The two displays that stood out this season

First published in Paul James Worcester News: PAUL JAMES. by

THERE have been some fine performances from Worcester Wolves in the British Basketball League this season but two stand out for me in particular.

People might think it sounds crazy but the match in which we played really well, with tough defence, was our 102-100 defeat to Newcastle Eagles at home in February when Sherrad Prezzie-Blue top-scored with 27 points. It was a tremendous exhibition of basketball from both teams who worked so hard during the match.

Even though we lost, we played extremely well and, with a bit more time, would have won.

The other highlight so far was a week later when we played Plymouth Raiders at home for the second time around and won the head-to-head. We dismantled them at both ends of the court to triumph 100-80, including 40 points from Tommy Freeman.

We have still got to play those teams again before the end of the regular season, starting at Newcastle on Friday night, so they will be out for revenge.

But you want to be involved in those games to see how far you have come as a team in comparison.

It will be a tough Easter weekend as we also host Guildford Heat on Saturday evening.

Following last night’s match at Leicester Riders, there are just four fixtures left before the play-offs.

The mentality is just to play as well as we can in every game because, whether we finish first, second, third or fourth, all the play-off fixtures will be hard.

We were just delighted to play two tremendous games last weekend to seal the top four place.

Against Sheffield Sharks, we had a bit of a nervy start and didn’t play well but made some adjustments at half-time and did fantastically in the second-half to win 95-80.

Against Cheshire Jets last Sunday, we showed our fitness levels with a commanding performance when everybody contributed to the 94-65 victory.

We are playing really well at the right stage of the season, have got the momentum and will keep striving to be better every game.

When it comes to the play-offs, over the weekend of April 28 and 29, the highest-placed team should choose whether they want to play their quarter-final first leg at home or away.

However, there are scheduling issues and it depends on who we face as to where we play and when. Not all teams have their own facility so it comes down to availability.

If we were to face Glasgow Rocks, for example, they would have to play at home on the Sunday which would mean us being at the University of Worcester on the Saturday.

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