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Sam's the man for U-14s

NBL Premier play-offs with a 69-63 victory at Kent Crusaders, on Saturday.

Sam McCree had a massive game as he finished with a 22 point, 24 rebound double-double while Zac Butterworth had 18 points to go with his three assists.

Ibrahim Gariba's team did the damage in the second period as they overturned a 19-17 deficit to lead 34-26 going into the locker room at half-time. The hosts chipped two points off that lead in the third period before the teams shared 34 fourth quarter points

The U-12 boys also had a win on the road as they look to secure second spot in Region IV of the National League as they won 86-44 at Norfolk Hoopsters.

The game between the two sides at Oaklands had seen Wolves win a one-point thriller, but Michael Ball's team blew the game open with a 23-8 first period and were comfortably ahead 44-17 going into the half-time interval.

The teams shared 32 third period points before Wolves wrapped up the win with a 26-11 final stanza. Manuel Gracia-Peris again led Wolves with 41 points, with Tristan Ball adding 12 and Alex Cofone 11.

The U-12 girls had a mixed weekend as they defeated Richmond Knights 41-34 at home on Saturday before losing a thriller 46-43 at Kingston the following day.

Rose Marsh led the way with 16 points, while Grace Betteridge added 10 as Wolves overcame a 7-6 first period deficit to lead 15-11 at half-time. The hosts stepped up to take control of the game in the third period as the visitors 16-9, and the never looked likely letting the lead slip as they closed out their fifth win in ten games..

It was nip and tuck all the way at Kingston with Wolves winning the first period 9-8 before the hosts took a 23-21 lead into half-time . They added a point to that advantage in the third period but the teams were tied at 42 going into the final four minutes before some questionable calls saw them seal the game at the foul line. .

Marsh completed a good weekend with a 19 point haul despite fouling out, with Francesca Scott and Elisabeth Walker added six apiece

It was another tough weekend for Wolves' older two girls' sides with the U-16 girls producing a better performance than the away game despite a 108-36 loss against National Cup winners Richmond Knights and the U-14s suffering a ?? home defeat against Kingston Lions.

U-13 player Jane Yu led way with 14 points against champions elect Knights, but after a 26-13 first period the visitors pulled away to lead 53-17 at half-time. Wolves matched the visitors for most of the third period as Knights extended their lead by five, but the London side outscored them 33-2 in the final quarter to wrap up the win.

With Yu missing the following day, the U-14s found the going tough against Lions, being outscored 24-8 in the first period before going into the half-time break 45-14 down. That deficit grew to 66-22 at the final break before Wolves rallied to win the fourth period 12-9.

Olivia Akers led acting coach La'Quarne Sayers' team with 14 points with Sienna McLaughlan adding eight

There was also disappointment for the U-16 boys as they came up just short in a thriller against Ipswich, going down 74-70 at Oaklands on Saturday afternoon.

George Walker's team were led by a 31 point, 11 rebound double-double from Otis Lau-Johnston, adding four assists and three steals. Shaun Uzus pulled down a massive 17 rebounds to go with his nine points, while Jayen Pisharody had nine points and five rebounds, and Lukas Nuckey finished with eight points.

In a game with numerous lead changes, Wolves trailed 24-22 at the first break before a strong second period saw them lead 41-38 at half-time. The loss of Ricky Amrania with an ankle injury at half-time clearly effected the hosts as Ipswich outscored them 23-11 in the third period and despite the hosts closing the gap with an 18-13 final quarter, the Suffolk side held on for the win.

Another team who suffered a narrow defeat were the U-15s who were unable to repeat their recent victory against Stevenage Rebels U-14s as they went down 81-74.

Royals controlled the first period to lead 26-14 but Wolves shaved a point off in the second period and reduced the deficit to 61-57 at the final break before Stevenage edged the fourth period to take the win.

Jacob Edrupt hit four triples on his way to a game-high 29 points, adding seven assists and four steals while Seth Cotezee had 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Billy Harmer added six boards and as many assists to his 13 points and four steals while both Kean Barba had Ethan Chung nine points apiece.

Wolves' under-13s continue to find life tough in the U-14 conference, and went to a pair of defeats over the weekend, losing 61-38 at Stevenage U-14 and 82-53 at home against North Herts Knights U-14

Hosts Royals never looked back after a 21-7 first period but Wolves did manage to share 30 points in the second quarter and 20 in the second before running out of steam in the final period. Ted Yu and Harry Regan led Wolves with nine apiece, with Isaac Parrott adding six.

Wolves struggled throughout against a much bigger Knights team the following afternoon, trailing 30-14 at the first break and were 46-25 going into the half-time break. A 22-13 22-13 third period ended the game as a contest but wolves did have the consolation of outscoring the visitors 15-14 in the final period. Rocky Starr returned from illness to lead Wolves with 22 points, Alex Ryan added seven and Danny Tsoutas six.

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