There was a mixed bag of results as Oaklands Wolves junior continued their mini-season with nine games over the weekend.

The under-12 boys and under-14 girls development side hosted Reading Rockets under-12 boys in a three team tournament, and the home sides opened the day with a game against each other, and a good first period from the girls paved the way for a 51-42 victory. Jessica Stocks and Alisha Keeir led the girls with 7 points while Sebastian Ball's 13 points made him top scorer for the boys.

The boys were straight back into action and after a tight first half, tiredness kicked in as Reading ran out comfortable 53-38 winners, Lucas Nuckey leading the hosts with 12 points. Rockets then faced Oaklands girls to decide top spot and despite Stocks' ten points it was the visitors who took the honours with a 38-28 victory.

Meanwhile, on court two Oaklands under-12 girls were involved in a thriller against their Rockets counterparts as they had several shots to win the game before going down 28-27. Alicia led the scoring with ten points, but they gained revenge in short game between the teams immediately afterwards as four points apiece from Yasmin and Alicia helped them to a 13-7 victory.

The final home game on Saturday saw a dominant first half from Wolves under-14 boys rush into a 42-12 first half lead against Rockets, and coach Ibrahim Gariba was able to give everyone plenty of court time as they comfortably won 72-43. Alex Riley led Gariba's team with 19 points, with Josh Brooks adding 12.

Wolves under-16 boys were also in action as they made the short trip to West Herts Warriors where they lost 87-58 with Simon Patison and Daren Agbonogah hitting ten points apiece.

Sunday afternoon saw the older Wolves' girls teams in action, starting with the under-14s facing Cambridge under-16s, but the difference in age didn't prove to be a problem as the hosts strolled to a 55-33 victory. Coach Tor Freeman was able to give plenty of court time to all 11 of his players as they dominated throughout, with Jemima Uzoka leading them with a ten point, 12 rebound double-double.

Five of the under-14s returned to the court immediately afterwards as a depleted under-16 team went down 46-35 against a Hackney Angels side who were expected to challenge for the national title. All of the younger players got on the scoresheet as Tamara Smith-White led the way with eight points in a tight game that saw the visitors pull away in the fourth period.

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The second weekend of Oaklands Wolves junior mini season proved to be much more successful than the first as they won six of their seven games.

After an exhausting day, the most thrilling game of the day saw the under-16 girls survive a furious onslaught from Richmond Knights to win 46-45. The visitors outscored Lauren Milligan's team 14-3 in the fourth period and had a shot to win the game before a Wolves side who lost star point guard Miriam Carrasco with an ankle injury in the second quarter held on for the win.

GB international Grace Strickland hit five three pointers on her way to team-high 22 points.

Richmond under-14 girls also finished strongly but Wolves picked up a 55-51 victory with Caitlin Ryan top scoring with 16 points and Tiffany Rolls-Tyson adding 13.

There was an early start for the under-14 boys development side as they opened their season with a 46-39 victory, Donte Rose leading them with 13 points.

The rest of the boys action came against visitors Oxford City Hoops and they made a good start as the under-12s won 60-32 with Lucas Nuckey leading the way with 16 points and Max Faucherand adding 14. The under-12 development played the same Oxford side in a half-length game, and 12 points from Alex Ryan helped them to a 24-13 win.

The under-14s outscored Hoops 20-5 in the fourth period to wrap up an 70-47 victory with Luka Ibekwem top scoring with 16 points and Ben Hodges adding 12 before a combined under-14/16 side tired down the stretch to lose 84-69 against Hoops' under-16s despite 19 points from Simon Patasin and George Walker adding 14.

Picture: Oaklands U14/16 and Oxford U16 boys pose after the game.

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Junior basketball returned to Oaklands this weekend as five teams took to the court in a series of games against Richmond Knights.

Wolves juniors had managed just two games against other clubs during the brief periods that Basketball England allowed inter-club games, but were one of the first clubs in the country to get back into action after six weeks of training and three weeks on inter-club games.

The under-12 boys development side (pictured) were first on court and with six of their seven players playing their first game against another club they were beaten 65-21. That set the tone for the day as all three boys teams were comfortably beaten.

Sunday saw the girls in action as the under-15 team defeated Richmond under-16 B team 54-30 thanks, in part, to a 14 point, 14 rebound Caitlin Ryan double-double before the under-12s were heavily beaten at the end of a long weekend.

Wolves return to action tomorrow, Saturday 29th May with a hectic day that sees three boys' games against Oxford along with a pair of match-ups with Richmond.

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