• Oaklands Wolves

The WBBL side makes a short trip to Colchester to face Essex Rebels Today.


Wolves will look to grab a victory as they hope to continue their run of good form. The team has claimed their first two league wins in their last two games against Caledonia Pride and Cardiff Met Archers.


This sees Oaklands move up two places in the table, with an improved record of two wins and five losses.


The side suffered an unfortunate start to the season, with a number of injuries and a demanding schedule. Despite their struggles, Wolves have come together as a collective and become much improved. The team has put a focus on defence, becoming tenacious on that end of the floor.


In their last game against Archers, Oaklands forced them into 20 turnovers and grabbed an impressive 15 steals. With contributions from the bench, the side is also able to deal with pressure and move the ball to find good shots on offence.


Speaking to Head Coach Lee Ryan, he said: “It was another solid defensive performance by us at Cardiff, we are proving tough to play against and importantly improving our defensive execution.


“The team are just starting to improve their offensive understanding of each other. With the disruptions we've had I think we just have to be patient on that end and let the players work it out.


“Having Melita on court Wednesday was a big boost, she played a solid part in her first game and will only get better as she gets sharper.”


Rebels have proved to be a strong opponent, sitting fourth in table with a winning record of four wins and two losses. The team has beat Nottingham Wildcats 95-91, showing they can compete with the best. Essex has a number of key players, including Deangelique Waithe, Andrea Kohlhaas, Ashleigh Munns, Carla Bieg Salazar and Lucrezia Costa.


Waithe is averaging 18.5 points and 9.2 rebounds, while Kohlhaas puts up 17.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Munns and Salazar average 14.4 and 13.7 points respectively, as well as 5 assists each. Costa is also putting up a near double-double with 10.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.


The talent of the Rebels side makes them versatile and difficult to match up with as so many players can contribute.


Ryan added: “Essex play with a lot of belief and confidence, boosted by a big win against the league leading Leicester Riders.


“We will be looking to be as disruptive Sunday as we have been in the last month.


“If we hold them below their high scoring average we will have a good chance to extend our win streak.”


It will be a hard game for the Wolves but one that is certainly winnable as they look to continue their run to the playoffs.


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  • Oaklands Wolves

It's a big weekend for Wolves' men as they are away for two key games.


Thomas Baker's team travel to Nottingham Hoods on Saturday before making the trip to Barking Abbey on Sunday, and in common with Wolves both of the teams they'll face are in the bottom three with two wins to their names.


Nottingham and Oaklands met on the opening night of the league season with Hoods edging a tight game 76-72 but they have won only one of their ten games since.


Victor Olarerin led the Hoods with 19 points that night and he is sixth in the D1 scoring chart with 21.3 points per game and sits third in the steals table with 2.7 per game. He also pulls down 6.6 rebounds per game in a team-high 29.8 minutes per game. Meanwhile Laurits Juffer leads Ben Stanley’s team with 6.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists while adding 8.1 points, with Delaney Powell – the only Hood in double figures as they crashed to a 73-point loss at Thames Valley last week – adds 14.8 points and two steals per game.

Barking also made a good start to their league campaign, winning their first two games, but head into Saturday's home game against Derby Trailblazers on a six game skid. The teams only met once last season, Barking surviving a comeback from Leopards to win 82-74, and the return to Oaklands was due to be played on the weekend when the basketball world stopped due to Covid-19.

American Jase Harrison lead Barking in points (13.7) and steals (2.4) and adds 3.4 rebounds in an average of 24.1 rebounds. GB junior international Veron Eze continues to shine for the London side, averaging 11.3 points and 1.9 assists in a team-high 28.3 minutes per game.

There will be a couple of familiar faces in the Abbey line-up, with former Leopards Will Ashby and Jamie Hayes bringing some experience in limited minutes for them. Ashby was club MVP when the Big Cats won Division One in 2015 while Jamie Hayes twice won the club’s most improved player of the year trophy.


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  • Oaklands Wolves

Wednesday saw both teams compete in regular season action; the women travelled to Cardiff to face the Archers, and the men were at home in a rematch against Loughborough Riders.


WBBL


The WBBL side claim a 54-62 league win against Cardiff Met Archers on Wednesday.


Wolves gain their second league win of the season, after beating Caledonia Pride last weekend. The team move up two positions in the table, with an improved record of two wins and five losses.


Oaklands picked up where they left off, starting the game with disciplined defence. The sides defence led to easy scores down the other end, which saw them take a 6 point lead to end the first.


Wolves began the second period extending their lead to 9 but was quickly cut down by Archers improved play. The Archers attacked the basket well, while Oaklands struggled to knock down shots, ending the first half tied at 32-32.


Despite starting the second half slowly, Lee Ryan’s side had a massive third quarter. Through their defence and execution on offence, Wolves went on a 13-0 run to reclaim a 9 point lead to end the period.


Archers did their best to get back, but Wolves continued defence and offence saw them close out the game 54-62.


Oaklands are establishing themselves as a great defensive team, forcing Cardiff into 20 turnovers for the game. Ryan’s side shared the scoring load, with a number of players contributing to the win.


Marlee Ball led the Archers with 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Mara Marchizotti had 7 points and 15 rebounds.


The performance shows how Oaklands have improved and playoffs are well within their reach.


Wolves will look to continue their run of good form as they face Essex Rebels on Sunday.


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Division 1 Men


Wolves' men found Harrison Gamble too hot to handle as they went down 101-74 against Loughborough Riders, on Wednesday evening.


The big man, who has BBL experience with Leicester, hit four three pointers on his way to 34 points, adding five assists as Riders recorded a quick-fire double against the Wolves.


Thomas Baker's team were led by AJ Roberts' 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists while Jordan Santiago added 12 points and 8 assists. Kane Daley and Obi Egbunike finished 11 points, adding 4 and 5 rebounds respectively, with Toby Gastaldi-Davies hitting a pair of first quarter triples on his way to 10 points.


Gamble opened the scoring before Roberts gave Wolves their only lead of the game with a trey, and despite Gastaldi-Davies pair from outside the arc the home side never coped with Riders' transition game as they dropped four triples of their own on the way to a 32-20 first period lead.


Roberts was the first on the scoresheet in the second period but although his team managed to slow down the visitors' offence, they steadily built their lead before Santiago's and-one trimmed the lead to 57-38 going into the locker room.


Daley's triple and a Roberts and-one saw Wolves cut the deficit to 13 in the first two minutes of the second half but Dwayne Orij and Jonas Dieterich answered from the Land of Plenty and despite Roberts and Seth Wiley also scoring treys it proved to be another tough quarter defensively for Baker's team as they went into the final break trailing 87-57.


Daley and Roberts took Wolves' three-point count to eight in the fourth period while Gastaldi-Davies got to the foul line three times with some useful drives to the basket as the visitors were held scoreless for more than three minutes before Joe Bielak's trey took Riders above the century mark and completed the scoring for the night.

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