Basketball
Wolves cruise to easy Jets win

By Nigel Slater 26/03 Updated: 02/04 09:54

Buy photos » Richie Gordon yet again impressed on the court scoring 17 points and 19 rebounds as Wolves proved too strong for the Cheshire Jets. Picture by Keith Hunt.

TITLE contenders Worcester Wolves closed the gap on BBL leaders Newcastle Eagles to just two points after securing a comfortable win over the Cheshire Jets.

Less than 24 hours after Wolves beat the Sheffield Sharks, Paul James' men continued their BBL Championship title push with an impressive 94-65 victory on Sunday at the Northgate Arena.

Two long range baskets from Lithuanian Arnas Kazlauskas helped Wolves take a 16-11 lead midway through the opening period before four points from Jets forward Colin O’Reilly brought the home side back in contention.

But Worcester began to draw clear late when Jets centre Matt Schneck was penalised for a deliberate push on Richie Gordon. Gordon sank the resultant foul shots and club captain Callum Jones hit a two-pointer to give Wolves a 26-21 lead.

The second quarter opened with scores from Jet’s American duo of Adam Brown and Bill Cole to reduce the deficit to just one point. But Worcester were able to break away once again with a run of baskets from Gordon, Sherrad Prezzie-Blue and Tommy Freeman giving them a healthy eleven point advantage.

A skillful dribble and score from Prezzie-Blue and a three-pointer from David Watts just before the buzzer increased Wolves' lead to 17 points leading 49-32 at half time.

Worcester took further control and a thumping looked to be on the cards when the visitors stretched their lead to 23 points. But the Jets refused to give in and a 13-3 run gave the hosts a glimmer of the hope as they trailed 68-51 heading into the final quarter .

Wolves though got back to their best for the crucial final period and a fabulous three-pointer from Gordon widened the visitors’ advantage to 76-53 and affectively ended any chance of a remarkable Jets comeback. As the game wound down Worcester were able to complete the win by a massive 29 points.

The win moved Wolves on to 40 points with an impressive record of 20 wins out of their 25 games played so far this season.

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