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Under-12s win thriller

Alex Ryan hit the game-winning basket with 34 seconds on the clock as St Albans under-12s won their first game of the season against a boys side with a 30-29 victory against East Herts Royals under-13s, on Sunday.

The 10-year-old drove through three defenders before shooting over a fourth Royals' players and Wolves then played some great defence to wrap up the win.

Wolves’ youngest team in the Herts U-13 League have struggled against everyone except their U-13 girls club-mates, but produced some great basketball as Stanley Walker and Ryan led them with eight points apiece.

Meanwhile Wolves under-16 girls got back to winning ways with a 63-24 home victory against basement side Barking RDF.

The home side struggled in the opening period but went into the first break 10-7 ahead and then blew the game open with a 19-8 second quarter. Wolves killed the game off with a 17-7 third frame before wrapping things up with a 17-6 final stanza.

Lilianna-Giselle Harkness and Ella Brown finished with nine points apiece, pulling down seven and five rebounds respectively with the former dishing out five steals. Caitlin Ryan added six reobunds and five steals, Mila Skipic-Piscitelli four boards, Joanna Akpan had three rebounds and seven steals while Tiffan Mitchell-Tyson had three boards with all four players finishing with eight points as coach Tor Freeman was able to give all 11 players double-digit minutes.

The under-16 boys had a mixed weekend with a 78-69 win at London Thunder on Saturday before going down 77-60 against title favourites Haringey Hawks at home the following afternoon.

Simon Patasin had a massive game at Thunder as he finished with 30 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals as Wolves never looked back after outscoring the hosts in each of the first three periods. Abraham Araba had a ten point, ten rebound double-double, with Trey Carter adding 11 points and five boards while Ethan Downing chipping in with ten points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Wolves led 22-14 at the first break and extended that lead to 47-36 at half-time before effectively wrapping things up with a 16-13 third period.

The following day saw a fighting performance but a 27-9 first quarter gave them too much to do despite getting the deficit down to five in the second period before running out of steam in the fourth quarter.

Patasin finished with 16 points and six boards while Ethan Downing had his second double digit scoring game of the weekend with 12 points. Araba had another solid game with nine points and seven boards while Carter had seven points and as many rebounds.

Finally, Wolves under-13 performance side hammered Brentwood Leopards 38-18 with Billy Harmer and Jeremy Akpan leading the hosts with ten points apiece.

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