U18 vs Sporting Club Albion away 26.01.13

Sporting Club Albion U18’s Vs. Worcester Wolves U18’s

Venue: Wolverhampton College, Bilston

Date 26/01/13 Tip Off: 4:30pm






Sporting Club Albion





Worcester Wolves










After a snow enforced break last weekend Worcester Wolves U18’s were eager to return to league action and put behind them their narrow defeat at Derby Trailblazers. Earlier in the season Wolves had beaten Albion by 65 points at the University of Worcester, Albion however have recruited well since then and this game would be a tougher test.

Wolves began brightly; a quick basket from Sam Broughton followed by a 3 point basket from Dylan Richardson gave the Wolves a 5 point advantage with barely 30 seconds played. A rare basket in the opening quarter for Albion had little impact on the Wolves momentum as they quickly went on a 10-0 run with a further 3 point basket from Richardson and the same score from Jamie Summers as he sank what was to be his first of five 3 point baskets. Ash Dickson was defending well and a strong block from him followed by a full court pass led to a further basket for Richardson as Wolves ended the quarter 19-8 in front and Richardson already on 12 points.

Wolves changed the team around in the second quarter but Albion had no answer to an excellent Wolves team performance. Three baskets from Dave Nash extended the lead and with the Wolves pairing of Broughton and Tom Cox collecting all the rebounds defensively Albion were forced to call a time out. The time out had little effect and with 6 minutes played the lead had increased to 31-10. A second timeout for Albion brought a slight respite for the home team and at the restart Albion scored a three only for Summers to hit two more of his own. With Dickson and Richardson continuing to pass the ball around it was inevitable that the two would combine as Richardson gratefully received another assist from Dickson to end the first half scoring. Wolves ending the half firmly in control and leading 45-15.

The third quarter was a scrappy affair, a great steal by Cox lead to an early basket before Tom Gibbs scored from an unlikely angle, with Wolves 52-15 in front Albion suddenly found their range. A 13-0 run in favour of the home side reduced the lead to 52-28 but as the clock ticked down Summers ended the quarter with his 4th 3 point basket. The 3rd quarter ending 55-28 in favour of Wolves.

Coach Sarwar obviously found the right words during the interval as Wolves came out strongly for the final 10 minutes. Five minutes in and the lead had increased to 65-32, excellent passing around the arc was creating space for Broughton under the basket and he continued to deliver with some neat Post moves catching the eye of an ex-Wolves BBL player. The latter minutes of the game belonged to Curtis Pearson as he scored 7 points in two minutes before Dave Nash ended the scoring for Wolves in what has to be one of the best team performances of the season. The final score 77-39 to Wolves.

Wolves remain top of the Midland Conference table with an impressive 11-2 record. This Saturday, 2nd February, they entertain Leicester Sparks at the University of Worcester, tip-off 2:30pm. Wolves Top Scorers: Dylan Richardson 23 points, Jamie Summers 17 points, Sam Broughton 14 points.

Report written by Robert Cox


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