Durham Wildcats 86 Worcester Wolves 100

Worcester News: Ton-up Wolves tame Wildcats Ton-up Wolves tame Wildcats

WORCESTER Wolves hit a century of points for the second British Basketball League game in a row when they defeated Durham Wildcats on their own court.

The 100-86 victory means Wolves maintain a slender two-point cushion ahead of a glut of teams beneath them at the top of the table.

Wildcats were unable to cope with the bustling inside play of Wolves’ centre Will Creekmore, who powered to a game-high 32 points, as well as grabbing 15 rebounds.

Even fouling the Worcester big man did little to slow his onslaught as he successfully converted an impressive 15 from 16 of the resultant free-throws.

In Friday night’s thumping of Manchester Giants, Zaire Taylor sank a wondrous eight three-pointers for Worcester and against Durham it was the turn of his backcourt partner Alex Owumi to have the hot hands, dropping six long-range bombs on his opponents.

After five minutes of the opening quarter Owumi had hit his second triple to edge Wolves ahead at 10-9.

Moments later, Wildcats’ Devin Ginty did the same, for his side to re-take the lead.

In the space of 30 seconds towards the end of the quarter, Durham’s veteran guard Ralph Bucci fumbled on consecutive possessions, leaving Taylor and Owumi to capitalise, pushing the visitors to a 23-18 advantage. University of Worcester student Daniel Belgrave floated home a shot from beyond the arc to begin the second period, sparking an 11-1 Wolves surge.

But seven points from Durham’s Odiba Attah pulled matters back to 37-30 before he picked up his third foul and was forced to spend time on the bench.

As half-time approached, Creekmore became almost a fixture at the free-throw line.

Wildcats’ Norwegian centre Mattia Bradascio was the prime offender, committing three of the five offences that sent his opposite number to the charity stripe and boosted the Wolves’ advantage to 51-37.

Three minutes into the second-half and the lead had widened to 61-42 when Worcester forward Kalil Irving got his name on the scoreboard with a three-pointer.

Paul Elderkin was given his first taste of action for the Wildcats and swiftly tallied six points.

But he could do little to hold back Wolves superiority as they entered the last 10 minutes of the match 79-56 to the good.

Eight more points for Elderkin was the only significant bright spot for the hosts during the final quarter.

The continued dominance of Creekmore on the inside, and Owumi from the outside, helped Wolves to hold the Wildcats at bay and secure an impressive win.


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