Giants clash showed we can win in different ways

Worcester News: ZAIRE TAYLOR: Recognised by the British Basketball League with their player-of-the-month award. ZAIRE TAYLOR: Recognised by the British Basketball League with their player-of-the-month award.

FINDING different ways to win matches is a sign of a good team and Worcester Wolves have shown that this season.

Sunday’s 95-80 victory at Manchester Giants was a fine example as the game was totally different to the last time we played them.

When we faced them at the University Arena in November it was a high-scoring game, which we won 118-102, but last weekend it was a scrappy match and our defence was better.

I was really pleased with the performance because I don’t think Manchester’s results relate to how good they are.

It was a very nervy game and we never really put them away — we threatened to but they fought back well. We had to focus mentally and their crowd were really into it so it was a tough game.

We had to deal with whatever they threw at us and keep calm and composed. I think we have shown throughout the season so far that we can win in many different ways.

That success has kept us top of the table but we still can’t afford to be complacent at all, we have got some tough games coming up, starting against Durham Wildcats at the arena tomorrow night.

We have to focus on one game at a time and make sure we come up with a plan to win that match to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.

Durham are another team who’ve improved this season and they’ve got some good shooters.

We’ve got to be prepared to play for 24 seconds in every defensive section because they are a very patient team and move the ball well.

We will have to stick to our game- plan and make sure that we’re ready to slow them down offensively.

This Sunday also sees the British Basketball League Cup final between Newcastle Eagles and Leicester Riders at the National Indoor Arena.

I am going to be there doing some commentary for BBL TV and it will be interesting because it’s the first time Leicester and Newcastle have played each other this season, which seems a bit strange three months in.

It’s going to be a great gauge to see where they stand because they’ve still got to play each other three times in the league.

As part of the build-up, I will also be coaching a BBL England select team against Ireland. Wolves’ Kalil Irving will be part of the team, as well as other players not involved in the final.

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