Owumi praise for Wolves record on road

First published in Sport

CAPTAIN Alex Owumi believes Worcester Wolves' formidable away record will stand them in good stead for their date with destiny in tomorrow's British Basketball League Trophy final.

Paul James' team have won 11 of their 13 Championship matches away from the University Arena, as well as winning at London Lions, Newcastle Eagles and Sheffield Sharks en route to the final against Glasgow Rocks.

One of those successes was a 92-77 victory against the Rocks at the Commonwealth Arena, the venue for the silverware showdown.

Owumi feels such statistics should give Wolves every reason to be confident ahead of the hotly-anticipated encounter.

He said: "We're a great road team, our road record is better than our home record. We've been here before as far as away games as concerned, we've just got to keep our composure.

"It's going to take a lot of heart, a lot of discipline and we have to pay a lot of attention to detail. We're going to their home court, we're the favourites but we have to pay attention to things like the crowd and noise level.

"If they make an 8-2 run and close the gap, we have to play with composure."

Small forward Owumi added: "This is the main reason I came back, for times like this.

"It's an honour for me to be the captain of the first Wolves team to make the final and hopefully win some silverware for this club, with more to come in the future."

The 29-year-old is also relishing the prospect of playing in front of potentially one of the largest crowds ever witnessed in the BBL.

"I've played in front of large crowds many times in my career and it's great," he said. "I'm wondering how it's going to affect the other guys but I think they should be fine.

"It's great for the BBL to have that type of crowd, this will probably be the biggest Trophy game they've ever had because the home team is playing in their home arena.

"It's great for the BBL, for our club and their club also."

Team-mate Will Creekmore is equally fired up to face the Rocks.

He said: "It feels great to be in the Trophy final, but the job isn't done. We didn't start the season with hopes of finishing in second place, we want to win championships.

"We expect a hard-fought game but we are confident that if we play our game, we will bring Worcester back a trophy. We are looking forward to the challenge."

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