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Wolves to seal treble glory predicts Djukic
12:30pm Tuesday 24th December 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
STEFAN Djukic believes Worcester Wolves will complete the British Basketball League treble of championship, trophy and play-offs this season.
The Serbian forward’s bold statement comes with the University Arena side sitting top of the table following last Friday’s 93-64 victory over London Lions.
Wolves have never won a piece of BBL silverware but are currently enjoying their best season under director of basketball Paul James.
Although out of the BBL Cup, beaten by Leicester Riders last month, Djukic reckons they have what it takes to do the hat-trick. They begin their trophy campaign against London next month and should be one of eight teams contesting the play-offs at the end of the season.
Djukic said: “We were aiming for all possible titles this season but Leicester got payback for the first game and defeated us in the cup, but I think we will win all the other ones that are remaining — the trophy, play-offs and the regular season.
“I really do believe that, especially now with Kai Williams coming in, he’s exactly what we needed.
“He adds depth to our roster so now, and when his brother Jamal comes back from injury, we will have lots of different sets for every kind of team.
“We all have the same goal and it’s due to Paul James too.
“He was the one who recruited all of us and he made sure we all had what he thought we needed to achieve the title. We haven’t won anything yet but we are on our way to making it.”
Djukic arrived at Worcester in the summer having had two seasons in Portgual and three in his native Serbia but has had to watch on as Will Creekmore and Andreas Schreiber have grabbed the limelight.
The 24-year-old said: “When I first came I thought I would have a bigger role but then we got Andreas and he has already proved himself in this league and Will is the MVP runner-up so I have really tough competition in my position.
“It reduced a bit of my minutes but I’m not sad about it, I’m just happy that we can actually win something and I have my role.”
He is delighted to be part of the squad and relishes playing in front of packed crowds at the arena in Hylton Road.
“The first home game against Leicester was amazing.
“Not even in Serbia do you have many games with that atmosphere,” he said.
“It was really intense and it probably made us play better. All the other games we have had lots of people watching too.
“It’s amazing to play with that kind of atmosphere and in such a good arena.”
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