Wonderful season despite not winning the BBL title

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ALTHOUGH it looks like Newcastle Eagles are going to win the British Basketball League, it has still been a wonderful season for Worcester Wolves.

We've got something to show for our efforts with the Trophy and I'm not too disappointed that we're not going to win the league.

It was a difficult season last year because we felt we didn't really have a chance to show what we could do properly with Sherrad Prezzie-Blue coming in late and then getting injured.

We showed glimpses of what we could do but were always behind. This year it was crucial we finished the job and to a certain point I think we've done that.

There were two games that cost us the title and have come back to haunt us - against Plymouth Raiders at the University Arena and away at Newcastle, both in November.

We didn't put Plymouth away when we should and we had Newcastle down by 10 points with four minutes to go and Zaire Taylor fouled out of the game.

They managed to get it back into over-time and then go on to win. It was a massive game for us up there, we'd done our homework and had them beaten.

Even after Zaire picked up his fifth foul, I felt we should still have had enough experience to close the game having had such a lead when he did foul out.

If we could have those last two minutes back it might have been a different. I think those two games were crucial and were our fault.

We have got to learn from that and hopefully if we're in that position again we'll close it out.

Congratulations to Newcastle. By their standards they've had a disappointing season to this point after losing in the Cup final and being knocked out of the Trophy by ourselves.

They have done all the hard work and won the games they needed to in March, beating ourselves, Leicester and Sheffield.

That's put them in pole position and they haven't had the Trophy to worry about either. They are now left with Birmingham and Surrey to play and you can't really see them slipping up there.

However, we still want to finish the season with the best record we possibly can and that means trying to win every game we play.

That we have five games in nine days - starting at London Lions tonight and at home to Leicester Riders tomorrow - isn't going to affect us, I think the players prefer that rather than all the training.

Hopefully, we are hitting our best form going into the play-offs.

I think it's going to be one of the most exciting play-offs we had for many years because anybody can beat anybody on their day. We just need to make sure we're peaking at the right time.

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