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Stateside’s Justin Mallard drives to the basket against Railways’ Paul Grant (left) and Torkel Tennberg (right) in Friday night’s thrilling contest.
RICHARD ROSSITER Stateside’s Justin Mallard drives to the basket against Railways’ Paul Grant (left) and Torkel Tennberg (right) in Friday night’s thrilling contest.

Stateside’s division one men’s team was unable to hold off a fiery Railways’ line-up despite a first-half lead at Tip Top Stadium on Friday night.

Both teams were neck-and-neck from the buzzer until Scorpions managed to push through to claim a two-point lead as they entered the interval, 21-19.

Scorpions’ Justin Mallard (12) and Scott Clayton (8) led the first-half charge by netting seven and six points respectively.

But Wolves returned to the last 20-minutes of play with a ferocity that allowed them to net a two-point win over Scorpions before the final call.

Ash Owen (14-points) and Paul Grant (10-points) were both double figure scorers for Wolves.

Full story in today's print edition.