24th Mar, 2019

Wolves' losing run stretches to four with defeat to Raiders

Aaron Wise 23rd Nov, 2016

WORCESTER Wolves suffered another late breakdown in a 94-81 away defeat to Plymouth Raiders at the Pavilions on Sunday.

The loss is Wolves’ fourth straight defeat in all competitions and leaves the club faltering in eighth place in the British Basketball League.

In a competitive first quarter, new centre Maurice Walker made an immediate impact with a quartet of scores, but hosts Plymouth were firing from range which led to a double of three-pointers for Daryl Corletto and Anton Grady.

Opening a narrow 20-17 lead, Raiders then fouled Walker as he went to the hoop resulting in the prolific centre scoring to level the game.

But Jermel Kennedy edged the visitors in front with an impressive bucket and Wolves kept their noses in front heading into the second half, before Plymouth guard Rhys Carter slotted home consecutive triples.

Another trio of triple scores for the hosts meant they headed into the final quarter 66-61 in front.

Walker kept Wolves in the game with six quick points to close the deficit to 70-69 with seven minutes remaining.

Plymouth centre Cory Dixon then picked up his fifth disqualifying foul as he attempted to deter a Walker attack, with the infraction being compounded with a bench technical.

At 75-72 with five minutes to go, the contest was still very much alive, but the following 30 seconds brought a brace of three-pointers from Plymouth to pull away for the victory.

Wolves head coach Paul James said: “We played well until late on. A lack of concentration left us with a big deficit to chase, which ultimately cost us the game.

“We certainly need to work more on holding our composure. I guess when you’re struggling as we are, you can forget how to win.”

The loss comes off the back of an 89-88 defeat to Manchester Giants at the University Arena on Friday.

Wolves had led 87-83 with 21 seconds to go but Moritz Lanegger bagged a last-gasp three-point decider. Walker bagged 32 points and 11 rebounds on his debut.

Wolves travel to Yorkshire to take on Leeds Force this Friday (tip off 7.30pm).

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