Williams warns Wolves against straying from plan

Williams warns Wolves against straying from plan

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JAMAL Williams insists Worcester Wolves must stick to their game-plan if they are to lift the British Basketball League Trophy tomorrow.

Just a little over 24 hours remain before Wolves take on Glasgow Rocks at the Commonwealth Arena in the Scottish capital (3.15pm).

It is the chance for the Wolves players to write themselves into the club's folklore by landing their first piece of BBL silverware.

But Williams has warned against his team-mates wanting to steal the limelight over ensuring they get the job done.

The 27-year-old forward, in his first season with the University Arena club, is no stranger to major occasions having won the treble of league, trophy and play-offs with Mersey Tigers in 2011.

He was also part of the Plymouth Raiders team that finished runners-up to Newcastle Eagles in the trophy 12 months later.

That match still rankles with the Canadian and he doesn't want his current employers to repeat the mistakes of the Devon side.

Williams said: "Because of all the hype around the game and it being a final, I think as long as each team sticks to their systems and what they've been doing all year, that's when you're going to do well.

"With Plymouth, we got away from what we were good at and that hurt us in the final. Some guys wanted to be the star of the team.

"I think as long as you stick together as a team and do what you're good at and don't fall too far from what you've been doing all season, you'll be successful."

But having warned against the pitfalls, Williams is determined that Worcester savour the occasion in front of an expected capacity crowd.

The forward, whose brother Kai also plays for Wolves, added: "We're playing Glasgow in Glasgow in front of lots of fans so it's going to be a great atmosphere.

"I've experienced both winning and losing, obviously I prefer winning over losing but it's going to be a lot of fun with the atmosphere and bigger crowds - those are the reasons why we all play basketball.

"It's nice to be put on that stage. It would mean a lot to me getting a win and to the club too."

Meanwhile, Rocks head coach Sterling Davis is looking for his side to make the most of their home advantage.

He said: "I feel playing on our home floor will give us a boost throughout the game as we have some great fans, but the game is played on the court so we have to take care of business there."

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