DUTCH guard Maarten Bouwknecht led the way with 28 points as Worcester Wolves made a triumphant return to the court with a 87-74 victory over Bristol Flyers.
Stalwart forward Jordan Williams and new recruit Micah Elan tallied 16 points apiece while another debutant Josh McSwiggan contributed a dozen.
Wolves were always in control thanks to the efforts of their Dutch star and, although Flyers finally flickered to life with a 9-0 run to begin the last period, they were again brought to book when Bouwknecht once more came to the fore in pinpointing McSwiggan under the basket for an easy score.
A score of 80-69 with four minutes to go was as near as matters got before Worcester closed out the win.
“It was great to be back out on the floor, it’s been a long time coming,” said head coach Matt Newby.
“The complimentary input of our University of Worcester students was very pleasing and Maarten had the sort of performance that you need from your captain. He was cold-blooded throughout.”
The British Basketball League is scheduled to begin this weekend with Wolves yet to receive the green light for matches.
“We’re awaiting confirmation from the league about government support. Once everything is assured we’ll be looking to get out on the floor again,” Newby said.