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Crunch game for Wolves' men

While Wolves have a weekend off from WBBL action due to the international break, the Division Two men face a crunch game at Ipswich as they battle to avoid the drop.

Fatih Karahan’s side recorded their first victory of the season last week but remain bottom of the South Division table, while Ipswich are in 11th place with a 2-8 record, and with two sides facing the drop, the game at Copplestone School will be key to both side’s survival chances.

Alejandro Jose Vega-Fonrodona leads the Suffolk side’s scoring with 14.6 points per game while Bradley Day averages a team-high 105 rebounds, adding 13.8 points.

There’s an afternoon of free basketball at Oaklands on Sunday as Wolves’ Division Two women and Division Three men are in action.

The young women’s side are first on court at 2.30pm and will look to build on last week’s big win at neighbours Stevenage Royals when they host Bracknell Cobras, While Claire Abbott’s Wolves are fourth in the table with a 5-4 record, Cobras sit in tenth with only two wins from eight games, and it’s a must-win game for the hosts as they look to continue their play-off push.

Northampton Mavericks are the visitors for the men’s game, with tip-off at 5pm. It's been a tough season for the young Wolves, but they’re look to complete their 2023 fixtures with a win as they face a Mavs side one place above them in eighth spot.

There are also two junior games at Oaklands on what is one of the quietest weekends of the year.

The U-15 boys provide Saturday’s only action when they host West Herts Warriors U-16 II at 11am, and La’Quarne Sayles’ side will be looking for a win in what is only their second home game of the season.

Sunday’s home action sees the U-14 girls at home against Solent Kestrels at midday, with both teams needing a victory to move away from the lower end of the table.

There’s an early start for the U-16 boys as they travel to Dagenham to face London Stars. It will be a tough game for George Walker’s side as they face a team challenging for the title having won eight of their nine games, but they will look to repeat the win that Wolves’ U-14s had against the Lithuanian side last week.

Walker will then jump in his car and head to north as the U-13 boys face a trip to Cambourne Falcons U-14s. Wolves have found life tough against older and generally bigger opposition this season, but this looks to be a winnable game before their break for Christmas.

The senior men aren’t the only Wolves side to travel to Ipswich this weekend as the U-14 boys will look to strengthen their play-off push against a team who are joint eighth in the table. It’s a chance for Ibrahim Gariba’s side to complete their first double of the season having beaten Ipswich 110-66 when the sides met at Oaklands in September.

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