Williams back to boost Worcester Wolves’ title push

Worcester News: BROTHERS IN ARMS: Jamal Williams (right), pictured battling then opponent brother Kai, looks set to return for Worcester Wolves tomorrow. Picture: KEITH HUNT BROTHERS IN ARMS: Jamal Williams (right), pictured battling then opponent brother Kai, looks set to return for Worcester Wolves tomorrow. Picture: KEITH HUNT

JAMAL Williams is set to further boost Worcester Wolves’ British Basketball League title hopes by returning to the fold against Durham Wildcats at the University Arena tomorrow (7.30pm).

The forward, a summer signing whose brother Kai also plays for the team, has been out of action with a leg injury since November.

He had hoped to be involved in last Sunday’s 95-80 victory at Manchester Giants, when he was on the bench, but was given further time to rest to ensure he is 100 per cent ready.

Although Wolves have won their last six matches, a fit-again Williams would give director of basketball Paul James even more options for his table-topping side.

The Wolves coach said: “Jamal has been out for six or seven weeks now and he’s desperate to play.

“His rehab’s gone very well and he wanted to play against Manchester but I made the decision not to play him.

“He’s very close to being back and will be for the Cheshire game (on January 24) if not the Durham match.

“We’re going to take the advice of our sports therapist and see what he says.”

James added: “We will have everybody fit which then poses a problem because right now everybody is playing really well.

“Jamal was a starter in the team so he’s got to work his way back into that line-up, so there’s going to be competition for spots now, which is a fantastic situation for me to be in.

“It’s tough because you want to keep everyone happy with the court-time they get but the main thing is that we continue to win so whatever I have to do to get those wins is going to happen.”

Victory against the Durham would be Wolves’ seventh in a row, which included a 100-86 success in the nort-east last month, and eighth in front of their home crowd this season.

The Wildcats won 79-69 at Surrey United last Sunday, having previously lost four matches in a row.

But James said: “We can’t take them lightly because they’ve beaten Glasgow and London, who just a few weeks ago were right up there challenging for the championship.

“On their day they can beat teams so it really is about us not beating ourselves, having the right frame of mind and treating them with the respect they deserve.”

n Worcester Wolves’ trip to London Lions in the BBL Trophy, originally scheduled for next Thursday, has been moved to Sunday, February 2.

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