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Positives in Surrey defeat as we prepare to face the Giants
Updated 10:49am Thursday 31st January 2013 in Worcester Wolves
ALTHOUGH the overtime British Basketball League defeat against Surrey Heat was really disappointing, there were positives for Worcester Wolves to take from the match.
Carlos Fernandez had his best game of the season and Alex Owumi scored 30 points in the 97-91 defeat at the University of Worcester.
Carlos was thrown in at point guard because Sherrad Prezzie-Blue failed his fitness test on a knee injury so didn’t play.
He scored 18 points and played very well so hopefully he’ll keep showing that kind of form for the rest of the season.
Carlos did a great job and did himself a power of good with his performance. To play like he did will give him a boost because Surrey are a good team.
Hopefully, his confidence will be high going into the next game at Manchester Giants tomorrow (7.30pm).
It also means we will be able to rest Prezzie a little bit more as well now and share those responsibilities at the point guard position.
Alex’s points tally was fantastic for him. He had some free throws that we would have liked him to have made but they just didn’t fall, however, it was another great offensive display from him.
Another positive was the way we fought and I thought we were defensively solid at times.
Unfortunately, it was 30 seconds of lack of concentration that cost us the game in the end.
Having said all that, the players who had good personal performances were still very disappointed by the fact we didn’t win the game.
As the saying goes, we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and that was very much how I felt afterwards.
I was really frustrated at the end of the game. We had three really good opportunities to try and seal a victory, especially in the last 30 seconds, and we didn’t cope with that very well.
It was a shame because I thought we started off really well and although they came back at us, we kept fighting to get ourselves three points up with six seconds left.
For them to throw up a last-gasp effort, known as a ‘Hail Mary’, and for it to go in was very disappointing.
From then on in there was only one team in it because we were so deflated at that point.
The head-to-head record between the sides was on the line as well after losing to them earlier in the season by a point.
I think we had a lot of things to prove and enjoyed home court advantage but, having done all the hard work, we didn’t close the game out as we should have done.
It was a great match for the fans because it went into overtime but, for us as a team, we were very disappointed with the outcome.