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Nottingham Wildcats travelled to Essex Rebels in the final round of the WBBL Championship with the opportunity to even their season record on Sunday.

Wildcats entered the day in seventh place however had the opportunity to leapfrog Pride and their opponents on the day, Essex Rebels. In another enthralling encounter that went down to the wire, Nottingham dug deep for a huge win.

They started the ballgame excellently, posting 31 points in the first quarter as they found their footing early. Shaunay Edmonds erupted in the first half for 21 points as the Wildcats took the lead into the break. Whatever coach Sadler said to the Rebels at halftime certainly worked, as the Rebels held the free-scoring Wildcats to only 16 points in the third to make it a one-point game.

Nottingham improved in the final quarter, and despite a spirited late comeback from the Rebels, a nine-point lead with just under two minutes to go proved too much for Essex to hang onto the fifth spot.

Edmonds finished with a game-high 26 points, whilst Praise Egharevba posted yet another double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds.

They secured an away playoff fixture against East Midland rivals, Leicester Riders which will take place Sunday 1st May 2022.

WBBL Championship
Essex Rebels 88-91 Nottingham Wildcats (23-31, 45-55, 70-71)
(Rebels – Paxton 15, Kohlhaas 15, Waithe 14; Wildcats – Edmonds 26, Egharevba 19, Pannell 17)

Report Source: WBBL

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