West Lothian wolves u16/u18's played their RDL fixtures today after only 2 training sessions together. With only 5 players the day was going to be tough.Game 1
West Lothian Wolves Vs Boroughmuir Blaze.Wolves started out strong with a few good transition offences which helped us to a quick lead. As the game progressed into late second quarter with a fresh blaze 5 the wolves kept battling hard on defence despite being tired. The offence wasn't pretty but the ball was going in the net. Since the boys played tight man defence this frustrated the Blaze and forced tough shots. The score at the end of the first half was 27-18 to the wolf pack. As the second half kicked off blaze started to dominate in offence. The Wolves settled down and were still able to maintain that crucial lead. Entering the fourth quarter the Wolves began to seriously fatigue and mistakes started to occur but the wolves held on to a comfortable lead and won the game 49-37. Great result after only 2 training sessions together.Game 2
West Lothian Wolves Vs Stirling knights A great rivalry and what was going to pan out to be a cracking game. Again the Wolves only had 5 players, however with an hours break before tip of game 2 the young men looked rested and ready to play. The wolves started strong and scored 2 quick baskets, however the West Lothian side were put under great stress due to fast offences by the knights (ran by a former wolves player George Darosa) . The boys started to play with a slower tempo due to the long game ahead. Controlled offences lead to good opportunities that were unsuccessful.The boys stuck in and were down 4 at the end of the first 10-6 to the Knights. The second quarter began and the wolves were raring to go. A few silly turnovers led to a few fast breaks by the knights that were blocked by an outstanding duo of Jordan Pullar and Thomas McKeon on defence. Great communication leading to successful turnovers/blocks. The Wolves pushed hard and with a few steals from Ryan Lynch and a successful number of layups from Ross Fraser the wolves started to push the Stirling defence, eventually taking the lead. With a few gaps in defence due to the wolves being tired the Knights got the ball inside but on two occasions Mark Peacock was able to keep their post player out the key and steal the ball on 3 successive plays. The Wolves had a remarkable 2nd quarter and went into the half with a 22-10 at half time lead. Not conceding a single point in the second quarter!The competition started to heat up in the second half with both coaches and teams became more enthusiastic and competitive. With the Knights confidence low and the team frustrated the Wolves were able to force some turnovers and get some easy baskets, which allowed the West Lothian side to maintain a small lead going into the fourth quarter. The last quarter was a nervous one for the Wolves who had two players in foul trouble, Jordan Pullar and Ross Fraser both had 3 fouls. The Wolves began the quarter weak and a few baskets were scored by Knights brought the game to within five points. With 1 minute 30 seconds to go the wolves were up two. Jordan Pullar stepped up heroically and scored a three pointer that put the Wolves up by five points again. However on the next possession Jordan picked up his 5th foul with 1:10 remaining. The Wolves were up five points with only 4 players and just over a minute of game time left, could they hang on for the victory? The Knights began to pressure the Wolves, trying to get their opponents to make a mistake. The Wolves just settled down and worked hard to keep possession as much as possible and managed to scratch out the improbable win. Awesome defence and great performance by the guys with a well deserved victory!!!
Wolves 35-30 knightsLet's go wolves!!!!