Match Reports: Division 1 Men & WBBL

Wednesday saw both teams compete in regular season action; the women travelled to Cardiff to face the Archers, and the men were at home in a rematch against Loughborough Riders.


WBBL


The WBBL side claim a 54-62 league win against Cardiff Met Archers on Wednesday.


Wolves gain their second league win of the season, after beating Caledonia Pride last weekend. The team move up two positions in the table, with an improved record of two wins and five losses.


Oaklands picked up where they left off, starting the game with disciplined defence. The sides defence led to easy scores down the other end, which saw them take a 6 point lead to end the first.


Wolves began the second period extending their lead to 9 but was quickly cut down by Archers improved play. The Archers attacked the basket well, while Oaklands struggled to knock down shots, ending the first half tied at 32-32.


Despite starting the second half slowly, Lee Ryan’s side had a massive third quarter. Through their defence and execution on offence, Wolves went on a 13-0 run to reclaim a 9 point lead to end the period.


Archers did their best to get back, but Wolves continued defence and offence saw them close out the game 54-62.


Oaklands are establishing themselves as a great defensive team, forcing Cardiff into 20 turnovers for the game. Ryan’s side shared the scoring load, with a number of players contributing to the win.


Marlee Ball led the Archers with 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Mara Marchizotti had 7 points and 15 rebounds.


The performance shows how Oaklands have improved and playoffs are well within their reach.


Wolves will look to continue their run of good form as they face Essex Rebels on Sunday.


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Division 1 Men


Wolves' men found Harrison Gamble too hot to handle as they went down 101-74 against Loughborough Riders, on Wednesday evening.


The big man, who has BBL experience with Leicester, hit four three pointers on his way to 34 points, adding five assists as Riders recorded a quick-fire double against the Wolves.


Thomas Baker's team were led by AJ Roberts' 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists while Jordan Santiago added 12 points and 8 assists. Kane Daley and Obi Egbunike finished 11 points, adding 4 and 5 rebounds respectively, with Toby Gastaldi-Davies hitting a pair of first quarter triples on his way to 10 points.


Gamble opened the scoring before Roberts gave Wolves their only lead of the game with a trey, and despite Gastaldi-Davies pair from outside the arc the home side never coped with Riders' transition game as they dropped four triples of their own on the way to a 32-20 first period lead.


Roberts was the first on the scoresheet in the second period but although his team managed to slow down the visitors' offence, they steadily built their lead before Santiago's and-one trimmed the lead to 57-38 going into the locker room.


Daley's triple and a Roberts and-one saw Wolves cut the deficit to 13 in the first two minutes of the second half but Dwayne Orij and Jonas Dieterich answered from the Land of Plenty and despite Roberts and Seth Wiley also scoring treys it proved to be another tough quarter defensively for Baker's team as they went into the final break trailing 87-57.


Daley and Roberts took Wolves' three-point count to eight in the fourth period while Gastaldi-Davies got to the foul line three times with some useful drives to the basket as the visitors were held scoreless for more than three minutes before Joe Bielak's trey took Riders above the century mark and completed the scoring for the night.

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