HEAD coach Paul James was left disappointed with Wolves’ ‘naiveté’ in their 94-81 defeat to Glasgow Rocks at the University of Worcester Arena on Friday night.
A disastrous second quarter saw the game slip from the hosts and leaves them outside of the play-off places in tenth in the British Basketball League standings, following a third successive defeat.
A trio of three-pointers for Marek Klassen and Jermel Kennedy were the highlights of a confident start for Wolves.
Danny Huffor and Trevor Setty also chipped in to aid a 26-14 advantage entering the last minute of the opening period, but the hosts then proceeded to concede 33 points in just ten minutes.
An already-worrying duo of fouls for Kennedy were added to when he tangled with Great Britain stalwart Kieron Achara, forcing him off the court.
Glasgow’s path to the basket became untroubled and by three minutes into the second period, the visitors moved ahead at 29-28 when GB international Gareth Murray was left unmarked for an easy alley-oop.
Worcester’s embarrassment increased when Murray froze his defenders with a turnaround dribble to the hoop and Achara powered through for a hefty slam dunk, finalising a 52-39 half-time turnaround.
Rocks maintained their lead throughout the second-half and aside from a brief flurry from Setty and a battling display from reserve forward Andrew Bachman, there was little to threaten Glasgow’s control.
Wolves’ starting five were only able to muster a single score between them in the whole of the final quarter.
James said: “81 points is enough to win a game if you play proper defense, but we gave up some really soft buckets and showed naiveté at times.
“If we firstly perform defensively, that should create easy baskets for us offensively.
“We started off pretty well and got a good lead, but we allowed Rocks to stay in the game, find their stride and punish us.
“We need to look at the tape of this game, point out the mistakes and be much better defensively.”
Wolves welcome Surrey Scorchers to the University of Worcester Arena this Friday (tip-off 7.30pm).