18th Nov, 2019

Wolves suffer BBL Cup defeat to Scorchers

Aaron Wise 9th Nov, 2016

HEAD coach Paul James admitted his Wolves squad need more manpower following their 94-75 British Basketball League (BBL) Cup defeat to Surrey Scorchers at the University of Worcester Arena on Sunday.

James offered no excuses for the loss after watching his side get dumped out of the tournament’s quarter-final stage and revealed the club will be bringing in reinforcements to try and turn Wolves’ fortunes round, following just three wins from nine matches this season.

“We’re hoping to have something to announce in the next few days regarding reinforcements,” said James.

“We’re certainly in need of more manpower. We have players playing out of position and putting in too many minutes. This has to be addressed.”

Andrew Bachman scored twice in the first three minutes to open a 6-1 lead for the hosts, but Surrey hit back following a trio of Worcester turnovers to edge ahead 25-18 at the end of the first quarter.

Despite several Bachman drives to the hoop, there was little offensive output from Wolves as Scorchers’ guard Quincy Taylor floated up a pass for his compatriot Chaz Rollins to slam home, to further extend the visitors’ lead.

With two minutes remaining in the third quarter, a quick-fire series of steals and assists by Jermel Kennedy closed the gap to 60-53.

But any flicker of revival was extinguished in the final quarter as Scorchers comfortably pulled away for the victory.

Bachman led Wolves’ scorers with 18 points, but only found the hoop once in his five three-point attempts.

James said: “It was all of our own doing. We had plenty of scoring opportunities which we didn’t finish off. This led to easy buckets for Surrey at the other end.”

Wolves return to BBL action this Sunday when they travel to Scotland to play Glasgow Rocks (tip-off 5pm).

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