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Team-work is key to sealing top-four place
1:00pm Saturday 3rd March 2012 in Paul James
I DON’T think Worcester Wolves are under any pressure approaching the business end of the season.
There are 10 games left and, if we can win the majority of those, second place in the British Basketball League is certainly within our grasp – that’s where we’d like to finish.
At the start of the year, I looked at what I wanted us to do as a club from where we were last season and the aim was just winning enough games to make the play-offs.
Now we want to finish in the top four but I don’t believe there’s pressure on us because the expectations of the fans and the club were a little lower than what we’ve set ourselves as players and coaching staff.
The great thing is it’s practically a brand new team this season so it’s really quite easy to keep the players focused on the job in hand.
A lot of the players, such as our Americans Richie Gordon, Sherrad Prezzie-Blue and Tommy Freeman, don’t know about the history of Wolves and the fact the club have not been in this situation before.
All they know is we’ve worked hard on and off the court and been able to win games playing as a unit – that’s what we need to continue doing.
We are in a great position to finish second, third or fourth at the end of the regular season so we need to ensure we are playing well running into the play-offs. If we can do that, anything can happen.
Last Saturday we weren’t at our best against Durham Wildcats and didn’t really make things happen in the first half but in the second period we played with a lot more energy and came away with a good 90-70 win.
This weekend is the first double-header for Wolves since the middle of January and I am confident of success.
Tonight we take on Cheshire Jets at the University of Worc-ester (7pm) before tomorrow’s trip south to face my former side Guildford Heat (3pm).
With two games in such a short space of time, the biggest thing is to concentrate on what we do well.
We are going to make sure our defence is as it’s supposed to be and that offensively we execute our plays properly.
I feel, if we can do that, it should be good enough to take care of whatever Guildford or Cheshire throw at us.