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U-13s sign off in style

Wolves U-13 boys wrapped up their home league campaign in style with an 81-55 victory against Cambourne Falcons U-14s, on Sunday.

George Walker's side made a slow start and trailed 17-15 after the first period but took control during the second quarter to go into the locker room at half-time leading 49-30. A low-scoring third period saw the visitors chip a couple of points off the lead before Wolves wrapped things up with a 25-16 final frame.

Rocky Starr led the hosts with 24 point and 12 rebounds, while Frank Fojt also had a double-double, finishing with 20 points and ten boards. It was clearly a day for double-doubles, with Alex Ryan adding ten assists to his 20 points and six rebounds while Danny Tsoutas was perfect from the field as he scored ten points, adding seven rebounds.

The U-12 boys also had a successful home game as they defeated Cambridge Cats 75-50 on Saturday morning. Michael Ball's team shaded the first period 16-12 before a strong second period saw them lead 44-23 going into the half-time break. A 19-17 third quarter saw that lead grow before the home side completed the win with a 12-10 fourth period.

The U-16 girls missed the chance to make it three straight wins a they lost an overtime thriller 78-72 at home against London Thunder, on Saturday. Having already scored a buzzer-beater to win their first game of the season, Elise Beardsworth scored a late basket to send this game into overtime, but with four players fouling out the visitors wrapped up the win from the free-throw line.

Thunder controlled the early stages to lead 23-16 at the first break but Wolves fought back to only trail 31-30 at half-time. A strong third period saw them lead 49-46 at the end of the quarter before a grandstand finish to the fourth saw Beardsworth send the game into overtime.

Eunice Wong led the Wolves' scoring with 26 points, with Jane Yu adding 16 and Beardsworth 13.

Jorjah Smith's team had received a boost in midweek as Basketball England awarded them a 20-0 after Barking RDF failed to rearrange a game they postponed without agreement.

The U-16 boys had a disappointing weekend as they lost 111-45 at home against London Stars I and then went down 66-54 at Brentwood Fire the following day.

Otis Lau-Johnston poured in 25 points against Stars and pulled down six boards, while Max Plaggerman finished with eight points. Wolves never recovered from an early 12-0 deficit and were 30-10 down at the first break, and despite a 13-12 final period were comfortably beaten by play-off bound Stars

In Brentwood, Wolves trailed 22-17 at the first break and were 49-34, and a good fourth period came too late for the visitors.

But here was good news for the Wolves on Tuesday afternoon as RDF's continued inability to do a core function of a basketball club - actually play games at home - resulted in a 20-0 victory being awarded by Basketball England, and Oaklands will survive to compete in East Premier next season.

It was another tough game for the U-14 girls as they lost 80-38 at home against Sussex Storm. Allison Day's side made a good start and were only 14-11 down at the first break, but a 25-2 second period from the visitors paved the way for another heavy defeat.

Jane Yu led the hosts scoring with 20 points, Ghuarie Kohil 13 and U-12 player Rose Marsh five.

The U-14 boys saw their hopes of home court advantage in the play-offs end with an 81-66 loss at Barking & Dagenham Thunder. Wolves won the first period 24-17, but that was as good as it got for the visitors .Ibrahim Gariba's team have now completed their league programme and will wait to see where they travel in the post season after Easter.

Liam Schertel led the way with 18 points, with Tituoan Vimeux adding 11 points and four steals. Sam McCree had nine points to go with his 13 rebounds.

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