Wildcats Win Before Lions Thumping

On Saturday, Nottingham Wildcats won their second successive match in the WBBL before falling back down to earth on Sunday with a defeat against title challenging London Lions.

After beating Caledonia Pride in Scotland last weekend in what was only a second win of the WBBL championship season for Nottingham, the Wildcats easily saw off recently promoted Gloucester City Queens on Saturday night to make it three from eight as the home side eventually won quite convincingly 82-34.

The huge win saw the Molten WBBL Player of the Month for November, Brooklyn Pannell score 24 points for the Wildcats with Imani Whittington and Shaunay Edmonds both netting a dozen each.

On Sunday against more ambitious opponents however, second placed London Lions proved too strong at the Copper Box Arena despite an all square first quarter, the hosts running up a sixteen point lead by half time and never looking back to eventually claim a 116-82 victory.

Jahnae Gyles was superb for the Wildcats in scoring 26 points whilst Kennedy Nicolas netted 21 with 14 rebounds, proving despite defeat, there was no disgrace at all in an attacking sense at least.

The loss means Nottingham are now eighth in the table having played nine games with three wins and six defeats, next up for the Wildcats is a trip to sixth placed Essex Rebels on Saturday.

Meanwhile in the men’s game, elite second tier side Nottingham Hoods beat Derby Trailblazers on Saturday to return to winning ways in a cracking local encounter in the NBL Division One.

The Hoods eventually winning by two scores, 75-71 thanks largely to 26 points and 13 rebounds by Morikinyo Williams and helped along also by 13 more from Johde Campbell and ten points from Kyle Jimenez.

On Sunday however the Hoods lost 69-80 in the Quarter Finals of the Men’s National Cup to Thames Valley Cavaliers. Williams again top point scoring with 20 of the Nottingham points.

In the league, Nottingham are now eighth in the fourteen team regular season table having won five and lost two of their seven games, the Hoods with four games in hand on leaders Team Solent Kestrels who have a record of 10-1. Next up for the Hoods a trip to Worthing Thunder who are second (9-2) on Saturday night.

*Main image @WBBLofficial action from the Copper Box as London beat the Wildcats.

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