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U-14 boys break MK's hearts

Wolves U-14 boys produced their best basketball of the season to effectively end MIlton Keynes' title ambitions with a 76-71 over-time victory, on Saturday.

Jeremy Akpan's basket tied the score at 63 heading into the final minute and although the visitors were sent to the foul line with nine seconds on the clock, they missed both shots to send the game into an extra period.

Otis Lau-Johnston opened the overtime scoring, and the theory that the first team to score in additional time wins the game proved to be true as Wolves never trailed, with Sam Shurety hitting a triple before Billy Harmer wrapped up the win at the free-throw line.

Earlier in the game Wolves had led 20-16 at the first break before the visitors narrowed the gap to 39-37 at half-time. A 16-10 third period saw Breakers lead by four heading into the fourth period before they were outscored 14-10 to force the extra frame.

Seth Coetzee led Jack Rankin's side with a massive 16 point, 16 rebound double-double, while Lau-Johnston had nine rebounds and four steals to go with his 16 points. Harmer also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards, with Jacob Edrupt adding 12 points and eight assists.

Wolves U-16 boys were also successful, but they made hard work of a 64-53 victory against a Kent Crusaders side who will need to win in the relegation/promotion play-offs to retain their premier status.

There was little to choose between the sides in the first half as Wolves led 17-16 after one period, only for the visitors to take a 32-31 lead into the locker room.

A good start to the second half saw the visitors held scoreless for more than five minutes, with Fin Ball completing a 6-0 run which put Wolves in the driving seat. They went into the final break 47-40 ahead before wrapping things up with a 10-0 run on the way to a 17-13 fourth period.

Adam Pearce's team were again led by Daniel Kastadinov who finished with 17 points and three rebounds, while Milic Pavic had 16 points along with three boards, assists and steals. Lanre Pratt had nine rebounds and seven assists to go with his six points, while Ben Hodges and Josh Brookes each added eight points.

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