Dunks galore.....a bit of fun, but these guys have worked hard for years to make these moves look so easy. Enjoy!!!!
The Wolves Div 1 Men were in action for the second time this weekend facing the Spartans on Sunday afternoon. The Wolves again had a depleted side with work commitments or holidays coming into play again. For this game the Wolves had only 5 division 1 players available, however Darran Baxter and Gavin Baxter both accepted the invitation to play up from the division 2 side for their first taste of division 1 basketball this season. The Spartans are a fast paced, often high scoring outfit, so the Wolves had their backs against the wall as they looked to continue their winning streak which started before the Christmas holidays.
As the game started the Wolves looked the sharper of the two teams, scoring a number of baskets in transition and in the interior. Marc Dickson, Andy Sturrock and Owen Cook opened up the scoring early with nice moves to the basket. On one score Andy Smyth made a nice baseline drive, with a lovely pass to Marc Dickson for the lay up. The Spartans however found some form mid way through the quarter and started to fight back behind the quickness and sharp shooting of their guard Darren Spense. Owen Cook did a fantastic job defending Darren, however the savvy guard was able to get to the basket, score and draw fouls off the Wolves. The score after the first quarter was 17-15 to the Wolves.
In the second quarter the Wolves tightened up their help defense and went on the run, continously pulling down defensive rebounds and getting steals, which allowed them to fast break time and again. By pushing the ball and being aggressive the Wolves got to the basket and found themselves repeatedly getting fouled. In this quarter alone Marc Dickson, Andy Smyth, Owen Cook, and Grant Dickson found themselves on the foul line. They converted all 11 foul shot attempts in this quarter which allowed them to open the game up. Both Gavin Baxter and Darran Baxter saw court time towards the end of the half and both played really well. The Wolves outscored the Spartans 25-10 in this quarter, meaning they were going into half time with a 42-25 half time lead.
The third quarter saw the Wolves lose the lead a bit as the Spartans became desperate and began to drive inside more often and looked to shoot the ball more often, rather than be careful. However the Wolves steadied their performance and pulled together a trade mark recovery. Each team scored 20 points in the quarter, meaning the Wolves held onto their 17 point lead going into the fourth and final quarter.
In the fourth quarter Darren Spence and Jamie Rillay began shooting 3 point shots almost every possession, and to their credit they made a few of them. However the Wolves continued to spread the scores around the team and continued to play great team defense. The Wolves ran a lovely play that culminated with a lovely back door pass from Andy Smyth to Grant Dickson for a wide open lay up. The Wolves ran out winners with a 75-61 final score.
Andy Smyth top scored with 19 points, Marc Dickson chipped in 17, Owen Cook had 16, Grant Dickson had 12, while Andy Sturrock had 7 and Gavin Baxter finished his first div 1 game of the season with 4. The win however would not have been possible without the fantastic defense played by Owen Cook and Andy Sturrock of Darren Spence, and by Grant Dickson who did an amazing job containing Jamie Rilley.
The Wolves are now in 2nd place in the league and face the league leading Lions this coming Sunday. It is heating up in the Lothian League, can the Wolves maintain their winning ways? Keep logging on to find out.
The Wolves Division 1 side were in action Friday night against the league winners of last year, the Boroughmuir Blaze. The Blaze team are a guard heavy, quick and aggressive team, and the Wolves went into the game with only 6 players due to work committments and holidays for some of their players. This would add an interesting dynamic to the game, which looked to be tough match up for the Wolves.
The game started with the Blaze continuously going to one of their two big men, No. 13 McKay, who scored their first 8 points. The Wolves initially went down by 6 points, before getting themselves in gear and putting points on the board. The Blaze started off with a really aggressive defense, however the Wolves remained patient and played themselves into the game by going to their post players, moving the ball for the best shot possible, playing good defense and pushing the ball off turnovers for easy scores. One play saw Andrew Smyth stealing the ball and pushing it up the floor before making a nice pass to Bobby Cosgrove who in turn made a lovely no look pass to Grant Dickson streaking to the basket for the score. The Wolves went into the half however down by 3, with the Blaze making a couple of lucky baskets late in the quarter.
Player Coach Andy Smyth told his players at half time that despite not yet playing to their potential and Blaze throwing everything they have at them they were only down 3 points. He was right as a more focused and defensive minded Wolves team came out in the second half and pounded the blaze squad, not letting the ball get inside the key whilst defending the three point line agressively. At the same time the Wolves started putting together good offensive posessions, which allowed the Wolves to go in the lead. There were three pointers from Marc Dickson and Owen Cook, while Grant Dickson and Bobby Cosgrove found the open men who made easy baskets time and again. The Wolves won the quarter 20-9 and went into the fourth quarter feeling very confident.
In the fourth quarter the Blaze's full court press had no effect whatsoever, as their players seemed tired, whilst the Wolves passed out of the press and were able to set up their offenses in order to get into good scoring opportunities. The Wolves ran a their 'Spain' play twice, both times getting Andy Sturrock going to the basket for easy lay ups. Marc Dickson lead the way with 14 points, while Owen Cook supported with 12. The Wolves spread the offensive load well, with all players scoring and 4 out of 6 player getting doub
In the end the Wolves turned a tight game at half time into a 58-42 victory. Up next is the Spartan's on Sunday. Another win could secure a share of the top spot, depending on the score of the Lions vs Blaze match up.
The league is hotting up, can the Wolves hold on to win the league this year? Keep coming back to see how the season unfolds!!!!.
A New Wolves Primary School Session is starting next week. Details are as follows:
Wolves U12 Squad Training
Craigswood Sports Centre
For current members this new session will be covered by your club fees, there will be no extra charge.
This session will also be open to new members, so please just drop in if you would like to give it a try.
LETS GO WOLVES!!!!!!
Wolves got off to a strong start, settled quickly into the game and managed to run the plays successfully. At the end of the first quarter Wolves were up 5-11. However, Steel came back fighting and the Wolves lost focus and gave up easy passes and shots, allowing Steel to finish the first half with a lead of 8 points. The Wolves after a firm team talk gathered themselves and started to show some aggression and determintation on the court. The Wolves took advantage of some good turnovers and the points started to add up. This 3rd quarter performance meant the Wolves were very much back in the game and Steel's lead was reduced to just 4 points. In the last quarter it was all or nothing; the Wolves dug deep and through determination and team work fought to take the lead. It was a close game but Wolves brought home their first win of the season.
Final score 35 – 37 to the Wolves. L.McGill was top scorer with 21 points
Charles Barkley played professional basketball during the 1980s and 1990s, he will probably be known for the energy that he played with and the emotion and passion he had for the game. Charles will always be known as a winner and left everything on the court. For you young guys starting to play the game learn from Charles.....hard work will equal success. It was through hard work and effort that allowed Charles to have a successful and brilliant career.
The last thing I will tell you is that Charles Barkley's position in basketball was Power Forward. The average of this position when Charles played was 6 foot 9inches. Charles was 6 foot 4 inches, and is known as one of the best at this postition of all time.
On Friday 17th February Leah Stewart played her first game for the Scotland u15 team. The game was played at Holy Rood High School in Edinburgh and was a friendly game against the Kool Kats u16s.
Despite being only 13 years old and being very nervous Leah played really well and gradually looked as if she was enjoying playing as the game went on. Leah did not look out of place playing against the older Kats team and routinely pulled down defensive rebounds, got out on the break and showed some nice high post moves. Leah was able to get to the basket a number of times and found herself on the free throw line after being fouled going to the basket.
Leah finished with 4 points, 1 steal and 6 rebounds, impressing the Scotland Senior Women's Head Coach Ian Gordon, who was at the game as a mentor for the Scotland u15 Head Coach Nicola McBrierty.
We will be following Leah's progress with this squad over the course of the international season.
Our under 12 Boys and Under 14 Girls and Boys are in action this Sunday in East/Central League action. Follow all their progress through the newly updated league tables on the respective pages.
For more information on the upcoming games please get in touch with your coach.
We wish our teams all the
Lets go Wolves!!!!
Updates have been made to the Primary School page and the Under 14 Boys and Girls pages to include new league tables for the East/Central Leagues. These tables will be updated on the day automatically, which means you can follow your own team more closely and acurately.
Thanks for your patience while these updates were completed.
Go on over to the various pages to check up on all our teams that are competing in