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Glasgow Rocks 77-92 Worcester Wolves

Sunday 10 November 2013

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2013 02:31pm
St. Clement, Worcester
By Colin Taylor
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Worcester Wolves showed the character of title contenders when ending their recent run of defeats by coming up with a resounding 92-77 victory at Glasgow Rocks on Sunday.

Before the game, Wolves’ coach Paul James revealed that he had called in his players for extra training on Saturday morning, following the depressing defeat at Sheffield Sharks the night before.

For the umpteenth time this season, Worcester centre Will Creekmore registered a double-double of statistics, with 21 points and 14 rebounds, but, in response to James’ disappointment at what he saw as a lack of teamwork versus the Sharks, this was a night where there were also solid contributions from other squad members. Andreas Schreiber put forward his best performance yet in a Wolves vest, tallying 21 points and a handful of rebounds, while there were also healthy offerings from Kalil Irving and Stefan Djukic.

The match had been tight until the last five minutes of the evening. Until this point Wolves had the upper hand in inside scoring, while Rocks had been deadly from three-point range. However, four missed threes inside a single minute left the home side deflated and unable to move the scoreboard, while their visitors continued to plough forward.

Wolves’ big-man pairing of Schreiber and Creekmore laid down an early marker by nailing all thirteen of their team’s initial points. Irving, in his first game back from injury, chipped in with four points to see Worcester to a 20-18 lead with two minutes left in the opening quarter.

Rocks also gave plenty of notice of their strongpoints when their Scottish-born duo of Gareth Murray and Jonny Bunyan floated home a trio of three-pointers to move Glasgow in front at 24-29 entering the second period.

For most of the remainder of the first-half neither side could move clear. Rocks’ guard Chez Marks hit a purple patch of scoring with five consecutive baskets as the interval neared, but, after he finally missed a shot, Creekmore then took over as the man with the hot hand, closing with five points to put Worcester ahead at 46-40.

The closeness of the contest continued in the third quarter. Wolves’ point guard Zaire Taylor took his first score of the game to move the score out to 52-45, but Marks then capped off a 7-0 run for the home side to level matters at 52-52. Murray hit a triple and then dropped a shot on the buzzer to give Rocks a slender 62-63 advantage to take into the final period.

A double of turnovers from Bunyan and his player-coach Sterling Davis were eagerly pounced upon by their opponents, pushing Wolves back in charge at 68-65, and Davis calling for a time-out with seven minutes to go.

Whatever was said during the break in play did little to help the hosts as they attempted to hurriedly remedy the deficit by reverting to wild long-range shooting. Four successive misses left the Rocks dispirited and the Wolves inspired.

It was 80-72 when Alex Owumi sank what would be only his team’s second three-pointer of the match. Desperate Rocks’ fouls to slow the clock had little effect, with Taylor converting six of six free throws and Worcester celebrating their return to form.

Paul James was pleased to see his side back on track, saying: “This was a win that we badly needed. We didn’t have many turnovers and we had 18 assists, showing that this was a real team performance. By the end, we had chased them off the three-point line. When we had the ball we didn’t panic and we made extra passes. When we share the ball around we are a very good team.”

Wolves will next week face a contrast of opponents. On Friday winless Surrey United will visit the University of Worcester (tip off 7.30pm), while the next day the Wolves will travel to their Midlands rivals, the high-flying Leicester Riders. James gave his thoughts on the double of games, commenting: “We will be respectful to Surrey, and look to come through that game ready for what is sure to be a tough test at Leicester.” 

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Standings as at Sunday 10-November-13

 

 

 

 

 

Played

Win

Loss

Points

1.     One Health Sharks Sheffield

8

7

1

14

1.     Leicester Riders

8

7

1

14

3.     Worcester Wolves

9

7

2

14

4.     Esh Group Eagles Newcastle

8

6

2

12

4.     London Lions

8

6

2

12

6.     Plymouth University Raiders

9

5

4

10

7.     Durham Wildcats

7

3

4

6

8.     Glasgow Rocks

7

2

5

4

8.     Manchester Giants

7

2

5

4

10.   Cheshire Phoenix

9

2

7

4

11.   Birmingham Knights

7

0

7

0

11.   Surrey United

7

0

7

0

 

 

 

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