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Birmingham Knights 60 Worcester Wolves 117
5:19pm Sunday 23rd February 2014 in Sport
LEADERS Worcester Wolves strengthened their position at the top of the British Basketball League with a 117-60 victory at bottom-of-the-table Birmingham Knights.
For long periods, coach Paul James was able to give a run out to the normally lesser-used members of his squad and they responded, with Stefan Djukic rampaging to a career-high 30 points.
Behind Djukic, Will Creekmore tallied 17 points and ten rebounds, while Alex Owumi nabbed 13 points and grabbed 12 boards.
Martyn Gayle and Brent Benson were Birmingham’s only double-digit scorers, with 17 and 14 points respectively.
James, whose side have now won 12 games in a row in the league, said: “I was pleased that I was able to give everyone plenty of minutes, and no one disappointed me.
"Individually, Stefan Djukic was superb with 30 points and that’s fantastic for him.”
The tone was set early as Birmingham fumbled successive possessions while allowing their visitors to race to an 11-0 lead.
Michael Gayle helped reduce Birmingham's deficit to 15-7 but that was the closest they got to their opponents.
Owumi sank the last basket of the initial quarter to extend his team's lead to 29-11.
Reserve guard Caylin Raftopoulos thrilled a large band of travelling Worcester supporters by floating home consecutive triples to move matters to 47-18.
The last play before half-time typified Wolves’ dominance as Creekmore and Djukic teased Birmingham defenders until the latter mercifully ended the torment by jamming the ball into the basket.
It was Creekmore and Djukic who largely continued the heavy artillery after the break.
Knights' star man Benson took 25 minutes to open his account, by which point his team were trailing 71-28.
Entering the final ten minutes, a powering 86-38 lead was added to by Calvin Morant-Hudson and Daniel Belgrave, who sank a trio of three-pointers.