Worcester Wolves 84 (29,51,68) (Owumi 21, Irving 15, Taylor 13)
Glasgow Rocks 79 (24,36,56) (Johnson 18, Murray 18, Northern 18)
Alex Owumi and Zaire Taylor were dominant right from the tip-off, as Worcester Wolves got an upper hand over the visiting Glasgow Rocks once again, claiming an 84-79 victory in a rematch of the BBL Trophy final, despite the late fourth-quarter collapse.
The game started at an electric pace, with Rocks taking an early 14-10 lead four minutes into the first quarter, but Wolves finished the opening period strong and were already up 29-24 after the first 10 minutes of play.
Worcester broke away to a double digit lead after stepping up their defensive effort in the second quarter. Kai Williams provided a much-need spark off the bench, scoring five points in a row to increase the gap to 37-24.
Rocks trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half, but had brought the game back to seven points on multiple occasions in the third quarter. Having started the fourth quarter with a 68-56 deficit, the Scottish side came alive late in the game.
With Glasgow trailing 80-71 and just under two minutes left on the clock, Gareth Murray’s long-range attempt ignited an 8-0 stretch for the visitors to make it a one-point game with 38 seconds on the clock.
However, Disraeli Lufadeju answered by draining his third third three-pointer of the game on the other end, allowing the fans to breathe a sigh of relief after a tense end of the fourth quarter.
Alex Owumi led all scorers with 21 points and dished out six assists, Kalil Irving had 15 points, while Zaire Taylor added a triple-double of 13 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for Wolves.
The starters carried almost all of the scoring load for Rocks, with Daniel Northern, Chris Johnson and Gareth Murray all finishing the game with 18 points each, with only two points coming from the bench.