10th Dec, 2019

James calls for focus after fine win

Worcester Editorial 2nd Oct, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

WORCESTER Wolves director of basketball Paul James has insisted there is still much work to do despite his side’s fine season-opening win against reigning champions Newcastle Eagles.

Wolves made the perfect start to the new British Basketball League campaign on Friday after winning a close-fought match against a team considered as one of the favourites to win the league.

The 86-81 win could be seen as an early indication that Wolves has what it takes to compete for the title once again but James told the Observer his side were not going to get carried away.

“To go up there and beat them in the manner we did was fantastic,” he said.

“All the hard work we did during pre-season paid off on Friday, I’m very proud of what they did but there is still a long way to go in terms of developing the potential we’ve got.

“It’s only one win so we are not going to get carried away but it’s a fantastic start.”

Wolves return to action tomorrow (Friday) when they take on Cheshire Phoenix in their first home league of the season.

The last time the two sides met at the University of Worcester Arena they produced a thrilling contest which had to be settled in over-time as Wolves hung on to claim a hard-fought win.

“It’s going to be a tough game and we are going to have be prepared well,” James added.

“Hopefully we can win back-to-back games and put on a performance like we did for our home fans.”

Robert Thurman capped off a wonderful debut against Newcastle Eagles by being named in the first BBL Team of the Week.

The American scored 27 points and 13 rebounds in his first competitive outing for the Wolves since signing during the summer.

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