Hoods Riding High

Nottingham Hoods continued their fabulous start to the 2021/22 NBL season with another win, this time against Thames Valley Cavaliers at the weekend, the Hoods now three from three in the regular season table and in addition the side have also won their first three L Lynch Cup games, six out of six for the season so far.

On Saturday the Hoods had to do it from behind. Edging a tight first quarter by two, the Cavaliers ran away with proceedings in the second quarter to lead by fifteen but a third quarter comeback had Nottingham back in the game and leading by two ahead of the fourth.

The last Q had the Hoods impressing again and eventually the side built up a comfortable lead in a ding-dong affair. Guddemi hitting 19 points for the Hoods with Olarerin scoring 15 and Jiminez 14.

Nottingham currently sit second in the table behind Hemel Storm and ahead of Worthing Thunder as the only three teams in the division with 100 per cent records.

Next up for the Hoods is Reading Rockets on Saturday, in fourth place, Reading have a 2-1 record and beat Loughborough Riders last time out by four points.

Not just a win for our counties leading male team but a first in the league for the women as Nottingham Wildcats brushed off opening match dissapointment in the WBBL to record their first victory of the season at home to Oaklands Wolves.

The Wildcats were edged by the Riders in their derby game in Loughboroigh, losing by two agonising points at the start of the month, but this weekend they impressed to beat Oaklands by nine points.

Like the Hoods they had to do it the hard way too, after leading by two at half time, the Wildcats fell to an eight point defecit as Wolves ran riot in the thhird but a comeback of comebacks in the fourth swung the tie away, Nottingham running away with a 14-5 quarter to eventually win 87-78 and edge a big confidence boosting victory for Kenrick Liburd’s side.

Brooklyn Pannell was star of the show with 22 points, closely followed by Shaunay Edmonds who netted 21. Edmonds also producing nine assists as the Americans impressed on home debut.

Another American, Kennedy Nicolas producing a second highest ever league total of 25 rebounds in a game in just her second start in the WBBL, Nicolas also scoring 20 points on the day.

Next up for Nottingham is newly promoted Sheffield Hatters at the Wildcats Arena on Saturday.

*Main image @hoodsbasketball Nottingham have now won six in a row this season.

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