Hat-trick of wins for National League teams

St Albans Wolves had a successful weekend as they won three of their four National League games.

The under-16 boys led the way with a 79-58 victory against local rivals West Herts Warriors while there were also victories for both girls' teams. Ethan Downing and Simon Pattasin each dropped 18 points as Adam Pearce's under-16s moved up to joint third in the East Premier Divisions. Downing added four rebounds, three steals and two assists, while Pattasin had three boards, five steals and two assists. Will Andrews had a 12 point, ten rebound double-double and Abraham Araba had eight point, nine boards, eight steals and a couple of assists. Wolves led 24-18 after a foul-strewn first period but opened things up with a 21-10 second quarter to lead 45-28 going into the locker room. Warriors chipped a point off that advantage to leave Wolves 59-33 at the final break before the hosts wrapped things up with a 19-15 fourth frame. Meanwhile Tor Freeman's under-16 girls side led from tip-to-buzzer as they made it four wins from as many games with a 63-52 victory at London Lions.


The visitors started well, leading 16-9 at the first break and went into the half-time break 33-23 ahead. That lead grew to 51-38 going into the fourth period, and although the home side closed the margin to eight points, a strong finish saw the visitors close out the win. Joanna Akpan led Wolves with 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while Caitlin Ryan added 12 points, seven boards, six assists and as many steals. Amye Swinney had eight rebounds in the first period on her way to eight points and 12 rebounds. Having recorded a massive 90-point win at Cambridge during pre-season, it didn't come as the biggest shock in the world to see the under-14 girls beat the Cats 91-24 on Sunday afternoon. Wolves led 26-4 at the first break and it was all over by half-time with Emerson Westerby's side 48-8 up. A 19-4 third period saw Wolves go into the last break ahead 55, and they finished things off with a 24-12 final stanza.



Kaiya Batemen led all scorers with 22 points. ith Lois Bush adding 20 and both Paris Tyson and Darcey Macrae finishing with 10 apiece. Wolves U-14 boys never recovered from a disastrous first period at Lions as they went down 117-39. Ibrahim Gariba's team trailed 38-0 at the first break before they got the scoreboard moving to trail 61-14 going into the locker room. The hosts extended their lead to 88-26 at the final break before wrapping things up with a 29-13 fourth period. Dusan Crompton led the visitors with a 13 point, ten rebound double-double, with Kim Robinson adding nine points and six steals while Leo Milea added eight points and five boards.


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