BRADFORD Dragons had a mixed weekend, making it four wins from five in Division One of the National Basketball League, but crashing out of the L Lynch Trophy at the quarter final stage the following day.

On Saturday, Bradford claimed a dominant 102-72 home league victory against the Oakland Wolves.

The Dragons showed no signs of rust in their first competitive game since December 19, which was played at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena, their home venue for the foreseeable future.

The visitors held an early 7-0 lead, but led by captain Ricky Fetske, the Dragons tied the game at 14 apiece.

The turning point of the first quarter came when new signing Great Osobor was subbed in.

Scoring and assisting early on, as well as showcasing some outstanding defence, he helped the Dragons into a 25-17 lead after the opening 10 minutes of action.

The visitors got back to within two just after the restart, but a dominant 17-4 run over the next eight minutes of action turned the game on its head, as Bradford romped into a 46-31 lead at the break.

In the penultimate quarter, they turned it up a notch, with Andreas Lycoudis and Fetske knocking down two threes each, Dave Walsh, Matt Armstrong, and Osobor getting one apiece, before Rihards Šulcs heaved home a half-court attempt to beat the buzzer.

That gave Bradford a 78-48 lead, making the final quarter a formality.

Fetske notched an impressive 25 points and 16 rebounds double-double in the game, while debutant Osobor performed outstandingly with 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks.

Coach Chris Mellor said: “We did a good job defensively, and we shot the ball really well. It was a decent all-around team performance.”

But the Dragons fell to a disappointing 91-68 defeat on the road against the Loughborough Riders on Sunday afternoon in the Trophy.

Osobor was unavailable for selection, due to being cup-tied, but the Dragons welcomed back Jermayne Laing and Uche Umekwe for the trip.

Šulcs and Fetske helped power Bradford in front, but they conceded 11 consecutive points to end the first quarter 17-15 behind.

Despite Lycoudis' burst of seven straight points late in the second quarter, Bradford went into half-time 49-38 behind.

Lycoudis, Fetske and Šulcs combined to score all of the Dragons' 20 points in the third period, but a costly scoreless run late on meant they were 73-58 behind with 10 minutes left.

A string of Dragons turnovers and misses enabled the Riders to build the lead up to 83-64 halfway through the final quarter and the game fizzled out from there.

Coach Mellor lamented: “It was a disappointing effort after playing well the night before, but fair play to Loughborough they did a good job at both ends of the floor.”

Next up for the Dragons is a return to NBL Division One action and an away clash against newly promoted Essex Rebels this Saturday, with tip-off at 3.30pm.