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Hucknall Hornets Reports: 2005/6

Sherwood League 2005/2006 | Summer League 2006

Hucknall Hornets 34 - Burton Tornadoes 63 (Playoff Final)

7th April 2006:
Under strength and severely outsized, Hornets quickly fell behind to a strong Burton side. Hornets rallied early through the second period but never closed the deficit below 14 points. As the half progressed Tornadoes made the most of their height advantage to score easy inside baskets and consolidate their victory.

Despite the loss, Hornets didn't come away empty handed. In a post match presentation ceremony they collected medals for both their Division title and playoff final runners up.

Hucknall Hornets 41 - Derby 25 (Playoff Semi Final)

24th March 2006:
Hucknall had to wait for a Derby side running half an hour behind schedule due to Friday rush hour traffic but Hornets soon made the Derbyshire team pay for their late arrival. Catching them cold, they quickly posted the first ten points of the match without reply. Derby began to pull their game together as the teams traded baskets but Hucknall went in 21 - 11 ahead on the half time scoreboard.

The second period saw the game becoming more physical as Derby stepped up the intensity. Twice they came within four points but each time they tried to mount a run Hucknall rose to the challenge and eased back ahead. Gradually Hucknall's tough defense and incisive attacks broke Derby's resolve and Hornets extended their lead to progress to the final against Burton 41 - 25 victors.

Hucknall Hornets 33 - Rushcliffe Jets 41

10th March 2006:
Hornets lined up for this game with Rushcliffe Jets missing a couple of key players. A well organised Jets side looked being tough opposition as the lead changed hands several times in the opening minutes. Rushcliffe played good team basketball and put together some pretty passing moves to end the first half ahead at 29-25.

Hucknall reduced the gap to two points early in the second period but a series of stray passes and missed rebounds saw the match slip out of reach. A sweet three point shot in the last minute reduced the final deficit to single figures but couldn't save Hucknall from their first defeat since opening night

Hucknall Hornets - Djanogly City Academy

27th January 2006:
Djanogly failed to arrive

Hucknall Hornets 36 - North Midlands School of Basketball 20

20th January 2006:
Hornets showed no signs of complacency as they began 2006 against NMSB Giants. Despite missing two key players from the earlier season encounter between the teams they were never behind in this game. Focusing on a two pronged attack and full team defence Hornets quickly built up a lead. NMSB hit some nice outside shots to keep their score moving but Hucknall responded with a three point shot as the clock ran down for first half to go in to the break 28 - 8 ahead.

NMSB made the most of a more open second period to close the gap but Hornets finished strongly to post their seventh straight win.

Hucknall Hornets 68 - Rushcliffe Jets 15

16th December 2005:
A referee in a flashing Santa hat was a sure sign that Christmas was not far away as Hornets came out for their last match before the festive holidays.

The game got off to a frantic start with Rushcliffe applying full court pressure in an attempt to stop the Hornets' free flowing style. Jets did not intend to lose through lack of effort but Hucknall matched their workrate and gradually began to pull ahead. Both teams were diving for lose balls but Hornets were creating the better opportunities. By half time Hornets were already well in the lead but Jets were still challenging every play.

The second half followed a similar pattern but Hucknall extended their lead further as the opposition started to tire. Into the final five minutes, the early pace of the game was also showing on Hornets and the scoreboard began to slow down. Hornets finished just two short of their season high with a score of 68 to end 2005 on a six game winning streak.

Hucknall Hornets 61 - Ilkeston Outlaws 4

2nd December 2005:
Ilkeston chose to rest several players for this fixture with Hucknall but if they thought they could beat Hornets with an under strength team they were mistaken. Hucknall showed no mercy as they raced to their highest win of the season, eclipsing Outlaws by 57 points and restricting them to just a single basket in each half.

Up by 31-2 at the break Hornets used the second period as a 'pass and move' exhibition. On numerous plays the whole team touched the ball as patient build ups created easy baskets. Outlaws had few opportunities and the failure to convert free throws kept their score in single figures.

Hucknall Hornets 56 - Darfield Dominators 16

11th November 2005:
A move to the Albion Centre saw no change to the Hornets run and fun style of play or to the final result. Capitalising on an all round height advantage Hornets quickly ran up a big lead and ended the first half 37-11 ahead.

Making the most of the mismatch, Coach Richardson used the second half to experiment with some of the younger members of the team running the point. Extended minutes for the bench put nine players on the scoresheet in the 56 - 16 win.

Hucknall Hornets 35 - Cobras 25

28th October 2005:
Depleted by half term absentees, a shorthanded Hornets team survived an early deficit to overcome Cobras. A faulty scoreboard kept the result in doubt until the final buzzer but Hucknall emerged on top with another satisfying double figure victory.

Hucknall Hornets 42 - North Midlands School of Basketball 15

14th October 2005:
NMSB Giants appeared to be living up to their name as their first four players came out to warm up with daunting size. It took a while but eventually the rest of the side showed up and a lot less intimidating - overall the teams looked evenly matched.

Hornets won the tip and a short dribble and lay up later they had the first points on the board. The crisp passing that followed proved too quick for the opposition as Hucknall raced to an early lead. A slick move just before the buzzer added the final basket of the half and Hornets headed back to the bench with a 25-7 lead.

Playing their best basketball of the season so far, Hornets kept up the pressure in the second period with everyone contributing . Few possessions were wasted and when NMSB had the ball the were met with strong defence and forced to rely on outside shooting. The result never looked in doubt and as the clock wound down Hornets ran out to their second win of the season 42-15.

Hucknall Hornets 70 - Djanogly City Academy 20

30th September 2005:
Hornets took advantage of rookie team Djanogly City Academy to post a big 70 points as they moved towards their first win of the season.

The team looked much sharper than in the previous week's opener. Racing to a 10 - 0 lead the result never looked in doubt. Buzzer beating shots at the end of each half and tough defense contributed to the 50 point full time margin, highlighting the difference in experience between the two teams.

Hucknall Hornets 23 - Burton 25

23rd September 2005:
Hornets season started slowly against Burton. Twelve minute halves ensured that the game would be low scoring but summer break and a lack of match practise saw several moves breaking down as passes went astray.

Despite the errors, Hornets retained their composure and refused to be outplayed by one of league's top teams. Tight defense at either end kept the scores close with the lead changing hands several times throughout the game. In an exciting last two minutes, both sides had the chance to seize victory but Burton held on for a narrow win.

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