WORCESTER Wolves managing director Mick Donovan hopes the team can reward fans’ loyalty with a BBL Cup day out to remember after “record-breaking” attendances this season.

Donovan thanked fans for their continued loyalty as the University of Worcester-owned side prepare to face Sheffield Sharks on Friday (7.30pm) for a place in the final at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena.

The average attendance at Wolves' home matches has risen from 871 in the 2014-15 season to 1,380 so far this campaign.

“We are very proud and appreciative of our loyal fans and we have seen record-breaking home attendances compared to previous seasons,” he said.

“The fans have a good understanding of the game and regardless of results and performances they continue to approach each match with a positive mindset and get behind the team. 

“There is certainly a feeling of cup fever in the Worcester Wolves basketball camp this week.

“Everyone at the club would love to see Wolves make the prestigious final in Birmingham and the players in particular will be determined to reward the fans and club volunteers with a semi-final win that would bring a great cup final day out. 

“I am sure that if we were to make the final there would be huge numbers making the short trip from Worcester to our neighbouring city.”

The first leg of the semi-final is at the University of Worcester Arena on Friday and the second will be in Sheffield on Wednesday, December 20.

The winner will face either London Lions or Cheshire Phoenix on January 28.

Donovan acknowledged the team and their supporters have faced disappointment since the double-winning season of 2013-2014 when Wolves claimed both the BBL Trophy and the BBL play-off final despite regularly finishing in the league’s top four. 

“But as the team have undergone personnel changes each season since then our supporters have remained faithful and vocal and have always welcomed new players for each campaign,” said Donovan.

Last season Wolves made two semi-finals in the Trophy and league play-offs but just missed out on a place in the final despite winning the second legs after heavy defeats in the first.

This included a dramatic semi-final play-off against Newcastle Eagles when the team dramatically pulled back a 19-point deficit only to narrowly lose in overtime. 

“Despite having a different team from last year it is vital we do not go as far behind after the first leg and the crowd will play a big part in keeping the players on track on Friday,” said Donovan. 

“Tickets are selling very quickly and we are expecting a full house once again for what should be a dramatic night of basketball.”

Donovan also welcomed the signing of Robert Gilchrist on a temporary contract last week.

“We have a very talented team this year but have been short-handed in the forward position rotation and this was placing huge demands on Dallin Bachynski and Alex Navajas,” he said.

“We could not afford to go through such an important December period with an under-strength team — there is simply too much at stake.

“Robert not only brings much-needed support but is an exciting player who also brings another dimension to our line-up.”