FOLLOWING our defeat at Cheshire Phoenix, it is important Worcester Wolves return to winning ways as soon as possible.

Prior to losing 89-75 on Sunday, we had won eight British League games on the bounce.

Although a few of them were close, they were still games we won and why we are still riding high in the league.

At some point your run is going to come to an end, it’s just disappointing it came to an end at Cheshire.

But none of us are unbeatable, as Newcastle Eagles have proved, while Cheshire had a run of 10 games before losing and Leicester Riders went eight without defeat. That’s basketball.

Now we’ve got to try to go on another run of wins, put the past behind us, look forward and make sure we’re playing our best basketball going into the play-offs.

Looking back at last weekend, it was a case of mixed emotions.

Against Bristol, a team we’ve struggled with all season, I thought we applied ourselves very well at both ends of the court. I was pleased with the effort we gave and the result.

However, Cheshire was always going to be a very difficult game at their place. We competed until about half-time but lost our way in the third quarter and ended up chasing the game, which is disappointing. We didn’t handle their big men and they just overpowered us.

We made some big shots in the first-half but they dried up a bit in the second-half and we struggled to find the basket.

Four of our players — Robert Thurman, Kalil Irving, Disraeli Lufadeju and Caylin Raftopoulos — are also involved in the British Universities and Colleges Sport team.

We have won the competition for the past four years and although we’re probably not as strong as we have been in the past, we have been competitive.

For Wolves, it’s all about finishing as high as we can and getting prepared for the play-offs next month. We’re still in the shake-up and I think we’re in good shape.

In the past couple of years we have had some indifferent results but then gone on to really get it together in the play-offs. Hopefully, we can get to another final this year.

Lots of teams are now following the University of Worcester model so there are a lot of BBL teams who are attached to universities who have players involved.

Newcastle have got a few of their players with Northumbria, Sheffield have a few with Sheffield Hallam and Durham’s BBL team is practically their university team as well.

The competition is really high, it’s a good level and great to be in. We love playing in it.

It’s a good training ground for players on the fringes of BBL teams.