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Consistency remains our biggest challenge
10:00am Saturday 11th February 2012 in Paul James
OUR game against Newcastle Eagles showed just how far Worcester Wolves have progressed as a team this season.
Although we lost 102-100 last Saturday at the Univer-sity of Worcester, both sides played to an extremely high level and it was a fantastic game, whether you were a Wolves fan, Eagles supporter or a neutral.
I don’t think anybody will see a game like that again in the British Basketball Lea-gue this season.
I was chuffed with the performance but disappointed we couldn’t close the game out in the end, so it was a bitter-sweet moment.
I know Newcastle really prepared well for the game because they were disappointed to lose to us on their own court in December.
They prepared harder than for any other team this season so that’s a great tribute from the league leaders to us and what we are doing.
Now I am looking for us to repeat that display, in which Sherrad Prezzie-Blue led the way with 27 points, when we host Plymouth Raiders at the University of Worcester to-night.
If we play as well as we did against the Eagles, I am quite confident we will win the game.
Hopefully, we can get back on that winning track quickly because we don’t want to lose three matches in a row following defeats to Newcas-tle and Sheffield Sharks.
This is where our consistency comes in. As a young team, we have to learn from our mistakes.
We have played tremendous basketball at times this season but also had some dips. The players need to show up in every game and that’s the challenge for ev-eryone.
The last time we played Plymouth was in the BBL Cup in December when they beat us on aggregate over two legs in the semi-final.
We had a stinker at our place, losing 111-83, but to go there and beat them 89-82 the next day showed a lot of character.
I thought we did a tremendous job bouncing back but we know how hard we will have to work tonight.
Plymouth are hot on our heels in the BBL with games in hand but we have got the points in the bag.
At the start of the campaign, we set out to make the play-offs but now have readjusted our goals to finish in the top four – whether that’s first, second, third or fourth, we will be delighted. We are well on track to achieve our goals.