WORCESTER Wolves concluded their 2018-19 season with an 100-83 defeat at Cheshire Phoenix on Sunday.

Last week saw Phoenix cause an upset at British Basketball League champions London Lions and that momentum carried them into a comfortable 45-30 half-time lead over Worcester.

Although it was a more closely-fought second-half, Wolves were never able to do enough to threaten a victory.

Darell Combs stood out in the early stages as a swift six points were followed by him spying his fellow guard Miki Servera standing alone under the hoop for a simple lay-up.

Robert Crawford rose highest to tip in a Deshawn Freeman miss as the second quarter began, restricting Cheshire’s lead to just 21-19.

Having already misfired on seven three-point attempts the total of unsuccessful long-distance shots by the visitors had doubled by the interval.

Freeman finally got one to fall soon after the break, but ex-Worcester forward Disraeli Lufadeju did likewise at the end of the third quarter to maintain a 72-56 Cheshire cushion.

Jordan Whelan had a busy final period and Lester Prosper engaged in an entertaining big-man battle with seven-foot CJ Gettys as Phoenix did just enough to keep Wolves at bay.

Combs and Whelan joint top-scored with 16 points, closely supported by 15 from Prosper.

A last-day victory for Surrey Scorchers levelled their win-loss record with Worcester at the foot of the table.

But having triumphed in two of the three games between the teams means that it is Surrey who finish bottom.