Newcastle Eagles II 73 Hull Wasps 88
Things are looking up for the Hull Wasps as they returned from Newcastle with a much needed and well deserved win against the Newscastle Eagles II on Sunday afternoon.
Following up from their strong performance against league-leaders Liverpool, the Wasps impressed against a strong Eagles team who, before the game, were equal on points in the league with the Wasps. The Wasps walked away with an 88-73 victory.
The Hull Wasps dominated the court from the outset to finish, although it was a closely contested affair in the first quarter as they managed to grasp onto a 4-point lead going into the second period at 27-23 to the Wasps. However, as the clock counted down to half time in the second quarter, the game became much more one-sided as the Wasps fought hard to gain a significant advantage, ending the first half with a lead of 49-38.
The third quarter saw the Wasps gain a significant lead, pushing forward to widen the gap to 25 points. While Newcastle battled on, they managed to score only 12 points in the entire quarter, whereas the Wasps, with some particularly impressive performances from John Stewart, stormed ahead to improve their on their own score by 26. 75-50.
Newcastle managed to bounce back effectively in the last quarter, pushing the Wasps considerably for the first time in the game and tightening the gap to just 13. However, despite dominating the quarter and scoring 23 points against Hull Wasps' 13, it was too little too late and the Wasps came away with the win. 88-73 to the Hull Wasps.
Top scorers for the Wasps were John Stewart with a massive score of 48 individual points, Jack Daley with 12 and Matt MacArt with 10.
Hull Wasps Coach Matt Fawcett is feeling much more positive following Sunday's victory. "We worked very hard on Sunday and came away with a fantastic win. After the [Panthers] result on Saturday [which saw them lose to Gateshead Phoenix] it gave us further motivation to get the win on the road. A few weeks ago we looked as though we were completely out of contest for second spot but we've battled on and shown our true character. We'll take each game as it comes but hopefully two more wins at home will see us through."
With other results going in favour of the Wasps this weekend, the fight for second spot looks to be going to the wire with Wasps only 2 points behind Kingston Panthers and Leeds Tigers. The Wasps have two more games, both at home, against Sefton Stars II and Gateshead Phoenix. Wins in both games will give the Wasps a strong chance of obtaining promotion this season.
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