Owumi confident of Wolves success

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CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: Worcester Wolves star Alex Owumi is presented with a cake following the play-offs semi-final second leg victory over Sheffield Sharks to mark his 30th birthday.

First published in Sport

CAPTAIN Alex Owumi believes Worcester Wolves have what it takes to triumph in Sunday's British Basketball League play-offs final against Newcastle Eagles.

The sides are going head-to-head at Wembley Arena for the final piece of silverware of the season.

Wolves, who won the BBL Trophy in March, booked their place with a commanding 27-point aggregate victory against Sheffield Sharks, while the Eagles edged past Leicester Riders by a point.

Owumi, who celebrated his 30th birthday on Sunday, the day Worcester defeated Sheffield, said: "We set out to get to Wembley at the beginning of the year and we're going there to win, nothing else. We want to have fun but the key is to win.

"Newcastle are going to come to play and we expect that, they've got great veterans and young guys. But I'm very confident in our team and I think we can pull it off."

He added: "At 30-years-old I’m an older guy on the team. I will be looking to bring all my experience to help others as much as I can in how to win.”

Wolves will be cheered on by an army of fans - three coaches had already been filled yesterday - and Owumi reckons they could tip the balance.

He said: "The Wolves’ fans have been our sixth man all year. If we’re down, the noise they make definitely raises us back up.

"What is happening now is fabulous for all the supporters, many of whom have been with the club since it was formed 14 years ago.”

Team-mate Will Creekmore, who top-scored with 17 points in the second leg against the Sharks, as well as grabbing 13 rebounds, is equally as determined to succeed.

He said: "The goal all year has been to get silverware so we're one step closer and this being the last available silverware makes it even more special. We want to go out on top.

"It's been a good season but we wanted to win all the trophies which we haven't done. We really need this one to feel like it's as a successful season as it could have been.

"It's going to be a great game. I'm sure Newcastle will travel well, they've won the league so it's going to be two heavyweights slugging it out. I can't wait."

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