Tip: Friday 14 February, 7:30PM, University of Worcester Sports Centre
The Worcester Wolves are on a roll at the moment. Eleven straight wins in all competitions and undefeated since late November, Paul James’ side proudly at the top of the British Basketball League, with a four-point lead.Last weekend they passed a difficult test, enduring 600 miles of travelling to win back-to-back games at Plymouth Radiers and Cheshire Phoenix, and James was delighted his side passed with flying colours.
“I can’t start to tell you how pleased I was with the team’s performance over these two games,” said the Wolves’ play-caller.
“Coming away from two very difficult back-to-back road trips with maximum points was absolutely huge for us given the context of the season.”
He added, “The key to our successes was not only down to the usual suspects of Will Creekmore, Alex Owumi and Zaire Taylor, but the excellent work and production at both ends of the floor from the players coming off the bench.
“When they come to play as well, we are even more difficult to beat!”
The Glasgow Rocks find themselves in a similar position this weekend with back-to-back games on the road, and with the Scottish side four points off eighth place, player-coach Sterling Davis will be hoping his side can get back to winning ways.
“We definitely need to put something together this weekend in order to give ourselves a chance of moving into a play-off place,” he said. “It is not an easy road trip but we have to focus solely on the task of trying to get two wins.”
Davis knows there are a lot of players the Rocks will need to stop if they are to get a win in Worcester and there’s one in particular they would like to keep quiet.
“Wolves are playing probably the most consistent basketball of the season,” said Sterling. “They get the ball where it needs to go, when it needs to be there, and their group seems to have bought into it. We have got to control Creekmore and his production.”
Last time they met:
Glasgow Rocks 77 Worcester Wolves 92 (BBL Championship, Commonwealth Arena, Glasgow 10/11/2013)
What they say:
Paul James, Wolves’ head coach: “The Rocks will certainly be another tough test for us and we will treat them with the same respect and focus that we have done with every other team this season. They might be having a rough time of it at the moment, but I know that Sterling will be doing everything he possibly can to turn things around, and I will be doing everything I can to make sure that doesn’t happen on our court!”
Please note that this game is being played at the University of Worcester Sports Centre on St Johns Campus instead of the University of Worcester Arena due to poor weather.
Read more at http://www.bbl.org.uk/index.php?id=12&tx_ttnews%5Byear%5D=2014&tx_ttnews%5Bmonth%5D=02&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=2017&cHash=fb4d2d10537b6becf9621b444cec5b59#FAfx3xmRH72YE1lu.99