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Hucknall Hornets 31 - Mansfield Giants 24

29th February 2008:
A fast paced game remained close until late in the opening quarter when a decisive run by Hucknall was capped by a three point shot from the wing to close out the period and give Hornets a useful 13-7 lead. Honours were even as both teams kept up the pace in the second. Hucknall defended well, didn't give up any easy baskets and forced Giants to earn most of their points from the free throw stripe. Offense was highlighted by some lovely baskets as Hornets weaved past the Mansfield defenders.

The second half started slowly and it was midway through the third period before the scorers were called upon but Hucknall edged further ahead as Giants continued to struggle from the foul line. Despite scoring only a single baskets in the final period Hucknall ran out seven point victors at 31-24, leaving Mansfield to rue over a dozen missed free throws.

Scorers: Tom G 8, Jack W 7, Rhys 5, Louis 5, Ashley 3, Tarl 2, Lewis 2

Hucknall Hornets 42 - Rushcliffe Jets 20

11th January 2008:
Hucknall came out to play looking confident in their new kit sponsored by Tyreforce. The match started slowly but Hornets gradually picked up the pace to lead by ten late in the opening quarter. Hornets dominated the second period restricting the opposition to a single point as Jets struggled from the free throw line. At the other end of the court, Hucknall kept the scorers busy and by half time held a 25 - 6 lead.

Hucknall maintained their intensity through the third quarter to extend their advantage. With the game safe, Hornets coach Richardson went small in the final period. In contrast Jets put out their tallest players, towering over the Hucknall team. Rushcliffe made the most of the height advantage to close the gap but Hornets went on to win the game comfortably 42-20.

Scorers: Rhys 14, Jack W 7, Louis 7, Jack P 4, Reuben 4, Jake 2, Tarl 2, Tom 2

Hucknall Hornets 34 - West Park Wolves 29

9th November 2007:
Hornets had spectators on the edge of their seats in this thrilling victory over West Park Wolves.

The match had been close throughout. Two three point shots either side of the break gave Hucknall the edge early in the second half but Wolves replied with a ten point run to close out the third period.

Three down going into the final quarter Hornets held their opponents to just a single basket in the fourth. Within two minutes of the last period Hucknall had nudged ahead but West Park's only score pulled them back within one. Hornets responded with a strong drive to the hoop for two points and a foul. Despite missing the 'and one' Hornets had made the decisive break. Another basket shortly after allowed Hucknall to run down the clock in the final possessions and move into play off contention.

Scorers: Rhys 16, Jack 9, Jake 4, Ryan 3, Louis 2

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Hucknall Hornets 35 - NMSB Giants 30

2nd March 2007:
It was win or go home as Hucknall needed victory in this rearranged game against NMSB to stand any chance of progressing to the playoffs. The teams looked evenly matched in the opening exchanges. Hucknall enjoyed most of the possession but NMSB countered on the break. Giants closed out the quarter strongly with a 10 - 2 run in the final two minutes for a 14 - 7 lead at the end of one.

NMSB had dropped into zone defense from the opening tip but despite struggling against this set up for most of the season, Hucknall's hard work in practise began to pay dividends. Hornet pressured the zone through the second quarter using clock to move the ball around for an opening or attacking directly through the post leaving Giants little option but to foul. Only Hornets' frailty from the free throw line prevented them from taking a lead into the half time break but even at six points down they were beginning to look the stronger team.

Hucknall continued to attack in the second half several times reducing the gap to four. With 5 seconds remaining in the third period Hornets inbounded the ball, quickly advanced up court and drew a foul at the buzzer. Although only converting one from the stripe, the NMSB lead was down to two points. Hornets had began to take advantage of Giants deep defense shooting unchallenged from behind the three point line. NMSB hit the final quarter's first basket but Hucknall responded with a triple to cut the deficit to one. With several Giants in foul trouble, Hornets didn't look back, taking the ball straight through the heart of the zone to close out the game with a 10 - 2 run and seal an exciting victory

Scorers: Dean 20, Elliott 8, Tom 4, Joe 2

Hucknall Hornets 51 - Burton Tornadoes 19

19th January 2007:
The match began high on effort but low on scoring as the teams cancelled each other out on defense. The game was over three minutes old before Hornets scored the opening basket and both sides remained in single figures as quarter one ended.

Hucknall exploded into the second period adding points in a hurry. Midway through, Hornets introduced a rookie substitute who scored with his first touch then added two more moments later contributing to a 20 - 2 run and a 22 point half time advantage.

Burton continued to press into the third but without any luck and Hucknall made them pay on the break. Tornadoes finally saw their effort rewarded posting double figures in the final quarter but Hornets still edged the period 12-11 to seal a morale boosting victory.

Scorers: Dean 14, Tom 12, Joe 11, Elliott 6, Troy 4, Jordan 4

Hucknall Hornets 18 - Rushcliffe Jets 35

12th January 2007:
Hornets returned from the Christmas break out of rhythm and out of luck. Looking rusty from a lack of practice they watched as countless shots rolled off the rim and back out. Rushcliffe played their predictable zone defense so excitement and scores remained low. Jets' superior accuracy gradually built them a significant lead, helped by Hornets missing a dozen from the free throw line. Hucknall saved their best ball for the last quarter. A successful three pointer and three big blocks on the defensive end helped them outscore their opponents 10-5 but by then Rushcliffe had already done enough to win the game.

Scorers: Tom 7, Joe 4, Dean 4, Elliott 3

Hucknall Hornets 27 - Ilkeston Outlaws 44

8th December 2006:
Hucknall moved into the land of the giants for the final game of the year against Ilkeston Outlaws. Initially Hornets looked a little in awe of their opponents watching as Ilkeston's 'Route 1' approach to basketball with long passes to their tall centre steadily put points on the board. At 8-0 down Hucknall could have been forgiven for collapse but characteristically for the season, in a time of crisis they fell back on the fundamentals and gradually pulled the game around. A confidence boosting 3 point shot ignited Hucknall with another quick basket to end the quarter and a basket plus foul to start the second put the scores level at eight. Ilkeston responded and began to pull away again but Hucknall held for last shot of the half and a sweet release, under pressure from behind the three point arc as the buzzer sounded, kept Hornets in touch at 13 - 22.

The teams traded baskets through most of the third quarter before Hucknall again showed the signs of fatigue resulting from their shortened roster and began to fade. Despite fighting hard under the basket they couldn't get the ball to roll as a series of shots refused to fall.

Hucknall's bench players came on strong in the final period keeping Hornets score moving but suffered from a lack of height on the boards as Ilkeston continued to hold the advantage in that area. Despite the final score Hucknall again showed they could hold their own against the region's best teams.

Congratulations to Ilkeston Outlaws: Top team and undefeated in the pre Christmas half of the league.

Scorers: Dean 9, Joe 7, Tom 3, Elliott 3, Ashley 2, Sam 2, Mark 1

Hucknall Hornets 20 - Rushcliffe Jets 52

1st December 2006:
Hucknall came into this game knowing a win over Rushcliffe would take them back to second spot in the table. They started brightly with some sharp assists on their first two baskets creating a 4-2 lead. Jets applied full court pressure throughout the period and gradually it paid dividends as Hornets passes began to go astray giving Rushcliffe a 10 - 4 edge at the end of one.

Jets switched to zone defense at the start of the second period then continued to play zone, zone and more zone throughout the rest of the game. Facing five defenders under the basket on every possession Hucknall struggled to score or make any impression on the offensive boards leaving Rushcliffe with easy baskets on the break.

Hornets came out after half time looking more determined, converting an 'And One' play after strong layup off a hard foul. When a they hit a three point shot shortly after, it looked like they were finally beginning to break down the monotonous zone defense. With under five seconds left Hornets had outscored Jets 10 - 5 in the quarter but as the clock wound down Rushcliffe threw up a short from just inside the halfway line. The referee closest to the play called travel but was overruled and Jets added three to their total. Although Hucknall had still been the better team in the period they never recovered from this blow and went scoreless through the last quarter.

After a season of exciting basketball, win or lose, this was not one for the spectators.

Scorers: Dean 14, Tom 4, Joe 2

Hucknall Hornets 47 - Burton Tornadoes 25

17th November 2006:
Last year's Sherwood League finalist met as Hucknall Hornets faced Burton Tornadoes. The game began slowly with both teams struggling to score. Hornet's game lacked the fluency of recent weeks as Burton's high pressure defense disrupted their rhythm but Tornadoes' style cost them numerous clumsy fouls. What Hucknall were lacking in open play they made up for at the free throw line, converting a high percentage to help establish the early lead. Hucknall were also dominating the boards and by half time they were a comfortable 12 points ahead at 22 -10.

Burton came back strongly in the third quarter. Hucknall were again playing with a shortened roster and beginning to look weary. Tornadoes had cut the deficit to single figures by the end of the period and the spectators looked set for another exciting final quarter. Hornets' coach had some strong words for the team during the break and the players came back revived. The double digit lead was soon restored and Hucknall never looked back. Hucknall had added 15 points before Tornadoes hit a sweet three for their only basket of the period with under a minute of the match remaining. Hucknall held for last shot which rolled off the rim with the clock winding down but once again Hornets grabbed the rebound and put the ball back in as the buzzer sounded to round off a convincing victory 47-25

Scorers: Tom 16 Elliott 13 Joe 9 Dean 5 Mark 2 Ashley 2

Hucknall Hornets 36 - Trent Tornadoes 40

10th November 2006:
Both Hucknall and Trent arrived shorthanded with six and seven players respectively so it was going to be a hard night for the players. Hornets started brightly and were four points up within a minute, forcing Tornadoes into a quick time out. This obviously helped their focus as Trent edged the remainder of an exciting period ending a point ahead at the first break. Hornets began to let the match slip in the second quarter. Their game lacked the polish of the previous week's performance and their opponents capitalised as passes went astray. By half time Tornadoes had increased their lead to eight points at 25-17.

Hucknall benefited from the break and started the third period looking more composed. The teams matched each other basket for basket in an entertaining quarter. Both sides made several trips to the free throw showing the competitive nature of the encounter but as the match moved into its final period, Hornets were still eight points down. Tornadoes scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to take their lead to double figures then just as it looked like Hucknall were out they began to mount a furious come back. A 10 - 0 run saw Hornets draw level at 35 before Trent hit a free throw to edge back ahead. Hucknall had their own chances from the line and saw a three point attempt agonisingly roll round the rim and pop back out but Tornadoes nerve held to inflict a tough four point defeat on the Hornets.

Scorers: Dean 14, Elloitt 11, Ashley 3, Joe 4, Tom 2, Lee 2

Hucknall Hornets 24 - NMSB Giants 33

3rd November 2006:
Hornets returned from the half term break facing their biggest challenge to date ...in more ways than one. Giants lived up to the name and made the most of their height advantage to take a 10-2 first quarter lead. Despite losing a starter to injury early in the match, Hucknall gradually began to pull their game plan together. NMSB's running style was countered with a half court strategy which slowed the game down. Hornets played patiently, moving the ball around the perimeter to split the Giants and find the free man for open layups. Tough defense also contributed to depriving NSMB of easy rebounds and limit the effectiveness of the opposition offense. By half time Giants had only extended their lead by a single point at 17 - 8.

Into the second half, both teams continued to play a high standard of basketball. Hucknall never allowed Giants to move out of reach and the spectators were treated to a quality and exciting match. Throughout the half Hucknall matched NMSB point for point with a couple of spectacular baskets bringing extra applause. Into the final minute and one of Hucknall's starters fouled out playing strong defense against an NMSB drive but Giants could only split the pair of free throws ensuring that the gap between the teams reminded in single figures

Despite their first loss of the season Hornets played some of their best basketball and never looked in danger being outclassed.

Scorers: Dean 8, Elloitt 7, Sam 4, Tom 3, Joe 2

Hucknall Hornets 38 - Cobras 23

13th October 2006:
Both teams started looking sharper than in last week's opening matches. A fast paced game saw Hucknall with an early 10 - 3 advantage at the first time out - but scores change quickly in basketball and Cobras were soon back within a point. Hornets responded by attacking the hoop directly through the paint for some strong lay ups and a 22-15 half time lead.

Hucknall stepped up their game into the third, playing tight defense on Cobras' key players and a passing game that spread the scoring across the team to produce a 14 - 0 run. Cobras picked up a couple of quick baskets as Hornets eased off while the quarter wound down. Hucknall were still well placed for the final period 38 - 23 ahead...

... except today there was no fourth quarter as new rules deemed the match was out of time. In the confusion 38 - 23 became the final score and Hucknall were two for two on the season

Scorers: Elloitt 10, Denni 8, Dean 8, Joe 6, Reece 6

Hucknall Hornets 35 - Mansfield Express 26

6th October 2006:
Last year's Sherwood League runners up, Hucknall Hornets, started the 2006/2007 season with a smaller and shorter roster but their opponents also seemed to have struggled to muster a team bringing only six players so surprisingly Hornets held the height advantage.

Mansfield played sharper in the opening exchanges putting some quick moves together for a four point lead. Hucknall looked rusty after the long summer break. Early shoots failed to fall before Hornets pushed the ball inside for their first basket. Hucknall had moved a point ahead at 10 -9 when one of Express's players injured an ankle rebounding a missed free throw. With a player already out, Mansfield only had four fit players remaining. Sportingly, Hucknall pulled a player off and the match continued. By half time Hucknall had established a 25 - 19 cushion

With both teams back to full strength into the second half, Hucknall maintained their advantage in a low scoring third quarter. Hucknall continued to control the game into the fourth. A three point shot from the corner early in the final period confirmed Hucknall's position and started to move the game out of Mansfield's reach. Despite a late rally from Express, Hornets finished with a comfortable nine point advantage and enjoyed a winning start to the season.

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