Wolves beat Lions in overtime thriller

By Nigel Slater Monday 18 February 2013 Updated: 18/02 15:44

WORCESTER Wolves clinched their fourth consecutive win in all competitions despite being pushed to the limit against a determined London Lions outfit.

Following Friday night's demolition job against the Mersey Tigers, Paul James' side were forced to battle hard in a thrilling BBL Championship contest which was dramatically settled after two periods of overtime.

The 98-91 victory at the University of Worcester made it a weekend of double success for Wolves with both wins increasing their chances of finishing in the league's top five.

Wolves had the better of the opening proceedings as three pointers from Kai Williams and Stan Ocitti helped them to a 23-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Wolves continued to dominate at the start of the second period but they were dealt a blow when influential guard Alex Owumi was sent to the bench after committing his third foul.

Despite the setback Wolves remained in control but a fantastic long range basket in the final second of the first half from London's Vince Macauley got them back into the game.

The second half saw the Lions level the scores after Adrien Sturt hit a couple of three-pointer scores. But Wolves restored their advantage going into the final quarter thanks to Owumi's return to court.

Wolves looked set to record a comfortable victory when they led 74-63 midway through the final period but the Lions refused to give in and hit back with seven unanswered points during the next three minutes.

Trailing 79-77 the Lions managed to complete a superb comeback when Perry Lawson ran through the Wolves defence and slotted home to take the match into overtime.

A nervy five minutes of action then followed as both team were unable to take control of the match. The sides were still locked at 86-86 so a second overtime period was called.

But Wolves managed to close the game out with Kailil Irving and Ocitti firing in baskets to finally take the match away from the gutsy visitors.

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