U18 vs Birmingham A's @ Home 15.12.12

Worcester Wolves U18’s Vs. Birmingham A’s U18’s

Venue: University of Worcester

Date 15/12/12 Tip Off: 2:30pm

Team

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Worcester Wolves

11

26

39

44

Birmingham A’s

28

46

66

76

 

 

 

 

 

After nine straight wins in the U18 Midland Conference National League the Wolves should have been full of confidence for their final game before the Christmas break. A win against Birmingham A’s would have given the home side a win against all teams in the league as they reached the midway point of the season.

The game could not have started any worse for Wolves, an early three from Smith for the A’s followed by a couple of quick baskets gave the away side an 8 point lead with just two minutes on the clock. It was not until the 4th minute that Wolves 6’10” Centre Sam Broughton registered the first points for Wolves. An early substitution was forced on Wolves Coach Sarwar as he needed to tighten up the Wolves weak, almost non-existent defence. With Tom Cox now man marking the A’s point guard the Wolves did force a mini fight back. Dylan Richardson scored 5 for Wolves before A’s changed their game plan, went for the full court press, and effectively won the game in the first period. An 18-6 run in the final 4 minutes of the period gave Birmingham a 28-11 end of first period lead.

The second quarter started in the same vein as Wolves struggled to defend the impressive Smith as he scored his 4th three of the game with a little over 13 minutes played. Only Broughton for Wolves was showing any real offensive threat as he combined well with Cox, Curtis Pearson and Mike Arlott in creating some space under the basket. With five minutes of the period played the A’s had extended the lead to 41-15 and the usual “never give up” fight had seemingly deserted the Wolves. A time-out for Wolves gave some fresh impetus to the team, a powerful drive and basket from Cox, followed by 4 points for Arlott and a long range three from Pearson finally gave the home support something to cheer. The lead now reduced to 42-26 before two late baskets gave A’s the half time advantage at 46-26.

Any thoughts of an unlikely comeback were dashed at the start of the third period as Wolves again struggled to cope as A’s full court press forced far too many turnovers, a 14-4 run had given A’s a 60-30 6th minute lead. A three from Cox, followed by two more baskets for Broughton and another basket from an acute angle for Cox gave Wolves a 9-0 run in a frantic two minute spell. The final two minutes of the period however again belonged to A’s as they finished strongly scoring the final six points of the period and now holding a 66-39 advantage with just 10 minutes to play.

The final period of the game was a much closer affair. With Cox continuing to play tough defence higher up the court the offensive options for the A’s were reduced but offensively Wolves had little to offer. A three from Arnas Zygaitis was the only highlight in a low scoring quarter as both sides gave court time to all their players. Holding A’s to just 10 points in the final 10 minutes of the game will give Wolves hope for the re-match in what will be the final game of the season, and potential title decider, this coming March. The final score Worcester Wolves 44 Birmingham A’s 76

Disappointingly Wolves ended the year with a defeat, but with an extremely impressive 9 wins and only 1 loss record they remain top of a very tight league and on course for their best finish in the National League. With much to look forward to in the New Year the Wolves now have a short break from matches before their next game at home to Birmingham Mets on 5th January 2013.

Wolves Top Scores: Sam Broughton 15, Tom Cox 7, Arnas Zygaitis 5 and Dylan Richardson 5

Report written by Robert Cox




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