HEAD coach Paul James insists there will be nowhere for his players to hide when Worcester Wolves visit Newcastle Eagles tomorrow night (7.30pm).

Newcastle are riding high at the top of the British Basketball League after winning their opening four games.

And James fears his Wolves side could be in for a “hammering” if they produce a similar showing in their 84-80 defeat at Surrey Scorchers last weekend.

“There is nowhere to hide at Newcastle so we need all 10 players to show up and give it everything they have got,” James said.

“We certainly can’t have a slow start like we did against Surrey otherwise they will put the game beyond us.

Eagles have finished in the top two for the last 10 seasons and have accumulated a large trophy cabinet over that time with coach Fabulous Flournoy at the helm.

“Newcastle will be way up there again this season,” James continued.

“They have brought in two really good imports this year who have taken the league by storm.

“Newcastle are a team of a mentality that if they get you down they really try to put your down and hammer you.

“We have go up there and preparing to weather whatever storm they throw at us, but at the same time try to stick to the game plan.

“If we do that we will give ourselves a chance of beating them.”

Although Wolves have lost their first two matches, they will be boosted by the recent record against Newcastle.

Last season, they won three of their five meetings and came agonisingly close to knocking them out of the BBL play-offs.

“It did kick-start our season when we went up there and beat them (in March), that really did give us some belief,” James added.

“Even in the play-offs it came down to one shot, so we were very competitive against them throughout the season and very unfortunate not to get through to the play-off final.

“They have got a different set of players this year.

“But they are always very challenging games between Newcastle and ourselves, so we will get the boys ready for it.

“If we could go up there and beat them on their own floor we are going to be able to go and beat anybody anywhere, so it will be good for the confidence.

“But first and foremost we have got to have everybody coming up there with their A game.

“We are going to have to play a 40-minute game, so we can’t have any mental lapses or breakdown defensively and offensively.

“We have got to take care of the basketball because they are a very strong team defensively as well.”