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U-12 boys win Glencar tournament

Wolves U-12 boys came out on top at Oaklands on Sunday. Two girls teams and a similar number of boys' sides matched up in a four-team competition sponsored by Glencar, with Wolves boys running out comfortable winners against Ipswich girls in the final. The semi-finals saw contrasting results for the two Oaklands sides, with the boys reaching the final with a 49-36 against Stevenage Royals U-12 boys. The damage was done in the middle two period as Wolves broke open a tied game at the first break to outscore the visitors 14-4 and take a 26-16 lead into half-time. a 15-6 third period saw Ibrahim Gariba's take a comfortable 41-22 lead into the final break before they edged the fourth period 15-14.

Alex Ryan led the hosts with 24 points, Rocky Starr adding 13 and Tristan Ball nine. It was a different story in the girls' semi-final as Ipswich U-13s never looked back after a 16-0 first break, running out 48-10 winners with five different Wolves getting on the scoresheet. The third place play-off saw Wolves girls up against Royals, and it proved to be a more even game before the visitors ran out 52-28 winners Royals shaded the first period 12-8 but pulled away to lead 26-14 at half-time. That lead grew to 40-20 at the final break before Royals wrapped up the win with a 52-28 fourth quarter. Hala Elgarhy led George Walker's team with eight points, with Lois Levenston and Daisy Golan adding four apiece in a balanced Wolves' offence. The final saw Wolves down to eight players but despite a strong fourth period from Ipswich, they recorded a comfortable 50-33 victory. The hosts led12-6 at the first break and extended that to 28-12 at half-time. A 14-7 third period effectively wrapped it up before Ipswich reduced the 42-19 lead with a 14-8 final quarter. Ryan and Starr each finished with 16 points while Thomas G added six.

The Development A team were next in action, staging a team scrimmage with the Reds beating the Whites 34-31 in a thrilling finish. The final game of the days saw Wolves Development B face Ipswich girls and the hosts were unable to build on a 6-2 first period as the visitors dominated the rest of the game on their way to a 46-14 victory.

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