Wolves MVP Taylor chasing more success

WINNER: Zaire Taylor (left) receives his most valuable player award from Worcester Wolves head coach Paul James.

WINNER: Zaire Taylor (left) receives his most valuable player award from Worcester Wolves head coach Paul James.

First published in Sport

NEWLY-crowned most valuable player Zaire Taylor is targeting more success with Worcester Wolves by winning the British Basketball League play-offs.

Taylor scooped the club's top award, voted for by fans, on Wednesday night at the University Arena.

He is now looking to repay that loyal support by adding to Wolves' BBL Trophy triumph in the end -of-season showpiece.

Wolves take on London Lions in the quarter-finals with the first leg at the Olympic Park's Copper Box tonight (7.30pm) followed by the return at the arena on Sunday (3pm).

They are aiming to reach the semi-finals for the first time having lost at this stage for the past two years.

Taylor said: "I think we can win it. I always think I can win. We have the capabilities, coaching and, importantly, we have the fans' support.

"Teams that have a lot of support, especially the ones that are willing to travel with them, are the ones that always seem to be good teams.

"If you look at Newcastle, the support they get and their history of winning, and even Leicester last year.

"This year, Worcester have started to become one of those teams."

Crown favourite Taylor, who also won the most exciting player award, continued: "I feel like we haven't been playing our best basketball and I feel we have got a team that is as better or as good as any other.

"London are tough team and are coming off some losses and I think teams like that are the dangerous ones because they're fired up.

"I have been on teams where we've won and kept winning and you almost forget the pain of losing and how much it hurts.

"I hope we can take care of business today. In all of our aggregate games, I want to take care of it in the first game."

While pleased to have won Wolves' top award, Taylor believes team-mate Will Creekmore, who was named best defensive player, should have claimed the top gong.

He said: "It's make me feel appreciated considering that the fans chose it and that's their opinion but at the same time I thought Will should have got it.

"I am the main believer that he's the MVP of the league and I think he's proven that.

"When you play a season like he has, I would have expected him to get MVP of the team but at the same time I do appreciate getting the award.

"I haven't got any kind of MVP since I've been in the BBL so it's nice and feels good to be appreciated."

Worcester Wolves awards

Second XI. MVP: Harrison Turner; most improved: James Grinham; players' player: Alex Anderson.

Under 18s, MVP: Kieran Henry-Fellow; most improved: Mike Egan; players' player: Curtis Pearson; long service: Curtis Pearson.

Under 16s, MVP: Scott Thomas; most improved: Tyler Wright and Charles Stewart; players' player: Daniel Cox.

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