CAPTAIN Alex Owumi says defeat was not an option for Worcester Wolves in their pursuit of silverware in the British Basketball League Trophy.
Holding a narrow 62-60 advantage after the first leg of their semi-final against Sheffield Sharks, Wolves secured their place in the final with an 84-70 second-leg victory at the University Arena.
It is the first time the club, who are also chasing their maiden Championship title and are currently second in the league, have reached a major final since joining the BBL in 2006.
Owumi, now in his second season with Worcester, has been an integral part of Wolves’ rise to prominence and he is determined to succeed against Glasgow Rocks in the Scottish capital later this month.
The Rocks overturned a six-point first-leg deficit to defeat Cheshire Phoenix 98-77 in their semi-final second leg.
The 29-year-old Nigerian-born small forward, who scored 18 points in the second leg, said: “It’s really emotional, this is the first final in the club’s history and it’s a pleasure for me to be part of it.
“I wasn’t prepared to let us lose, we had to win this game against Sheffield and get to a final to win silverware – that’s why I came back and that’s the ultimate goal.
“It’s been a long season and I’m happy but we have to win it, that is our aim.”
He continued: “This is really why I came here in the first place and also why I came back (last summer), I have to bring home the silverware.
“It’s important to the fans, they are behind us and they just want to see us win. It’s important for the club’s history.”
Zaire Taylor top-scored in the second leg success with 30 points, while Will Creekmore chipped in with 16, alongside 11 rebounds from Stefan Djukic.
American centre Creekmore added: “When Zaire, Alex and myself signed on for this, we came here to win championships.
“We’ve all played in big-time environments and games so I don’t think it fazes us too much.
“We won’t be happy with anything less than the trophy but you can only win one game at a time.
“Any time you can beat one of the top three teams twice in a short period of time is good for your confidence.”
Fans wishing to travel to the final can book a package that includes return transport from the University Arena to Glasgow and a match ticket.
They cost £45 for adults and £40 for children and can only be purchased at the arena box office.
The coach will be leaving the University Arena at 6.30am on Sunday, March 30 and arrive in Glasgow at approximately 1.30pm. Return travel departs at 6pm on the same day.
Standalone tickets for the final are available at the box office, from bbl.org.uk or by calling 0116-268-1341 ext 115.