23rd May, 2019

Wolves shoot down Flyers to record back-to-back BBL wins

Aaron Wise 7th Dec, 2016

WORCESTER Wolves recorded successive victories for the first time this season in the British Basketball League when they shot down Bristol Flyers 88-56 at the University of Worcester Arena on Friday.

The emphatic win, which keeps the wolfpack seventh in the BBL standings, saw Maurice Walker tally 27 points and 13 rebounds to register his fourth successive double-double return since arriving at the club last month.

When Bristol finally got on the scoreboard after three minutes, Walker had already sunk a couple of buckets, before Alex Navajas and Trevor Setty joined the party with a double of three-pointers to give Wolves an early 18-5 lead.

Navajas then showed his versatility by stepping back to float home consecutive outside shots, which saw the hosts enter the second quarter with a mighty 18-point advantage at 30-12.

Wolves continued to assault the visitors on all fronts as Ashton Khan knifed through defenders for an easy lay-up, before Danny Huffor set up camp at the halfway line to twice pick the pockets of Bristol attackers and convert the proceeds.

Reserve Mark Jacobs typified Worcester’s swagger when scoring on his first touch of the ball, before taking his place in the defensive wall that blocked Flyers’ Greg Streete from dunking home a half time buzzer-beater.

A commanding 54-26 advantage was still not enough for Wolves to take their foot off the gas as Walker settled into a pattern of dominating play at Bristol’s basket, before joining his team-mates at the other hoop to turn back any assaults.

Flyers’ Daniel Edozie was then harassed into an embarrassing missed slam as Wolves wrapped up the win with ease.

Wolves’ head coach Paul James said: “That had to be our best performance of the season. We dominated from start to finish.

“Mo (Maurice Walker) has made a huge difference to our structure. Teams are forced to collapse on him on the inside, but that only opens up more space for our outside shooters to take advantage of.

“The win was a tremendous team effort, but there will be no let-up during our two-week break. If anything, we will work harder than if we had a game.

“Players are now playing in their correct positions, so we can’t let the way we’re performing slip.”

Wolves return to action when they again host Bristol Flyers at the University of Worcester Arena on Friday, December 16 (7.30pm).

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