Hornets U14s back up to second with comfortable win

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Bucks Hornets completed a triple victory over East Herts Royals while the U14 girls beat Northamptonshire Titans in a winning weekend for the club.

The U14 boys’ victory, won by 73 points to 56, saw them move back into second place to maintain their play-off hopes.

Although the final scoreline suggests a comfortable victory, the Hornets had to wait until the third quarter before they pulled away.

Despite making an excellent start by scoring straight from the tip-off, six minutes into the game the Hornets found themselves 12-4 down as they struggled for momentum, primarily due to an accumulation of fouls, but the introduction of Bradley ensured that Bucks ended the first quarter marginally ahead 18-17.

The second quarter was nip and tuck all the way, ending with the Hornets ahead at the end of the first half 40-35.

Bucks then took total control after half-time and held a commanding 20-point lead into the fourth quarter, which enabled coach Lee McCarthy to give valuable court time to the whole squad, with all but one player on the score sheet.

McCarthy said afterwards: “From what I’ve seen so far, Royals have one of the best players in our league. Juan did a great job today sticking to his defensive assignment and limiting his opponent’s options.

“It helped us a lot. We have been trying to make improvements as a team in our defence and we showed good signs of progression today. We are moving in the right direction.

“I’m happy that everyone got good minutes and the smile on Joslyn McLeod’s face was priceless when he made his first basket for the u14s today.

“Overall a very good team performance against one of the better teams in our league.”

Elsewhere, Bucks Hornets U18s beat East Herts Royals 83-37 and the U16s won 65-38 over the same opponents.