Hull Wasps were beaten 90-76 on Saturday afternoon at league-leaders Tees Valley Mohawks. Despite beating the Mohawks in the National Shield, Wasps travelled North as underdogs, with the Mohawks at the top of the league with a 100% perfect winning record. Unfortunately Wasps got off to a slow start and trailed the Mohawks at the end of the first quarter 21-15.
Unable to find the offensive fluidity that they have displayed in recent weeks, the Wasps struggled to put together sustained pressure on the Mohawks' defence and despite good work inside from James Rayner they slipped further behind at half time: 44-32.
The Wasps rallied in the third quarter, and, inspired by the backcourt duo of Rymer and Kelsey, they managed to put together consistent offense and poured in a game-high 28 points in the quarter. However, Mohawks showed why they are top of the table and contributed 24 points of their own to maintain the lead 68-60.
Perhaps due to the exertions of the previous quarter, Wasps played a little jaded in the final 10 minutes and another solid performance from Tees Valley enabled them to ease to a 90-76 victory and consolidate their position at the top of V-Cars.co.uk division 4.
Commenting after the defeat today, Coach Matt Fawcett said: "We didnt play poor really but I felt we had a lot of bad calls against us today. I'm not one to often blame officials but when you look at the foul count, it doesn't suggest we were treated fairly.
"Sometimes you just cant do anything about that, you just have to accept it and move on and thats what we'll do. We have an even bigger game tomorrow so we'll focus on that now and try to get a big win in front of our fans."
Following the defeat, the Wasps slip to 5th in V-Cars.co.uk Division 4 North with 8 points. However, second position and a place in the playoffs is still very achievable, as only 2 points separate the teams from 2nd to 5th.
Top scorers for Wasps: James Rayner 14, John Kelsey 12, Neil Rymer 11.
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