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Junior Games: Weekend Roundup

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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