Worcester Wolves did just enough to edge past Charnwood Riders 69-60 in front of a bumper crowd at the University of Worcester Arena on Friday evening.

One of the largest crowds in a number of seasons witnessed the National Basketball League Division Two clash between the play-off chasing Wolves and their out-of-form visitors.

Third-placed Wolves might have been expected to make easier work of an opponent holding a record of only one win from eight outings, but instead found it difficult to produce prolonged spells of control.

Lucas McGregor and Ian Vivero-Rodriguez shared top-scoring honours with 15 points apiece. Humberto Ferreira and Wilfrid Santhe notched a dozen and ten points respectively.

“This game is about being disciplined for the full forty minutes and unfortunately we can sometimes lack the discipline to seal the deal,” said Wolves coach Dean Blake.

“I’m pleased to get the win but we can’t afford to take any team for granted, regardless of their position in the league.”

Wolves will not turn out again at the University of Worcester Arena until 4 February next year. Before then they set out on an extended road trip, beginning with a visit to Lancashire on Sunday 11 December (3pm) to meet Myerscough Academy.