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The weekend preview

Wolves men return to action on Saturday with their penultimate game of the season as they host Ipswich, tip-off 6pm.

Coach Fatih Karahan will be looking for a repeat performance from La'Quarne Sayers who dropped 43 points on Ipswich when the sides met in Suffolk back in November, but a different result for his team 113-74.

It's been a tough season for the young Wolves side, and with relegation from Division Two confirmed, they are now only playing for pride. Meanwhile Ipswich are in the slightly bizarre position of aiming of aiming for play-offs while also looking over their shoulders at the final relegation spot. they are one of five sides tied on seven wins, with the group chasing the final three play-off spots, while 11th placed Brighton Bears will probably need to win their final three games to avoid joining Wolves in next season's new-look Division Three. 

Wolves women are on the road again, and they will look to complete a double over Nottingham Wildcats when they make the trip to the midlands. Jorjah Smith hit a season high 26 points in under 20 minutes when the teams met at Oaklands in November as her six-from-eight three-point shooting helped them win 113-82. It's a key game for Lee Ryan's team as they look to secure a place in the play-offs. Both teams have three wins, but with two games in hand Wolves are in joint seventh spot while Wildcats are tenth.

There's also plenty of FREE senior NBL action at Oaklands on Sunday afternoon, with the D3 men facing University of East Anglia at 2.30pm and the D2 women hosting Stevenage Royals at 5pm.  

It's the final home game of a tough season for the men and they host a side sitting fifth in the table, and they will be looking for revenge having lost 97-54 when they made the long trip to Norwich in December.

Meanwhile the women look likely to miss out on the post-season but will use the game as a warm-up for Wednesday's WEABL play-off quarter-final at Manchester. They'll also aim for a season sweep against basement side Royals having beaten them by 20 pre-season and 62-24 at Marriotts Sports Centre in November. 

The Junior NBL is also entering its final weeks, and there are four games at Oaklands this weekend, starting at 11am on Saturday when Wolves U-12 boys host Cambridge Cats at 11am. Michael Ball's side will aim for a repeat of the 64-45 victory they recorded against Cats earlier in the season. The young Wolves are already assured of the runners-up spot in the league, but there are no play-offs at this age group.

One side who are definitely going to the post-season is the U14 boys, and they will continue their push for home court advantage when they host London thunder at 1pm. Ibrahim Gariba's team won 73-47 when they visited the Millwall-based club in November and they'll look for their 15th win of the season against a side who are joint ninth in East Premier with a 5-13 record.

The action just keeps on coming, and the U-15 boys play their final home game of the season at 3pm when they host West Herts Warriors III.   Curiously Warriors III are having a much better season than their second team, and can still finish in the top three in the South East Conference as they head into the game with a 9-4 record. Sayers' Wolves side have found the going much tougher but they'll be looking for their fourth win of the season and revenge against a side who beat them 66-445 earlier in the campaign.

The action at Oaklands starts at midday on Sunday  when the U-12 girls also wrap up their home campaign with a home game against Solent Kestrels. George Walker's side have won five of their 12 games this season and they'll be looking to continue their record improvement against a side who beat them 65-21 when they visited Southampton in December 

While on the subject of Southampton, Saturday morning sees the U-14 girls travel to Solent where they will look avenge their 66-50 home loss against the Kestrels earlier in the season. The young Wolves will be even younger than normal as they include three players from the U-12s as several of the U-14s are playing for the U-16s at Reading Rockets on Saturday lunchtime. Complicated eh? The U-16s will have fond memories of their meeting with Rockets as Elise Beardsworth's late basket sealed a 51-49 victory when the sides met at Oaklands in December.  That is currently Wolves' only win of the season, but Rockets have also had a tough time with only two victories from 19 games.

The U-16 boys are also on the road on Saturday as they travel to Brentwood Fire where they will look to shake off any relegation fears against a side who are one place ahead of them in eighth spot. The meeting at Oaklands saw a lopsided 92-43 victory for the visitors but the Essex side go into the game with only two wins in their last nine games.

Last, but definitely not least, Sunday lunchtime sees the U-13 boys face a tough test at Bedford Thunder where they face a team who are looking to finish second in the Under-14 East Conference. When the teams met at Oaklands, the young Wolves struggled with Bedford's height as the visitors chalked up a 102-54 victory

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