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Wolves aim to increase pressure on top four
3:00pm Saturday 12th January 2013 in Worcester Wolves By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
WORCESTER Wolves have targeted a string of victories from their next batch of fixtures as they bid to keep the pressure up on the British Basketball League top four.
Following their 89-82 defeat to joint leaders Leicester Riders last weekend, Wolves are fifth in the standings and four points adrift of Plymouth Raiders having played a game more.
However, four of their next five matches are against sides currently lower than them in the table and director of basketball Paul James wants his team to take advantage.
They host London Lions at the University next Friday (7.30pm) before travelling to Durham Wildcats two days later.
After a meeting with third-placed Surrey Heat at the end of the month, they then face games against struggling Manchester Giants and Mersey Tigers.
James said: “A lot of the teams we are playing now are beneath us in the table so we are going to prepare really well for them and we feel we can go on a good run of wins.
“Training this week will be pretty light with more fitness work. The players need to put the Leicester game out of their heads and make sure they’re ready for the games coming up.”
Wolves will also be looking to extend their impressive home record when the Lions visit the University of Worcester next week.
Worcester, who lost 94-76 when the sides met at Crystal Palace in November, have registered eight successive victories on their own court.
James added: “London Lions are a tough team, we went down there, played them on TV and didn’t do a great job but that was without Sherrad Prezzie-Blue and Kai Williams.
“We’re a tough team to play at home so hopefully that’s going to be the start of some good things to come.”
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