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More of the Same says James

Worcester Wolves Weekend Preview

Last Updated: Apr 17, 2014 12:25pm
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By Colin Taylor
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Friday 18 April 2014 – Worcester Wolves vs Glasgow Rocks

'More of the same' is the message from Worcester Wolves coach Paul James as his team aim to close the regular season on a winning note and enter the Play-offs in good form.

It's been a season of progression for Wolves, who, as well as challenging for the BBL Championship, secured their first piece of silverware, the BBL Trophy.

Wolves host the team they beat to win the Trophy, Glasgow Rocks, on Friday at the University of Worcester Arena, (tip off 7.30pm), and James wants his side to continue in the same vein to set them up for success in the post-season.

"I think that we are pretty much where I would like us to be," said James.

"We've played good basketball throughout the season and when we haven't we have found ways to win. I just want the team to continue playing with the determination and confidence that we have shown this season."

Undoubtedly the highlight of Wolves' season so far, the Trophy Final was a huge disappointment for the Rocks, particularly as they were playing at home.

But James doesn't feel that will affect Friday's game, adding: "I think them needing to secure a place in the end of season Play-offs is all the motivation Glasgow will need.

"They pushed us all the way in the Trophy Final so I'm sure that they will believe that if they can do certain things better it will give them a good chance.

"For us it's our last home game of the regular season and so we will be desperate to end the season on a winning note."

Meanwhile Rocks coach Sterling Davis remarked: "I would like to think this [the BBL Trophy Final] will be motivation for our guys. We knew we let one slip that was within grasp in our biggest game of this season so hopefully we can go in with a revenge mindset to push through."

Wolves forward Jamal Williams, who shrugged off an ankle injury from last week to play a few minutes in Wednesday’s trip to Sheffield, commented: "I believe that [the BBL Trophy Final] could serve as a strong motivator for them but we can't focus on anything like that, we just need to focus on all the things that we can control.

"Sterling is a great coach and he has them playing with the same intensity night-in and night-out so we expect nothing but Glasgow's best on Friday night."

Anyone coming along to Good Friday’s match at the University of Worcester Arena will also be entitled to free admission to watch Women’s International Wheelchair Basketball with Great Britain taking on Japan, (tip off 4.30pm). Earlier in the day the University Arena will host Great Britain against Germany at 9am, followed by Japan versus Germany at 1pm.

On Saturday a further three basketball  internationals will take place, with Germany playing Japan at 9.30am and Japan taking on Great Britain at 2.30pm (both games free for spectators), before Great Britain face Germany in the showcase game at 7pm - tickets for that fixture are available from tickets@britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk


Saturday 19 April 2014 – Surrey United vs Worcester Wolves

Worcester Wolves face a tough three-game weekend to finish the regular season but Jamal Williams feels they have the squad to cope.

After games against One Health Sharks Sheffield and Glasgow Rocks, Wolves will close out the regular season with a trip to Surrey United, hoping to claim second spot in the BBL.

Williams feels this presents a real challenge, but believes Wolves possess the necessary depth for such a test.

"This week is a tough one to close out the year but we have to do our best to focus on each game at hand and not look forward to the next or look back on the past ones," said Williams.

"We have a solid rotation of players so we will need everyone to step up and contribute this week to end the season on a high note."

Equally, this young Surrey side will want to close what is a rookie campaign for most of them, on a positive footing to underline the improvements they have made.

Williams added: "They have had their ups and downs but have made strides throughout the year. Every game Surrey plays with pride and all those young players are hungry to improve and prove themselves in this league so we expect a hard fought game from them."

Meanwhile United guard Elvisi Dusha, commented: "Being able to go up against a player like Zaire Taylor is like a progress test, from playing him at the beginning of the season and now going up against him again will be like knowing where I'm at, at the end of the season.

"No doubt he's going to come out strong and try to do what he does best. However, they are really well coached so it's not just him we have to look out for; the Williams brothers and Will Creekmore are a problem." 

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