Saints just avoid being stung by the Wasps, as Leaders prevail and Arrows enjoy two-win weekend

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City of Sheffield Saints faced unknown opposition on Saturday as newcomers to Division 3, Hull Wasps, made their way to All Saints.

Pete Olusoga opened with a three, but Saints struggled to find the basket with 16 missed shots, only making three of four free throws and one three, giving them a paltry eight points as Hull hit two threes helping them to a 12-8 lead.

The visitors seemed to have found their range as David Frost hit two threes and they made seven of 10 shots inside the circle, but they continued to struggle with rebounds as Hull’s big men dominated the boards, Saints took the period 22-20, still down 32-30 at the break.

The half time coach’s talk seemed to give the home side more focus, as they went on a 16-8 run followed by an 8-3 run to end the third quarter, giving them a 53-46 advantage going into the final 10 minutes.

Pete Olusoga made two more threes in the first four minutes, stretching Saints lead to 61-50, but the visitors hit seven of seven free throws to close to 63-58, but they did not manage to get any closer, as Saints held on for a 72-66 win.

Saints are at home on Saturday December 13 with Leeds Force the visitors, 3.00pm tip.

n Barnsley Leaders forwards Jacob Danks and Matthew Bird both hit their best returns of the season but the home side, Mansfield Giants U16s, outscored the Leaders 99-74 in the EBL North Conference on Saturday.

The Leaders started well, pulling back from a 4-2 deficit to a 10-6 lead. The Giants then came back after a time out with a 24- 12 run and maintained the initiative throughout the game.

By the half way mark Mansfield held a 16 point lead and the Leaders made a big effort to get back into the game in the third period, but were only able to trade baskets with a 23-23 split.

Mateusz Grubecki fouled out in the third period, followed by Ewan Wainwright and finally Jacob Danks in the fourth period, to leave the Leaders with the bare minimum of five players to complete the game. Netherwood’s Jake Barton, returning to action after a finger injury, helped the Leaders keep five players on court but regular point guard, Horizon’s Martynas Kandrotas, missed his second game following a leg operation, and will be out of action until sometime in the New Year.

Ewan Wainwright took over the number one slot.

n Barnsley Leaders: Jacob Danks capt. 26, Matty Rees 25, Matthew Bird 10, Mateusz Grubecki 9, Ewan Wainwright 2, Jake Barton 1, Daniel Njoh 1, Joe Taylor.

On Saturday the Leaders take on Leeds Tigers at Netherwood, tip off 11.00am. Leading point scorer Matty Rees misses his first game of the season.

Following this the Leaders U12s travel to Thrybergh to take on Hatfield Fliers. On Sunday Darfield Dunkers take teams to the South Yorkshire tournament at the Goals All Saints centre, Sheffield.

n The Linbraze Arrows men’s basketball team recorded a magnificent pair of victories in London to move into second place in the League with a 6-3 record.

They play London Lithuanica at Killamarsh SC on Saturday December 13, at 5pm.

On Saturday two of the divisions most entertaining teams locked horns when Eastside Eagles hosted the Derbyshire-based Arrows.

Junior star Andreas Lycoudis was handed a starting role in the absence of the harshly suspended James Kelly for the Arrows, and Andreas responded with the Arrows’ first five points of the game, and a shot clock-beating three-pointer on the way to a first half tally of eight points.

That inspired the Arrows to a 89-64 success, with baskets for all nine players on the night.

On Sunday the Arrows stayed in London to tackle a London United side who had last year beaten the Arrows. The Arrows began brightly to lead 18-4 following on from their clinical efforts the previous evening.

London came back into the game but the Arrows held firm to register a 97-86 win.