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Key wins for U-14 and U-15 boys

Wolves U-14 boys continued their play-off push with a 94-63 home win against Sevenoaks Suns the NBL East Premier, on Saturday.

Ibrahim Gariba’s side never looked in trouble against a short-handed Suns side, outscoring them in all four periods on the way to their tenth league win of the campaign.

A 24-14 first period lead grew to 51-36 at half-time, and a 20-13 third quarter saw the victory effectively wrapped up before the visitors were outscored 23-19 in the final stanza.

Zac Butterworth led the hosts’ scoring with 18 points, with Liam Schertel addaing 16 and Dylan Maisy hitting three triples during the first half.

The U-14s also played their part as they provided three players for the U-15s for the visit of Aylesbury Dux U-16s on Sunday lunchtime, and La’Quarne Sayers’ team won an exciting game 83-77.

There was little to choose between the teams all game, and it was a 23-17 final period that proved to be the difference as Wolves collected their third league win of the season.

Wolves led 23-20 at the first break but that was whittled away by the visitors as they won the second period 22-21 and the third 18-16 to set up a thrilling fourth period where the hosts finished strongly.

Jacob Edrupt led the way, dropping a pair of triples in his 19-point, eight rebound, eight assist, six steals game. Billy Harmer finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks while Ethan Chung had 14 points to go with his five steals and debutant Sam McRee had 11 boards and eight points.

The U-16 boys produced a fighting performance against Haringey Heat but went down 70-49 in north London.

Wolves only trailed 17-14 at the first break but were outscored 16-8 and 19-8 across the middle two quarters before edging the fourth period 19-18.

Otis Lau-Johnston again led George Walker’s team, finishing with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Lukas Nukey had eight points and as many boards along with two blocks. Shaun Uzus added seven rebounds to his six points.

A 13-point, ten rebound double-double from Rocky Starr wasn’t enough to prevent the U-13 boys going down 77-36 at Cambridge Cats U-14 Reds.

The visitors never recovered from a 40-13 first half against a much-changed Cats team. Danny Tsoustas added seven points and six rebounds.

There was also disappointment for the U-12 boys as they saw their title hopes end with a 77-52 home loss against champions-elect MK Breakers.

The visitors did the damage in the first half, turning a 22-9 opening quarter lead into a 49-18 advantage at half-time. Wolves did win the third period 18-12 before sharing 32 fourth quarter points, but they will now look to seal second spot during the final weeks of the season.

Tristan Ball led the hosts with 18 points, with Manuel Gracia-Peris adding 17 and Aiden Harriman eigh.

The U-14 girls also hosted Breakers in a game switched due to a lack of referees, but the benefit of a home game couldn’t prevent a 118-29 loss, with Jane Yu leading the “visitors” with 16 points

To complete a tough weekend against the Breakers, the U-12 girls lost 52-30 in MK on Sunday, but had the consolation that the result was far closer than their previous meeting with them.

Rose Marsh led Wolves with ten points, while Francesca Scott and Sophie Konte each added six as Oaklands outscored the hosts 14-7 in the final period.

The U-16 girls also produced an improved performance when they travelled to Susses Storm and went down 75-60 against a side who had beaten them by 38 at Oaklands earlier in the campaign.

With Jorjah Smith in Scotland with the WBBL team, Ibrahim Garbia stepped in as coach and after a poor first period which saw his side outscored 21-10, the rest of the game was competitive, with Wolves winning the final period 24-23.

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