WORCESTER Wolves take on reigning champions Leicester Riders at the University of Worcester Arena on Friday (7.30pm).

After their first back-to-back wins of the season bottom-of-the-table Wolves look to put a run together ahead of the British Basketball League play-offs.

Their last meeting with Riders in January saw hosts Leicester, who now sit second, take a 94-86 win in the final minute despite strong displays from Worcester’s Robert Crawford and Lester Prosper.

The weekend double last time out for Wolves ended their 18-game league losing run and coincided with the return from injury of Deshawn Freeman.

Following a weekend without a game interim head coach Tony Garbelotto, who is filling in for Ty Shaw while he recovers from illness, admitted: “We needed more practice time anyway so that has been good.

“We have definitely improved. This week we showed some really good signs and there is more cohesion to what we are trying to do tactically.

“The players are at max level. The effort is incredible.

“The spirit is very high after the two wins, in fact a little bit too confident. I have tried to temper that a bit.

“We have to play the most organised and ruthless team in this league. It is a massive game.

“If we win then everyone can start believing there is a chance of an incredible run towards the end of the season.

“I’m hoping that whatever happens we are going to play a really high level game and give ourselves as big an opportunity to win as possible.

“We have to force them to beat us from outside and take tough shots. We have to control the tempo of the game. I think this group can do it.”