HEAD coach Ty Shaw says it feels like an “eternity” since Worcester Wolves played after a three-week break from competitive action.

But Shaw believes Wolves have used the time to their advantage as they welcome Cheshire Phoenix to the University of Worcester Arena tonight (7.30pm).

Wolves currently prop up the British Basketball League table after a run of 10 straight losses with their last defeat coming at Bristol Flyers in late November.

“Three weeks feels like an eternity especially for athletes,” Shaw said.

“There are pros and cons to it.

“There is always that little bit of rust when you have had that much of a lay-off in the middle of the season.

“But it is what it is and we have used it as a positive.

“We are absolutely ready to jump back out there.”

Miki Servera who has featured since early November due to a hamstring problem is set to return while new recruit Lester Prosper is expected to make his debut against Phoenix.

“This break has allowed some bodies to get healthy,” Shaw continued.

“Miki had a little hamstring issue but he is now back and good to go.

“Due to injuries and other situations that had arisen we had guys playing some heavy minutes so it was good to have a little recovery and then spend a few more weeks on the court, working on things and getting guys acclimated.”

Wolves lost 91-83 at Cheshire in September but Shaw has added Darell Combs, Deshawn Freeman and Prosper to his roster since that defeat.

Eighth-placed Phoenix have also made changes with CJ Gettys and Jalen Hayes joining the club last week.

“We will have somewhat of an idea of what’s coming because it’s not like they have changed their whole team,” Shaw said.

“But having brought in two guys that are going to be expected to play a big role within their team I think that changes the shape quite a bit so there is going to be a little bit of an unknown.”

Shaw added: “We are super excited that the first game back is at the arena.

“It’s always nice after a lay-off to be in your home ground.

“If we are going to have a three-week break we probably could not ask for a better situation to have a game at home right before Christmas. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone out there.”