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The Solent Kestrels continued their unbeaten league record with a 112-49 win over the Oakland Wolves.

Russell Gariepy and Matt Hughes would share the top scorer tag with 22 points each whilst Ashley Briggs would score 21 and record 18 assists in a fantastic display. Isa Brandon also found success scoring as he notched 17 points and 6 rebounds as he continued his strong form.

Full court action from both teams started the first quarter as transitional points followed one after the other at each side of the court. Gariepy had success finding pockets of space in the paint and the game soon followed his example, with both teams struggling to score from anywhere else. Ilias Taiwo would act as a catalyst for a late scoring spree, scoring a three, a dunk and getting an assist in the space of a minute as Solent would go on to end the quarter leading 30-7.

The second quarter saw a pattern emerge as the Wolves struggled to score, Solent would counter on the transition and Hughes would finish at the rim. The scoring success from Solent would continue throughout the rest of the first half as buckets started to rain down from all over the court. Taiwo caught the eyes with some more fancy finishes at the rim including an emphatic alley-oop finish from Elliot Dadds’ pass whilst threes came from Dadds and Sean Mulhern to finish the half with the score 64-15 to the home team.

Hughes and Brandon continued the scoring after the halftime break with some nice work in the post. Briggs continued his physical dominance on the boards and by the halfway point the Kestrels had added another 17 points to their total. Oaklands Wolves started to find a little more success in scoring but any time they cut into the deficit, Solent would answer right back. Shaun Mboura added some late points from the free-throw line as the third quarter would end 93-35 to the Kestrels.

The fourth quarter started with a lot of energy as Gariepy knocked down a three before Brandon stole the ball before running down the court and slamming it down with both hands. It wasn’t long until the Kestrels hit the 100 point mark as Gariepy tried his best to keep the scoring momentum going. The tempo of the game would slow as a series of fouls and turnovers saw the game out.

TSK Head Coach Matt Guymon commented, "This was a convincing performance from our group and I was again proud of our approach to the game. We got another balanced scoring effort and a number of positive contributions from all our players."

Kestrels travel to the capital on Saturday to face London Stars (2pm - Saturday) before a 2 game home stand to close out 2023, where they'll host Westminster Warriors (9th December) and NASSA (16th December). You can secure your tickets for both match ups now!

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