Wolves U-13 boys premier team continued their unbeaten season with a pair of victories against Ipswich on Sunday.
With the help of a few bench U-14 players, Ibrahim Gariba managed to field two entirely different sides, with the premier team winning 74-23 and the “Select” team recording a 63-30 success.
A 13-6 first period gave the premier team a good start and they took the lead out to 34-16 at half-time, and ended any fears of a comeback with a 16-4 third period. The win was completed by a dominant 24-8 final frame.
Liam Schertal (16) and Tituan Vimeux (14) led Wolves, with Eriko Brakolli adding ten points.
The second game saw Wolves lead from tip-to-buzzer as they never looked back following a 21-4 first period. A more even second quarter saw Wolves’ extend their lead to 23-15 before wrapping things up with 15-8 and 15-7 periods in the second half. Uros Pisceteli-Ekblad led the way with 20 points, with Zac Butterworth adding ten and Alex Ryan eight.
Wolves’ Development A team also recorded a win against an Ipswich side whose depleted numbers were bolstered by three of their girls’ team,
A fairly even first quarter saw Wolves shade it 18-12 before they took control with a 14-2 second period to lead 32-14 at half-time. A 10-8 third period saw the lead grow to 20 before Ipswich won the last stanza 16-10.
Sam McCree matched the number of his vest with a game-high 18 point, with Emir Milad and Harrison Fletcher each adding six points.
On a day when Wolves managed to field six different sides, with only two players playing for more than one team, there were contrasting defeats for the two line-ups that faced Stevenage Royals. The under-12s lost a thriller 40-36 before the U-13 Development B team went down 52-26.
Playing together as a group for the first time, the U-12 started well with an 18-14 opening period but a disastrous second quarter saw Royals open a 28-20 half-time lead. Royals edged the third stanza to lead 36-27 at the final break and although Wolves got within two points a couple of times down the stretch, the visitors held on for the win. Issac Parrot shot the lights out for the hosts with 22 points with Danny Tsoutsas adding six.
A 16-4 first period put Royals in charge in the second game, and although the hosts were only outscored by two points in both the second and fourth quarters, an 18-8 third period helped the visitors to victory.