Hornets bolster play-off hopes with win over rivals

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Bucks Hornets U14s consolidated second spot in the East Conference of the National Basketball League by beating third-placed Hertfordshire Warriors 82-76 in a keenly-contested game.

There was very little between the two sides in a tight first quarter, which Bucks edged 18-17, before the Hornets steadily increased their lead to go into half-time 39-32 ahead.

In the third quarter, Bucks were able to establish a sizeable lead at 49-35, only for the Warriors to respond and end the quarter just six points in arrears.

The final quarter was again a close affair as Herts closed the gap to just a single point at one stage,but the Hornets were able to see the game out to clinch victory and maintain their play-off ambitions.

Coach Lee McCarthy said: “Despite the win it was not a complete performance today and we still have a lot to improve on, especially defensively.

“I’m confident that we can score baskets but come play-offs we are going to need to be able to sustain better defence for longer periods if we are going to reach our true potential.”

Elsewhere, the U18 men won 69-61 over Ipswich and the U16 boys beat Brentwood Leopards 68-34.