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Disappointing weekend for senior teams

It was a disappointing weekend for Oaklands Wolves as all three senior National League teams in action went down to defeats.

Wolves Division Two men visited a MK Breakers side who the previous week had become the first second tier side to win the National Cup in the 46-year history of the competition, and the hosts continued their push for Division One status with a 112-74 victory.

Travel problems meant Wolves had to adjust their starting line-up, but early baskets from Oliver Rudzinski and Lanre Pratt gave them a 4-0 lead before the hosts settled and went into the first break with a 25-10 lead.

La'Quaren Sayers' triple at the start of the second period sparked a better performance from Wolves as they shared 50 points in the quarter, but the second half saw them worn down by the big-spending hosts as they outscored them 30-19 and 32-20 to wrap up the win.

Sayers [pictured] dropped four triples in his team-high 16 points, with Daren Agbonogah adding 11 and Rudzinski ten.

Wolves' Division Three men were edged out 87-78 at Northampton Titans on Sunday afternoon.

The hosts took a 26-20 lead into the first break and extended it to 54-42 at half-time. But Wolves fought back to reduce the arrears 74-66 at the final break before Titans shaded the fourth quarter 24-23 to take the victory.

Dan Kostadindor led Wolves with 26 points, with Sam Mpundu and Milic Pavic finishing with 18 points apiece for the visitors.

Nineteen fourth period points from Caitlin Ryan [pictured] couldn't prevent Wolves Division Two women suffering a 77-70 home loss against Cardiff Met Archers II on Sunday evening.

The 16-year exploded with four three-pointers in the last quarter, including a rare four-point play but after taking a three points lead the hosts went cold as the Welsh team reeled off 13 points before Ryan broke the run with the final shot of the game.

Wolves trailed 20-16 at the first break and saw the deficit grow to 32-26 going into the half-time break. It was a seven-point game going into the final period but Ryan capped a 9-0 run to give Wolves a 63-62 lead and then hit a free-throw after scoring her fourth trip to put the hosts 67-64 ahead.

But that proved to be as good as it got for a Wolves side who struggled with foul trouble all evening, and Cardiff took control to seal the victory.

Ryan finished with 26 points, six assists and four rebounds, while Cleo Lewis-Gayle had 12 points and six boards. Stella Ekblad-Piscitelli saw her court time limited but still poured in ten points, while Joanna Akpan pulled down nine rebounds.



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