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Wolves aiming to show claws in double-header
12:00pm Saturday 3rd March 2012 in Worcester Wolves By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
WORCESTER Wolves are looking to pick up crucial points in their British Basketball League double-header this weekend.
Paul James’ men host Cheshire Jets tonight (7pm) and head to Guildford Heat tomorrow (3pm) as the jostling for play-off positions continues.
Last Friday’s 90-70 victory at Durham Wildcats strengthened Worcester’s grip on second spot after defeats for third-placed Leicester Riders and Plymouth Raiders, fourth, last weekend.
As well as losing to leaders Newcastle, Plymouth also suffered a shock 95-85 reverse at Guildford, while Leicester went down 89-79 at home to Glasgow Rocks.
James says he is wary of the eighth-placed Jets in the second meeting between the sides in 2012 following their 97-87 success at the University of Worcester in January when Sherrad Prezzie-Blue top-scored with 24 points.
“The Jets are a team with a lot of talent that has not fired consistently this season,” the Wolves coach said. “However, they have shown in recent weeks that they can compete with anyone. Last time we played them we executed our game-plan very well at both ends of the court and hope to do the same this time around.”
Jets coach John Lavery said: “Last time we played them down there, we didn’t play well and we went down by 20 at one point. So we need to make sure we have a good start to the game and play for 40 minutes.” It is also a busy weekend for Guildford as they were due to visit Milton Keynes Lions last night before hosting Wolves.
The match sees James return to his old stomping ground.
He said: “I have fond memories but that’s something I want to replicate at Worcester and we are doing our best to do that.”