Wolves coach James wins monthly award

Worcester News: Wolves coach James wins monthly award Wolves coach James wins monthly award

PAUL James has been named British Basketball League coach of the month for the second time this season.

The 49-year-old scooped the February award after guiding table-toppers Worcester Wolves to six wins from seven games.

As well as keeping Wolves on course for their maiden title, James has also masterminded the team's progression to the BBL Trophy semi-finals.

Their only defeat in February came at the hands of Newcastle Eagles at the University Arena last Friday.

Director of basketball James, who also won the award in October, said: "It's a nice accolade to get and it's testament to what the team have done having gone 14 games straight without defeat and not losing for three months.

"They responded well to bounce back from the last time we lost so it's as much for them as well."

He added: "It's nice to win it for a second time but it shows how far the team has come this year, it shows the consistency we have been playing with.

"The awards are nice but I will be even more delighted at the end of the season if we win some silverware."

Wolves started February with three consecutive away wins, beating London Lions 83-72 to advance in the Trophy before seeing off the challenges of Plymouth Raiders 93-63 and Cheshire Phoenix 105-94.

Then came an 89-82 defeat of Glasgow Rocks at the arena, followed by the 86-73 Trophy quarter-final success at Newcastle and 117-60 league thrashing of Birmingham Knights.

James fought off competition for the award from John Lavery (Cheshire Phoenix), Jack Majewski (Surrey United) and Atiba Lyons (One Health Sharks Sheffield), who also tasted defeat just once in the period.

Meanwhile, centre Will Creekmore has been named on the bench for the latest BBL team of the week, although no Worcester player made the starting five.

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