TOP-of-the-table London Lions are the next opponents as Worcester Wolves look to bounce back after a miserable trip to Sheffield Sharks.
Not only did the 114-76 reversal at second-placed Sharks last Friday mean Wolves remain at the foot of the British Basketball League but they also had head coach Ty Shaw taken to hospital.
A half-time illness meant Shaw was transported to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital before he was discharged following an overnight stay.
Wolves managing director Mick Donovan said: “We are pleased to say Ty has been discharged from hospital and will be taking some time to rest and make a full recovery.”
Wolves will hope for a change of fortune when they welcome title pacesetters London Lions to the University of Worcester Arena on Friday (tip-off 7.30pm).
After falling behind by more than 20 points just after half-time in Sheffield, Wolves fought back to close the gap to 57-70 before their in-form opponents once more stepped on the gas to confirm victory.
A clever double of hand-offs from Miki Servera set up early baskets for Lester Prosper and Adam Thoseby. Prosper connected twice more for a useful nine first-quarter points.
Jordan Whelan joined the action to sink a corner shot as the period expired and produced a strong drive and dunk to keep his name featuring on the scoresheet.
Robert Crawford floated home a couple of three-pointers but still had to see his side trailing 41-57 as the first half ended.
Point-guard Darell Combs was also successful from long-distance to keep Worcester within sight of their hosts shortly after the break.
However, a closely-refereed contest led to a series of unsportsmanlike and technical fouls called against Wolves. Combined with a Sheffield offense now firing on all cylinders, the outcome was by then decided.
Prosper led the scoring with 17 points, closely followed by Thoseby and Whelan with 15 and 13 points respectively.