WORCESTER Wolves suffered a first BBL Championship defeat of the season in their second match on consecutive days.

Matt Newby's side fell 81-66 at Bristol Flyers after winning their league opener at home to Surrey Scorchers earlier this month.

With Jordan Williams injured and Julius van Sauers picking up a knock the previous night, Wolves were left short-handed in the front court.

The first quarter saw Flyers find their way to the basket quickly but Wolves hit back to trail 24-23 with the highlight being a fast break transition dunk from guard Cortez Edwards.

The second quarter saw both teams exchange baskets with Amir Williams again in the thick of things on the boards and putting in a trademark dunk.

Raheem May-Thompson and Kofi Josephs kept a steady points tally going with good distribution from Edwards and Mark Hughes.

Worcester went into the third quarter trailing 45-43 and continued to compete against a physical side.

Both teams had droughts on scoring and the final second saw Hughes supply Amir Williams from the baseline for a tip-in basket to put Wolves just 56-55 behind.

But fatigue began to affect Wolves with limited rotations through injury and fouls as Flyers pulled away for their first league win of the term.

Josephs led the way with 21 points while Amir Williams took 15 rebounds.

Head coach Newby said: “In the first half we showed a great deal of resilience. After a tough start we found rhythm.

"Walking into the dressing room we were not totally satisfied but identified the positives and tried to look at what adjustments we could make.

"Bristol made the strongest adjustment. The physicality and intensity of the game really ramped up and with a shorter rotation we were unable to absorb it.

"Potentially fatigue was a factor following the hard-fought battle with Riders on Friday.

"However, Bristol had an equally demanding game with London City Royals away.

"It’s a tough one to take as the game has a derby flavour to it. But Bristol did a good job in negating what we do well.

"We now have to focus on a very busy period.”