Wasps Secure Important Win Over Sefton
The Hull Wasps faced Sefton Stars II in their penultimate game of the season on Saturday night in yet another must-win game at the Ennerdale Leisure Centre.
The Sefton Stars II faced the Wasps back in November and fell short of a victory as the Wasps won easily with score of 91-69. This was a game that saw the Wasps team hit badly by a sickness bug that took five key players out of the running. However, it was a match that also witnessed John Stewart achieve a club record, scoring an impressive 54 individual points, the most that anybody had scored in the country in the season at that point.
The Wasps returned to the court to face them this weekend, walking away with another -identical - win of 91-69. This time around Coach Matt Fawcett was able to make good use of every available member of the squad, with all but one player contributing baskets to add to the final score.
The Hull Wasps hit the ground running in the first quarter with Matt MacArt, John Stewart and Jack Daley showing good offensive play to gain a 15-point lead within the first five minutes. The Sefton Stars II were barely able to contain the Wasps and managed to score just 6 points in the first seven minutes. Two three-pointers for Sefton allowed them to finish the quarter on 16 points, however, the Wasps had already more than doubled this score, with the help of a satisfying three-pointer from James Brough, to conclude a fast-paced first period. 35-16 to the Wasps. The second quarter saw the Wasps continue to hold off their opponents, with Sefton unable to make significant progress. Again the Wasps dominated the court and maintained an easy and comfortable lead going into half time. 57-28.
An impressive three-pointer from John Stewart kicked off the second half of the game, and the Wasps remained on top form as Matt MacArt and Jack Daley continued to score consistently for the Wasps, with Manuel Guzman and Captain John Kelsey contributing some impressive defensive manoeuvres. 75-47 to the Wasps.
In the final quarter Sefton Stars II gave Wasps fans reason to worry as they began to fight back effectively, closing the gap considerably from 79-50 to 79-62 in the first five minutes. MacKay and Hawnaway of the Stars took full advantage of the Wasps' fatigue as the Wasps' defense began to slacken and they began to make things too easy for their opposition. Neil Rymer and Assistant Coach Jimmy Coulson soon rectified these mistakes, however, and a final two points from Matt Wilson solidified the Wasps' victory. 91-69.
Top scorers for the Wasps were John Stewart with 17 individual points, Jack Daley with 17 and Matt MacArt with 14.
Recent losses have made promotion look unlikely for the Hull Wasps in recent weeks; however, results from other teams and their recent victories have meant that they are now back in the running. In order to maximise these chances, they must make sure they continue to play to the best of their ability. They now currently stand in third place in the Division 4 National League table.
The Hull Wasps have just one remaining game in the 2013/14 season, which will take place at the Ennerdale Leisure Centre on 8th March against Gateshead Phoenix. Tip off 7pm.