Wolves target Trophy success

WORCESTER Wolves turn their attention to another piece of silverware this weekend when they begin their quest for success in the British Basketball League Trophy.

The University Arena side are currently top of the BBL Championship table with 16 victories from 19 matches, including their last eight in a row.

But tomorrow they head to London Lions (4.30pm) for a last 16 clash bidding to keep themselves in the battle for success on two fronts.

Director of basketball Paul James, whose side were beaten in the BBL Cup by Leicester Riders in November, said: "I don't think we've ever had any luck with the draw in cup competitions. In the Cup we were drawn away to Leicester which was a tough game and now we're away at London which is also tough.

"Whoever gets through that has got to go away to Newcastle so if we're going to get that piece of silverware we're going to have to do it the hard way."

Although Wolves are enjoying their best ever season, they have never reached a final in either of the league's two cup competitions.

That is something they are looking to put right and James is happy to have another tournament to focus on.

"It's a relief to get away from BBL action for a week while all the other teams are playing each other," he said.

"The guys are not going to need motivating for this competition, it's one we want to try and get to the final in. We'll be up for it and it won't be any distraction at all."

Worcester have beaten the Lions in both their Championship meetings this season, following up a narrow 63-62 win at the Olympic Park's Copper Box in October with a 93-64 triumph before Christmas.

But despite having the head-to-head record sealed with one more league fixture to go between the sides in April, James is not taking the Londoners lightly.

He said: "London are a bit of an erratic team at the moment, one minute they're beating Newcastle and then they're losing to Durham. Who knows what to expect with them.

"Our focus is on what we do and hopefully we can come through that very tricky tie."

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