23rd Nov, 2017

James desperate for additional player to join depleted wolfpack

Aaron Wise 14th Nov, 2017

WOLVES head coach Paul James admitted he would welcome an additional player to bolster the squad after his depleted side fell to a 82-76 defeat against Glasgow Rocks in the British Basketball League on Friday.

James was forced to rotate just six senior players at the University of Worcester Arena, as Glasgow’s greater depth of squad proved too strong for his exhausted side to handle.

“We did well to get a reasonable lead, but unfortunately we couldn’t sustain it,” said James.

“One of the key things was that we ran into foul trouble, which had the effect of disrupting the line-ups that we could then put on court and eventually led to the loss.

“If we can find a player who can help us we’ll bring them in, but it’ll need to be someone with a British passport. In the meantime, we’ve got players here who will continue to battle,” he added.

A pedestrian opening quarter saw just two home players, Dallin Bachynski and Alex Navajas, ink the scoresheet as Wolves fell 16-8 behind.

A double of three-pointers from Brandon Parrish and consecutive dances to the basket by Ashton Khan then switched the momentum, with two more Parrish scores giving Wolves a 35-30 half-time advantage.

Five points from George Beamon extended the hosts’ lead briefly in the third quarter before he picked up a trio of quick-fire fouls, whilst fellow American Trayvon Palmer stood on the brink of dismissal after four fouls.

The rotating disruption allowed Glasgow to open a 59-55 lead entering the final period, before Navajas’ evening was cut short following his fifth infraction.

A late flurry of triples from Parrish and Khan proved in vain as the visitors comfortably saw the game out.

Parrish led the Worcester scorers with 18 points, followed by Khan and Beamon with 16 and 15 points respectively.

Wolves’ host high-flying Leicester Riders at the University of Worcester Arena on Friday (tip-off 7.30pm).

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