Wasps Work Hard for Win Over Jets

05/03/2011 23:26

HULL Wasps continued on their course for a top 4 finish with a nail-biting 76-74 win over Cheshire Jets at the Bonus Arena on Saturday evening.

After a slow start the teams went end-to-end with Cheshire coming out on top at the end of the first quarter; 23-19 to the visitors. After the break Wasps started to find some rhythm and after some solid basketball and a dunk from Brignell, the Wasps took a narrow 42-41 lead into the dressing room at half time.

A third quarter saw the contest as even as ever with both sides scoring 22 points each and went into the final quarter at 64-63 to the Wasps.

A tense final quarter awaited and the stuttering Wasps couldn't seem to take their chances. John Brignell, who top scored with 30 points for the game, couldn't seem to find the basket from the floor but made up with some sharp shooting from the free-throw line.

Wasps were down 74-70 with just over a minute on the clock but after a string of free-throws from the player-coach and a vital lay-in, the Wasps had a 1 point lead. Matt Fawcett was taken to the foul line where he scored 1 of his 2 to make it 76-74 and some excellent defence brought the victory home.

Hull remain in fourth but have opened up a 2 point gap over Stockport Falcons who lost at Warrington Wolves.

Hull will take on league-leaders Huddersfield Heat tomorrow, 3pm, Bonus Arena.