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Wolves set sights on avenging Lions’ mauling
9:40am Friday 18th January 2013 in Worcester Wolves By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
WORCESTER Wolves are out to set the record straight against London Lions in tonight’s British Basketball League clash.
Wolves were beaten 94-76 when the sides met at Crystal Palace in November and are determined to make amends at the University of Worcester (7.30pm).
It is a key game for both teams with Wolves still chasing a second straight top-four finish and go into the contest in sixth place with nine wins from their 17 games.
Lions, meanwhile, are looking to end a seven-game losing streak which has seen them drop down to ninth in the standings.
Worcester director of basketball Paul James, whose side have had a week off since losing 89-82 at Leicester Riders, said: “We played pretty well against them for about 20 minutes when we last met, but then made a catalogue of errors that cost us the game.
“We are looking forward to playing London Lions and trying to put the record straight against them.
“The week has been good. We have had a chance to rest some niggles, but are now looking forward to the second half of the season and a consistent run of games.”
He continued: “The Lions play hard and you can never rule them out. They have had some injury problems of late, but have still found ways of being competitive.
“They have a bunch of talent — Mike Martin, Tayo Ogedegebe and Adrien Sturt can all have big games.”
Lions coach Vince Macaulay was pleased with his side’s showing when they last played Wolves.
But he admits his team may have to adopt a difference approach this time around to be successful.
He said: “With our injuries and absences, we won’t be able to play like we did last time so will need to move to another plan.”
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