CAPTAIN Alex Owumi is hoping Worcester Wolves will meet Newcastle Eagles again in the play-offs final at the O2 next month.

Wolves’ 88-81 victory over the British League champions elect at the University Arena on Friday was their fourth consecutive triumph over their north east rivals, which includes last year’s play-off success at Wembley.

There is still the potential for the league’s top two to meet again in the showpiece match in London on Sunday, May 10.

Paul James’ side have dropped to third behind Leicester Riders, who have two games in hand, but Worcester still have to play the East Midlanders twice.

Owumi said: “Newcastle will win the league but we’ve just got to look forward to the play-offs, we’re not worried about what they’re doing and hopefully we can meet them for the championship, that’s our goal.

“It was a great win. It was good to sweep Newcastle, they were coming off their Trophy win - and congratulations to them - but we knew we had a job to do. We match up with them very well because we’re very physical. There’s something about them, we just love playing them.

“They are a powerhouse team and have been since Fab Flournoy took over but we are starting our own powerhouse here also.”

Having completed the clean sweep over Newcastle this season, Owumi admits there is an element of frustration that Wolves have not pushed them harder for the title.

He said: “It is kind of frustrating because we have given away a lot of games to be honest but we’ve just got to look forward and put that in the past.

“Friday’s win will give us great confidence. We had a bad outing at London and we had to look at ourselves in the mirror. Our preparation was great and we pulled it out.”

He added: “The crowd was great, they were our sixth man and we really appreciate them for everything they’ve done.”

The two games against Leicester form part of a four matches in nine days for Wolves, starting at home to Glasgow on Friday (7.30pm).

They visit Leicester next Tuesday before hosting them at the University Arena three days later, Wolves complete their regular season at Durham Wildcats on Sunday, April 19.