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The weekend preview

All 12 teams in action during busy weekend

It's another action packed weekend at Oaklands with three senior games among the seven at the epicentre of English basketball.

The big game comes on Saturday evening when Wolves men return to action to host fellow strugglers Greenwich Titans in a game both teams need to win if they are to avoid the drop.

Wolves go into the game bottom of the table with a 2-12 record Titans are one spot above them with three wins from 13 games. Wolves lost a thriller 73-69 when the teams met earlier in the campaign, so they will be looking for a five-point win to take the head-to-head decider if the two teams finish with the same league record at the end of the season.

Wolves pulled off their own version of the Great Escape last season when they stayed up with a game to spare, and will be looking for plenty of noisy support when they look for a repeat starting this weekend.

Both of Wolves' lower division senior teams are at home on Sunday afternoon with the women hosting Plymouth Raiders at 2.30pm and the men playing Essex Rebels II at 5pm.

The women go into the game on the back of a midweek Women's Elite Academy Basketball League victory at Barking Abbey which sealed a place in the post-season play-offs. Claire Abbott's team will also be on a revenge mission as a depleted team with out any "bigs" went down 68-38 in the West Country.

Meanwhile the men face a Rebels team who are red hot having won all 11 league outings, including a 134-69 victory against the Wolves when them met in late October.

Admission to Sunday's games is free.

After a long break, Wolves women are also in action on Sunday and it's an early start for Lee Ryan's team as they fly to Glasgow to face Caledonia Pride in the WBBL Championship, tip-off midday.

The sides have yet to meet this season but it will be a tough test against the big-spending Scottish side who have only lost once in league play this season. Wolves head into the second half of the season tied with Manchester Giants in seventh place with a 3-5 record and are looking to seal a place in the play-offs.

The weekend's action at Oaklands starts at 11am on Saturday when u U-14 girls have their quickest away trip of the season as Milton Keynes Breakers stage their home game against them due to a lack of referees in the MK area. The game will be a massive test for Allison Day's side as they face a Breakers side who are have won their eight games by an average of 63 points, including a 106-18 victory in their first trip to Oaklands.

The U-12 boys also host Breakers at 1pm in a game which made decide the winner of the league. Wolves' only league loss came at MK when they went down 70-53.

The U-14 boys will aim to complete a league double against Sevenoaks Suns when they face them at 3pm, and it's a game that's crucial for Ibrahim Garbia's side as they currently sit fourth in East Premier with a 9-6 record, while Suns are eighth with five wins from 13 games.

Elsewhere on Saturday, the U-13 boys will look to build on last week's thrilling win when they travel to Cambridge Cats Reds to face a team they beat 50-46 with a depleted squad earlier in the season. Cats (6-7) are one place ahead of Wolves in sixth spot with George Walker's team having a game in hand.

The U-16 boys travel into London to face a Hackney Wolves (10-4) side who are pushing for a place in the post-season play-offs. Wolves are at the other end of the table and need a victory to move away from the relegation play-off zone.

Sunday's action at Oaklands starts at midday where the U-15 boys will field three players making their debut as they host Aylesbury Dux.

The visitors are one spot and one win ahead of Wolves, but have played a game more and La'Quaren Sayles' team will look to avenge their 62-54 road loss earlier in the campaign.

The U-12 and U-16 girls are also on the road, with the former travelling to an MK Breakers side who defeated them 90-10 at Oaklands earlier in the season while the latter will hope to avenge their 86-48 home defeat against Sussex Storm when stand-in coach Gariba takes them for the first time.


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