The Wolves Division 1 Team had their second league game of the year today and it proved to be a tense affair with league rivals the Edinburgh Lions. The Lions have so far had their way with the Wolves in league games over the last couple of years, with the Wolves only ever being able to beat the Lions in the Lothian Cup Semi Final two seasons ago. The men were hoping to keep the club's winning ways intact with a couple of successful weeks for the under 12 girls, under 14 girls, both under 16 girls squads and the Senior Women and Senior Men division 2 all picking up wins in their respective leagues. The Women are in fact currently sitting on top of their league, while the div 2 men had a great come from behind win on Friday night.
The game started off relatively slow, with both teams missing baskets on a number of occasions, however the Wolves struck first, scoring a couple of baskets off some great drive and dish plays and offensive rebounding. Starting guard Grant Dickson was aggressive early and looked to establish the Wolves aggressive offence. The Wolves first quarter defence proved to be very tough and honest as the Wolves held the Lions to five points, while only having three team fouls. The scoring was spread evenly throughout the squad and with a commanding 19 to 5 lead it looked like the Wolves were going to win easily.
Basketball is however a game of runs, and the Lions came storming back behind their new, and very tall, aquisitition, number 32 Gaye. Gaye repeatedly drove and hit off balance shots, while their guard Carola did a lot of damage driving and scoring. Suddenly the Wolves looked vulnerable and started to miss fire, turning the ball over time and again and not looking to be aggressive and get into the paint. The Wolves got outscored in the quarter by seven points and went into half time with a seven point lead 33-26.
The Third quarter was more of the same, however the Wolves did start to assert their defence again and started making some nice plays. The game by this stage became very physical and the referees were allowing both sides to be aggressive. The crowd were becoming very vocal and began to get behind the home side, heckling and jeering the Wolves. Clapping at any mistakes made and trying to get under the Wolves skin. How did the Wolves respond? They kept together and started to settle into a pattern of good play. The Wolves went into the fourth quarter after a strong finish in the third that saw them lose their lead, go down by three and then get the lead back again. The score at the end of the third was 42-40 to the Wolves.
In the fourth the Wolves began to move the ball up the court quicker, started getting the ball onto Owen Cook and Marc Dickson in the post and got the ball to the corners to stretch the Lion's 1-3-1 defence. The confidence of the Wolves started to grow as Bobby Cosgrove hit a lovely jumper after some great ball movement, and Marc got to the basket for some easy scores. With 5 minutes to go the crowd fell silent as the Wolves stretched out to a double digit lead. The Wolves defence returned to it's first quarter best and the offense was flowing with great ball movement and a mix of inside scores and outside shooting. The final score was 60-50. The Wolves are now 2-0 for the season, however there is lots more work to be done that will allow the Wolves to maintain their unbeaten record. The Wolves face off against National League side Glasgow Rocks on October 26th in their next game. It will be interesting to see how the men do against a team from the league above.
More reports will follow over the next couple of days.