasps’ trio of talented new singings Matt MacArt, Jack Daley and John Stewart were dominating the court. Quick responses from Lions’ Jay Nascimento and Captain Alvaro Pontes brought the Lions back into the game, but the quarter left Lions trailing at 15-26.
The second quarter witnessed the Hull Wasps’ head coach Matt Fawcett enter the court and, following a promise to his team to “set the best example possible as a player” he certainly delivered, scoring three 3-pointers in quick succession to drive his team forward in a quarter that would see them more than double their score. Lions’ top scorers Chris Jordinson, Pontes and Nascimento responded effectively to chip away at the gap, but the Wasps lead comfortably at 58-30.
The second half of the game belonged to the Wasps as the Teesside Lions begin to tire and allowed Spanish big man Manuel Guzman and Jack Daley to work around their weakening defences. Playing his first game back at Ennerdale after suffering with a back injury, Matt Wilson made his presence known with some impressive defensive manoeuvres, and with a large number of missed opportunities from the Lions, the Wasps were leading 88 – 39 by the end of the third quarter.
The final quarter of the game saw the Wasps smash the 100-point barrier with Aidy Blatherwick contributing an impressive four 3-pointers for his team, whereas the defeated and dejected Lions managed to improve their score only by 10 points. Jordinson and Nascimento proved their worth again, fighting valiantly to claw back some points for their team, but it was too little too late as the Wasps brought the game to a satisfying conclusion with a finishing basket by assistant coach Jimmy Coulson.
Scorers: John Stewart continued his incredible debut season with 41 points to his name. Matt MacArt 19, Jack Daley 17, Adrian Blatherwick 16, Manuel Guzman 12, Matt Fawcett 9, James Brough 2, Matt Wilson 2, Patrick Hope 2, James Coulson 2
Coach Matt Fawcett came away from the game in high spirits. “It was a great job from start to finish,” he commented. “We need to continue playing to such high standards now if we are to fulfil our ambitions for promotion.”
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