WORCESTER Wolves will be hoping to take another step towards back-to-back promotions this weekend when they head to Brighton Bears in the quarter-final of the NBL Division Two Play-Offs on Saturday.

Following a first season in the NBL Division Two North, the Wolves ended the regular season in third place behind league winners City of Birmingham Rockets and St Helens Saints. 

Now they face the Bears in the quarter-finals and on paper, it looks an even contest.

Wolves' final record stood at 15 wins and 7 losses from their 22 matches whereas Brighton finished second in the NBL Division Two South with a winning record of 16 victories and six defeats.

Having dropped out of the British Basketball League back at the end of the 2020/21 season due to financial difficulties, it has been a learning curve for the team and club since then.

But promotion last season and the potential to make it another this time around is a big step in the right direction and Wolves' pair Ian Vivero-Rodriguez and Tom Grayling explained that the chemistry within the squad is helping them succeed.

Worcester News: Ian Vivero-Rodriguez has played a vital part in Worcester Wolves' season.Ian Vivero-Rodriguez has played a vital part in Worcester Wolves' season. (Image: Keith Hunt)

"As a team, we came in with no expectations and we have improved constantly. We have shown we can blow teams out, we have shown we can grind teams out and come from behind," said Grayling 

"But we have improved consistently both in offence and defence, but the defence remains our bread and butter."

Ian Viviero-Rodriguez added: "At the beginning, we were a new team, we didn't know each other

"But as time has gone on the chemistry has improved a lot and the defence especially has seen a big improvement from the start of the year."

"But we would be nowhere without the supporters, who have followed us both home and away this season," added Grayling.

"The Wolfpack have been excellent so hopefully we can keep winning for them."