HEAD coach Paul James has praised the impact of his up and coming Worcester Wolves stars following back-to-back victories.

Wolves thrashed Mersey Tigers 98-48 at the University of Worcester on Saturday before sweeping aside Cheshire Jets 98-59 on their travels less than 24 hours later.

Little-known forward Daniel Belgrave started both matches, having impressed in training, and the 25-year-old responded by sinking 26 points against the Jets.

With Wolves dominanting both games, he was joined by the likes of 19-year-old England small forward Harry Turner and fellow rookies Kalil Irving, a power forward, and point guard Calvin Morant-Hudson.

“They have been thrown in quickly but are coping with it well,” James said. “Daniel has been training really well but I have said to those players that if they are training well they will get their opportunity. He’s grasped it with both hands. Hopefully he can continue to contribute.”

The Wolves director of basketball added: “I was really pleased with the work we did this weekend. Mersey Tigers was always going to be comfortable looking at their results so far because they are going through a rebuilding exercise.

“I expected Cheshire Jets to be much more of a sterner test but we played very well.

“Daniel had a fantastic game for us (against Cheshire) and started to take the shots I have been wanting him to and that makes life easier for everybody else.”

Wolves will be looking to make it three wins in a row when on Saturday when they visit Leicester Riders (7.30pm).