Reaching the Trophy semi-final is our goal

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AFTER defeating Glasgow Rocks to stay top of the British Basketball League, we turn our attention to facing Newcastle Eagles in the BBL Trophy quarter-finals.

Friday's match in the north east is the first of two games against them this month, with the Eagles also visiting the University Arena in the Championship next week.

We will be preparing as well as we have done all season and hopefully we can do better than than the last time we played them (lost 86-74).

Wolves are capable of winning something this year. We have done well in the league without getting any reward for it so far but this is a chance to get to a semi-final and then a final so we will be giving that our full focus.

It's a massive game for both teams because it's a chance to get the semi-finals but, while Newcastle are used to reaching the latter stages of competitions, we are still looking to reach our first final.

I think it will be a cracking game and both teams will leave everything out there on the floor. The most important thing is this week's game and the match against them in the league will take care of itself.

We want to focus on Newcastle but then we are back into league action on Saturday at Birmingham Knights, who we have beaten twice this season.

It is a long trip to Newcastle and we won't get back until the early hours of Saturday morning so I don't expect the match to be as comfortable as before but hopefully we will come through the Trophy match unscathed ready to go at Birmingham.

It was strange being back at our old home for last Friday's 89-82 win over Glasgow but it was a good crowd and I am thankful to those who braved the weather to come out and support us. They created a nice atmosphere but it's not the same as playing at the arena.

I thought we came out of the blocks and played very well in the first quarter but perhaps too well because we relaxed and allowed them back into the game.

Glasgow have got some experience in their team and made it more of a physical game but we came good in the end.

We did enough to win the game, with Alex Owumi scoring 24 points, so I am delighted that we managed to put another two points on the board.

Sheffield Sharks and Newcastle both won as well so there's no change at the top but, with us playing Newcastle on Friday week, hopefully there will be some change then in our favour.

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