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Wolves continue BBL surge with win over Force

Aaron Wise 15th Mar, 2017

WORCESTER Wolves returned from a two-week break to record a demolishing 112-62 victory over Leeds Force at the University of Worcester Arena last Friday.

The result, which is the club’s biggest winning margin of the season and their fifth consecutive victory across all competitions, lifts Wolves to sixth in the British Basketball League with nine games remaining in the regular season.

Head coach Paul James said: “We’re the form team right now. We were playing well before the break and we were determined to continue playing well after it.

“There’s been no let up for the players, they’ve carried on working hard and against Leeds we put on a show.

“We came out on fire and didn’t hold back. We talked about how, if we want to be a really good team, we have to put away sides when we have them on the floor and that’s exactly what we did. We were fantastic.

“We won’t take anyone lightly and if we can beat teams down, let’s do it and send out a message to the league.”

Danny Huffor set the scoreboard ticking over for the hosts with an early three-pointer, before Maurice Walker bagged a double of scores and set up Jermel Kennedy to find the hoop.

Trevor Setty then swatted away a Leeds attempt, before Kennedy connected again to open an 11-1 advantage after just four minutes.

The visitors were forced to call an urgent time out, but the onslaught continued as Kennedy and Walker strolled to the hoop with ease, despite the harassing Leeds defenders.

Already 39-15 up just a few minutes into the second quarter, Wolves continued to chip away at the struggling Force defence with Trey Zeigler linking up with Setty to slam home, before the latter returned the favour.

The hosts’ 57-36 half-time lead stretched to 78-51 entering the final quarter, with Walker continuing to out-muscle his opponents for a series of scores.

Walker then had the honour of bringing up the club’s century of points with more than three minutes of the match still remaining, before wrapping up the comprehensive win with a game-high 25 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.

Huffor scored 16 points for Wolves, with Alex Navajas and Marek Klassen scoring 13 points apiece.

Wolves take on Leeds Force again on Friday night, this time in Yorkshire at the Carnegie Sports Centre (tip-off 7.30pm).

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