21st Jan, 2019

Wolves still howling after Plymouth win lifts club to joint third

Aaron Wise 10th Apr, 2017 Updated: 10th Apr, 2017

WOLVES head coach Paul James admitted he has ran out of words to describe how well his side are performing after they beat Plymouth Raiders 93-87 at the Plymouth Pavilions on Sunday.

Having slipped to ninth (out the play-off places) in the British Basketball League standings in mid January, Wolves have went on to record 13 wins out of 14 to climb to joint third, with just three games remaining in the regular season.

With Maurice Walker and Andrew Bachman still not fully fit, the visitors’ injury woes were increased when Ashton Khan was also ruled out of the trip to Devon with a sore ankle, leaving James with just six players available.

But there was little disruption to the ruthless efficiency Worcester are now demonstrating as they surged to their eleventh consecutive win.

“We have an array of weapons right now. Any player can step up on any night,” said James.

“I’m running out of words to describe just how well we’re performing. Yes, we don’t want to have any players missing, but there is such an unbelievable spirit at the club right now and I have no doubt other players will step right up.

“Even when Raiders came back at us in the last quarter, I still never felt we would lose. We were solid defensively, had multiple weapons offensively and were always capable of making runs when we needed to,” he added.

Jermel Kennedy, who was entering the match as March’s BBL player-of-the-month, sank a three-pointer to get proceedings underway for Wolves.

Six first-quarter points from Plymouth’s captain Daryl Corletto kept the Devon side in contention and by midway through the second period the game was all-square at 34-34, after Wolves were held scoreless for almost four minutes.

But Worcester were soon back to their free-scoring best as they outscored their hosts to end the first half with a 51-42 advantage.

Marek Klassen floated home a triple and Trevor Setty swatted away a Raiders’ effort as the second half commenced.

Trey Zeigler then widened his side’s lead to 71-61, before the hosts again battled back to keep the game evenly poised entering the final period.

But Setty’s quick-fire double of three-pointers and Zeigler’s powerful drive to the hoop sealed the victory for Wolves.

Setty led the Worcester scorers with 23 points, followed by Zeigler with 18 points and Danny Huffor with 17 points.

Wolves host London Lions at the University of Worcester Arena on Friday (tip off 7.30pm).

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