Basketball
Wolves set for vital Leicester clash

By Nigel Slater 24/04 Updated: 25/04 13:58

Buy photos » Worcester Wolves head coach Paul James and his side will be hungry to get their hands on some sliverware. Picture by Keith Hunt.

WORCESTER Wolves face Leicester Riders tomorrow night (Friday) knowing defeat could cost them their dream of winning the BBL Championship title for the first time in their history.

Second placed Wolves will hope to keep the pressure on leaders Newcastle Eagles with victory against the Riders at the John Sandford Sports Centre (tip-off 7.30pm).

A defeat could cost Wolves dear with Newcastle also playing on Friday at home to the MK Lions. If Wolves lose and the Eagles register another win there would be a huge six point gap between them with Wolves having just four games left to play.

But a win for Wolves and defeat for Newcastle will open up the title race with just three weeks to go before the BBL Championship comes to a close.

Wolves go into the crunch fixture looking for a club record nine straight league wins and are full of confidence after two impressive victories last weekend against Sheffield Sharks and Cheshire Jets.

But Worcester know they are in for a tough match after Leicester beat them at the end of December in their first meeting of the season.

And Wolves head coach Paul James has warned his team they will have to play much better than they did last time around if they are to clinch a vital win.

"Leicester have been one of the best teams in the league this season," he said. "Coach Rob Paternostro has put together a very talented team who can score in many ways and they are playing really well at the moment under his guidance.

"Last time we played them we only played for the first half of the game and failed to react positively when we needed to in the second half. So we must focus for the full 40 minutes this time around."

"They have many options and combinations that they can go to with great affect, so we will have to be ready to deal with whatever they throw at us."

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