This is a new chance for us to win trophy

First published in Paul James

THE British Basketball League play-offs begin for Worcester Wolves this weekend and it’s a new opportunity to win a trophy.

It’s a new competition — a three-week mini-season — and a fresh start for every team regardless of whether they finished first or eighth in the table.

It’s the second time Wolves have reached the play-offs — the first being in 2008 — but we have not played in the two-leg format before.

We host Cheshire Jets at the University of Worcester tonight before making the return journey tomorrow evening.

Although it is a play-off, we have tried not to focus too much on that because I don’t want the players to be anxious and uptight.

All three times we have played the Jets, we have had to work extremely hard.

They are a strong side who have been playing really well and will be coming into the game with confidence looking to salvage something from their season.

But we have two chances to win our way through to the semi-finals and want to play as well as we know we can. I feel we have a great chance.

It will be nice to play at home first because we have a great opportunity to stamp our authority on the game.

Hopefully, we can jump on them early and build a big lead.

Last weekend saw the end of the regular season and I was happy to finish second or third in the league.

The main thing was avoiding the possibility of playing Newcastle Eagles in the semi-finals by finishing fourth.

We were only third by virtue of count-back and finished with the same number of wins and losses as Leicester Riders.

It has been a fantastic season and that still applies whatever happens now.

We have achieved more than we thought and are heading in the right direction.

What has caught my eye is the way we have come together as a team.

Our main players have scored and got rebounds but the supporting cast have also come in and done a job.

I am really proud of how everybody has contributed and not been jealous of certain players’ accolades because they understand it is about the team.

I have been delighted with the way they have bought into the ethos and that’s why we have done so well.

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