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Play-off charge continues for women

Oaklands Wolves II kept their outside hopes of a place in the WNBL Division Two play-offs with a 69-47 victory at Bracknell Cobras on Saturday.

Claire Abbott's young team need need to win their final regular season when they host Thames Valley Cavaliers II on Saturday (5.30pm) and hope that other results go their way to seal a place in the post-season.

Caitlin Ryan led the visitors' scoring with 17 points, Rosie Porter added 16 while both Sarah Adepoju and Katie Nicholson had season-high 11-point games.

After the two sides shared the first 20 points, Wolves blew the game open with an 11-1 run and went into the first break leading 23-13. 

That advantage grew to 36-20 at half-time  and although Cobras shaved a point off the lead in the third period, a 20-13 fourth quarter sealed Wolves' 11th win of the NBL season.

Both men's NBL teams saw their seasons end in disappointment with heavy defeats as the Division Two team lost 98-61 at home against Westminster Warriors while the Division Three side went down 100-60 at Northampton Mavericks.

Wolves trailed 24-18 at the end of the first break against Warriors but they started the second period well and Lanre Pratt's jump shot put the hosts 34-32 ahead at the five minute mark. But that proved to be as good as it got for the hosts as Warriors went into half-time with a 47-34 lead and blew the game open with a 28-12 third period.

Captain LaQuarne Sayles led Wolves with 17 points and six rebounds while Ethan Downing marked his final NBL game with Wolves by dishing out five assists to go with his 14 points. Pratt pulled down an impressive 13 rebounds to add to his seven points and four assists. The visitors were led by Justin Hitchman, who spend several seasons with Wolves' predecessors Leopards, as he proved unstoppable in the paint with a 29-point, 11 rebound double-double while Lukas Volskis, another former Leopard, dished out a season-high 11 assists. 

21 points from captain Dan Kostadinov weren't enough to prevent Wolves' D3 season ending on a low as they never recovered from a 28-9 first period deficit in Northampton. The second quarter saw them knock a point off the deficit to trail 45-27 at half-time, but the hosts comfortably outscored them in the second half. Larry Clark added 11 points and Milic Pavic eight. 



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