21st Sep, 2019

Wolves winless run rolls on after Rocks defeat

Rob George 31st Oct, 2018

WORCESTER Wolves’ winless streak was extended to six games as they slumped to a dispiriting 61-89 BBL reversal at Glasgow Rocks.

Though still in contention at 38-46 entering the second half, an inability to penetrate to the basket coupled with an outpaced defence put paid to Wolves’ chances.

The sides exchanged scores to open the afternoon. Jordan Whelan sold a fake to his defender to sink a three and leave Worcester trailing by just a point at 16-17 as the first quarter wound down.

But this would be as close as it got, with Rocks’ speedy Norwegian guard Bouna Ndiaye driving strongly to the hoop for a quartet of simple lay-ups to widen his team’s lead to 27-20 as the second period began.

Miki Servera twice handed off to Filip Kramer to ignite brief hope for Wolves before Ndiaye once more ploughed an easy path to assert control.

Kramer excited the crowd with a circus score when launching the ball skywards as he lay flat on the floor, leaving Wolves trailing 49-60 towards midway through the third period.

However, Worcester’s side of the scoreboard then remain locked except for a solitary field goal and a trickle of free throws over the next nine minutes.

By the close, the visitors had attempted a greatly-optimistic 26 three-point shots with only four of the attempts hitting their target.

By contrast, Glasgow’s attackers repeatedly danced to the basket without difficulty or confidently stood back to connect from the outside as they rampaged to victory. Just three Worcester men were able to push into double-figure scoring, with Kramer returning from injury to total 13 points, while Darell Combs and Robert Crawford notched 11 apiece.

Wolves now face the challenge of games on consecutive nights this weekend. First up is a visit by Sheffield Sharks to the University of Worcester Arena on Friday (tip-off 7.30pm) before a trip 24 hours later to the London City Royals for a BBL Cup first-round tie.

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