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!!!!.