Wolves on the brink of history

Worcester News: Wolves on the brink of history Wolves on the brink of history

WORCESTER Wolves stand on the brink of history.

For victory in tomorrow's British Basketball League Trophy semi-final second leg against Sheffield Sharks at the University Arena would propel the club into their first major BBL final.

They hold a two-point lead from last Friday's first leg in south Yorkshire and have the chance to press home that advantage in front of the their own fans.

Should they be successful, it would be another stepping stone along the way to becoming the force in the sport they strive to be.

Wolves are already enjoying their most fruitful season in the elite league, sitting top of the Championship table, but booking a place at the Commonwealth Arena in Glasgow later this month would elevate them to the next level.

Reaching a major final, and subsequently winning silverware, is something Wolves have been chasing since joining the ranks of the BBL in 2006.

It has been the mission of director of basketball Paul James (pictured giving a team talk) since he took on the role in December 2009.

They have come agonisingly close in the past, no more so than losing by just seven points to Leicester Riders at the same stage of this competition 12 months ago.

On that occasion, a last-second basket by the Riders at the university's St John's campus sports hall gave Leicester a nine-point cushion that Worcester ultimately couldn't overturn despite winning the second leg.

Prior to that, semi-final appearances in the BBL Cup in 2012 and 2008 have also ended in disappointment.

But with a lead, albeit slender, and, crucially, home advantage in the second leg, Worcester could not have wished for a better opportunity to break their duck and make their dream a reality.

It would also be a huge feather in the cap for the city as a whole, which has not seen any of its high-profile sports teams reach a major final since Worcester Warriors lost to Bath in the European Challenge Cup in 2008.

The last piece of silverware for the city came in the form of Worcestershire's Pro40 cricket triumph in 2007.

Wolves now have the chance to join that group.

Tomorrow is their day of destiny.

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