WORCESTER Wolves made it three wins from three in pre-season as they finalised their preparations for this weekend’s British Basketball League opener.
Wolves’ hat-trick of victories came in an 88-75 defeat of Bristol Flyers at the University of Worcester Arena on Monday (September 19), following up weekend wins in Bristol and against Sheffield Sharks.
Worcester’s new BBL campaign begins this Friday (September 23) when Cheshire Phoenix visit the city. Tip off is at 7.30pm.
An efficient first quarter against visitors Bristol ended on a close-range buzzer-beater from forward Jermel Kennedy, leading to a 25-17 advantage. to the Wolves
The same player showed his versatility by slotting home a three-pointer as the next period commenced. Fellow forwards Alex Navajas and Trevor Setty also connected from afar to help widen the lead to 49-33 by half-time.
An 11-2 burst to begin the second half took matters to 60-35, giving Wolves head coach Paul James the luxury of distributing court-time across his squad.
Andrew Bachman was one player who particularly took advantage of his extra minutes to slot in a useful eight points as Wolves eased to the win.
Navajas led the scoring with 23 points, followed by Kennedy with 17 and point-guard Marek Klassen on 15. Setty completed the double-digit scorers with 12 points.
“It was encouraging that we again had a nice spread of contributions today,” said James.
“It might only be pre-season, but we’ve now won three from three.
“Winning becomes a habit.”
James was pleased to see a healthy number of spectators for each friendly and is now hoping for even more support at the season-opener.
“We’ve had some great crowds at the Arena. Another good turnout on Friday will certainly help the players go for the win.”