Wolves wary of Rocks reaction

Wolves wary of Rocks reaction

Wolves wary of Rocks reaction

First published in Sport

WORCESTER Wolves are preparing for a Glasgow Rocks backlash at the University Arena tonight (7.30pm).

Wolves defeated their Scottish rivals 83-76 to win the BBL Trophy last month on the Rocks' home court.

On top of that, they have won the two Championship meetings between the sides - 92-77 in Glasgow in November and 89-82 at the arena in February.

Tenth-placed Glasgow also need to win to boost their chances of finishing in the top eight and qualifying for the play-offs.

Director of basketball Paul James said: "I'm sure they're going to try to give it everything they've got.

"They're still fighting for a play-off spot as well so they know they've got to come here and win to help secure that. I think it's probably going to be one of our toughest games of the season because it's all or nothing for them.

"We need to guard against complacency, it's our last regular season home game and we want to finish as we started so winning is imperative."

He continued: "There aren't any gimme games and we've got to perform. There's still a sense of pride with the players and every game we want to win regardless of what it is.

"Not only do we want to win, we want to win well - we have that mentality around the team.

"Hopefully, we'll have another unbelievable crowd in and it should be a very good game."

Tonight's match is the first in 24 hours for Wolves as they complete their league season at second-from-bottom Surrey United tomorrow (7pm).

Wolves won 117-60 at Surrey Sports Park on the opening day of the season and 101-79 at the arena in December, a match originally postponed in November due to Surrey getting stuck in traffic.

Surrey have won just four games this season, three against winless Birmingham Knights and one against Manchester Giants.

James said: "I think they have been more competitive this side of Christmas, although Newcastle put them to the sword last week and beat them by 48.

"We don't want to show any complacency, we want to respect every team we play."

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