Wolves U-14 boys made it three wins on the bounce as they defeated London Thunder 66-57 on Saturday while the U-16 boys split their home games in a busy weekend.
Otis Lau-Johnston had a massive 34 point, nine steal game to lead his side to victory, adding four rebounds and as many blocks, while Ricky Amrania had a rare rebound/block double-double with 11 of each, adding six points. Jacob Edrupt finished with 12 points and seven assists while Sam Surety added six points.
Thunder started well, going into the first break 18-13 ahead but Wolves fought back with a 23-17 second period to lead by a point at half-time only to see Thunder take a 49-48 lead into the final stanza. The last ten minutes belonged to the home side as they outscored the visitors 18-8 to move into a play-off position.
Meanwhile the U-16s also had a strong fourth period as they recorded a surprise 61-56 victory against London Lions.
Led by Daniel Kostadinov’s 22 points and five rebounds, Adam Pearce’s side outscored Lions 20-10 in the final frame to take the victory.
Lions extended a 12-9 first period lead to 32-26 going into the half-time break before Wolves chipped a point off the deficit to set up the excellent fourth period.
Josh Brooks finished with 13 points and six boards while Milic Pavic chipped in with seven points and eight rebounds.
After such a big win, it was a disappointment to see Wolves go down 68-63 against play-off rivals Ipswich the following afternoon.
The hosts never really recovered from a poor first period as they trailed 21-14, and although they narrowed the gap to 35-29 at half-time, the visitors pulled away again with an 18-16 third period and some missed Wolves’ free-throws down the stretch saw the Suffolk side hold on for what could be a key win.
Pavic led the scoring for Pearce’s team for the first time this season with 22 points while Lanre Pratt had a big 17 point, 18 rebound double-double. Kostadinov missed a double-double by a single rebound, finishing with 16 points.