NBL and WNBL recap: Week 12 (18/19 December 2021) - live streams, stats and more

Just two Division One games managed to make it through the NBL and WNBL this past weekend, signalling a low-key end to 2021.

In D1M, Worthing will finish the year in top spot as they beat Reading, whilst the lone D1W contest this weekend saw CoLA secure their tenth win of the season as they topped Bristol

There's a recap of both games below, and each result is also clickable if you wish to view the live stats.

Reading Rockets (5-5) 82-92 Worthing Thunder (11-2)

Worthing will lead the D1M pack heading into 2022 thanks to a 92-82 road win in Reading yesterday.

Worthing's 33-14 opening quarter left Reading stunned, and despite their best efforts, they'd trail for the duration. A fourth quarter rally brought the deficit down to single digits, but that was close as the scores would get.

Jarred Dixon played the full 40 for Thunder as the visitors rolled with a six-man rotation, but the American made good use of the time to score a game-high 31 points to go with 10 boards, four assists and three steals.

Veteran Zaire Taylor was also on song, his 23 points involved four triples and six assists, whilst forward Howard Crawford posted a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double.

The loss means Reading close 2021 with a .500 record, with Meshack Lufile ending the first half of his debut NBL campaign with a solid 25-point, 15-rebound double-double. Tyler Cartaino also stood out, he had 23 points and 10 boards.

CoLA Southwark Pride (10-0) 53-45 Bristol Flyers (3-7)

CoLA will head to 2022 still unbeaten as they topped Bristol 53-45 this weekend.

The Flyers became the fifth team this season to be held below the half-century mark by CoLA's stifling defence, though the visitors played hard on D to make for a low-scoring contest.

Notching single digits in all but the final quarter, Bristol's offensive struggles allowed Pride's Isi Ozzy-Momodu to enjoy a 12-point, 16-rebound double-double. Combined with Emilie Black's 14 points, the duo had a big outcome on yesterday's contest.

Despite trailing by many as 13 points late in the third, Bristol battled back to make it a fiv- point game with 39 seconds remaining. 

That's as close as the visitors would get, however, despite 13 points from Emma Bailey and 12 points plus eight rebounds from Hannah Wallace.

CoLA now go into the mid-season break with a hefty 10-point advantage over their closest challengers, whilst Bristol are skirting just above the danger of the bottom two in tenth.

That said, the Flyers are also just a single win off being in the mix for a playoff spot.

This weekend's results:

Sunday 19 December

NBL - 5pm - Reading Rockets 82-92 Worthing Thunder - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

WNBL - 1pm - CoLA Southwark Pride 53-45 Bristol Flyers - LIVE STATS


Main image credit - Luke Simcock