23rd May, 2019

Wolves record hat-trick of wins after dampening Scorchers

Aaron Wise 30th Jan, 2017

WORCESTER Wolves recorded a hat-trick of wins for the first time this season in the British Basketball League after defeating Surrey Scorchers 103-84 at the University of Worcester Arena on Friday.

Returning from back-to-back league wins on the road against high-flying Newcastle Eagles and London Lions, Worcester were surging with confidence from the outset.

Danny Huffor launched an across-the-court pass to Jermel Kennedy for an early dunk for the hosts.

Maurice Walker then halted a Surrey attack at one end before striding up court to overpower defenders and score, opening a 22-15 first-quarter advantage.

Ashton Khan joined the fray with several of his trademark slashes to the hoop, whilst captain Marek Klassen enthusiastically distributed the ball amongst the team, allowing five players to reach near double-figure outputs before half-time.

Entering the third-quarter, Kennedy surprised Scorchers’ Will Neighbour by swiping the ball out of his hands to score.

A double of Huffor steals then injected further doubt into the visitors’ ability to stay in the game.

Successive Surrey timeouts did little to slow Wolves’ barraging attacks, as Walker and Kennedy rose high for dunks.

Given no space to breath, Scorchers were then harassed into a 24-second shot clock violation.

As the final-quarter began, a pinpoint three-pointer from Huffor added to an already-decisive 81-57 lead.

Alex Navajas then notched his first points of the evening to bring up the century for his side – the third successive match Wolves have scored a ton of points.

Huffor led the scoring with 27 points and an impressive six steals, whilst Kennedy and Klassen tallied 24 and 17 points respectively.

Head coach Paul James said: “Everything is clicking for us now. We’re standing up defensively before quickly pushing the ball up court for easy scores. Hard work at one end produces opportunities at the other.

“We don’t intend to let up on the pressure. We’re now getting towards where we want to be with the talent we have on this team.

“We’re getting it right on defence and our offense is flowing from that. We’re sharing the load amongst all our players and everyone is benefiting.”

Wolves travel to Sheffield Sharks this Friday in the league, before taking on Scorchers again in Surrey on Sunday in the BBL Trophy quarter-finals.

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