WORCESTER Wolves director of basketball Paul James is planning to raise the bar still further next season, despite seeing his side crash out of the BBL play-offs at the quarter-final stage.

The University of Worcester-based outfit lost by 10 points on aggregate over two legs to Cheshire Jets to end their interest in this season’s competition.

However, boss James is optimistic he can keep the majority of his squad together and has challenged them to improve further on this season’s impressive campaign.

He said: “We were disappointed for about five minutes after losing the second game of our play-off clash with Cheshire but, in the cold light of day, they were the better team over the course of the two matches and that’s all that matters in the play-offs.

“I said to the players that we have had a fantastic season and that we have represented Worcester in the right light.

“That really bodes well for next season and I now need to try and recruit the players I need to come back for next season so we can raise the bar again.

“I really hope to be able to keep the team together — there are areas where we need to strengthen and I will be looking very hard at that.

“Hopefully, the guys will want to come back next season and finish what they have started — we should be able to add to what we’ve done this year and the main guys should want to return.

“That said, I’m sure agents will have a part to play in deciding which players come back, but if we have to get other guys in, I will not be fazed by that.”