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Wolves set for 'crucial' Manchester test

Worcester Editorial 12th Dec, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

WORCESTER Wolves director of basketball Paul James has labelled his side’s home game against Manchester Giants on Friday as ‘crucial’.

Wolves and Manchester have played each other twice this season winning a game each but a Wolves win tonight (Friday) will see them claim their first head-to-head series victory of the season against the Giants.

Wolves go into the game looking to follow up their title push after last weekend’s win at Plymouth Raiders.

James said: “The head to head’s on the line here, they beat us away and we beat them at home,”

“It’s very important that we try to win as many head to heads as we possibly can. I think if you’re going to win the league, that’s what you have to do.

“So it’s quite a crucial game for us in that respect.”

After the Giants inflicted Wolves’ first league defeat of the campaign back in October, James is wary of the threat that the visitors will pose.

“They’re going to be a tough team – David Watts, Callum Jones and Stefan Gill are all very, very good players,” he added.

“If we allow them to, they can really hurt us. We’ve played them twice and we know what they’re about, and hopefully we can take away those strengths from them.”

Wolves then make the trip to the Northgate Arena on Sunday to face the in-form Cheshire Phoenix, who are currently unbeaten in six games in the BBL.

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