Worcester Wolves were unable to follow up last Sunday’s thrilling BBL Cup victory over Glasgow Rocks when facing the same opponent, this time in league action, on Friday.
A large crowd at the University of Worcester Arena were left disappointed to see Wolves slip to a 76-82 reversal.
Once more Worcester were hampered by a rotation of just six senior players, but had still managed to build a 45-36 Wolves lead by just after half-time. However the greater depth of Glasgow’s squad eventually whittled away and then overturned their host’s advantage.
Coach Paul James confirmed that the current shortness of his side’s roster was a prime factor in the loss, saying:
“We did well to get a reasonable lead, but unfortunately couldn’t sustain it. One of the key things today was that we ran into foul trouble which had the effect of disrupting the line-ups that we could then put on court, and eventually led to the loss.”
A pedestrian opening quarter saw just two home players, Dallin Bachynski and Alex Navajas, ink the scoresheet as Wolves fell 8-16 behind.
A double of three-pointers from Brandon Parrish and consecutive dances to the basket by Ashton Khan switched the momentum. Two more Parrish scores put Worcester 35-30 ahead at the interval.
While five points from George Beamon pleasingly extended the lead, the same player less happily picked up a rapid-fire trio of fouls. By the close of the third quarter his fellow American Trayvon Palmer stood on the brink of dismissal on four fouls.
A manageable 55-59 deficit entering the final period became out of reach once Navajas’ evening terminated with his fifth infraction at six minutes still to go. Late triples for Parrish and Khan were not enough to keep Wolves in touch.
Parrish led all scorers with 18 points, followed by Khan and Beamon with 16 and 15 points respectively.
Wolves’ next challenge will be the visit of Leicester Riders to the University of Worcester Arena on Friday 17 November (tip off 7.30). Tickets are available here
James acknowledged that any addition to his squad would be welcome, saying: “If we can find a player who can help us we’ll bring them in, but it will need to be someone with a British passport. In the meantime we’ve got players here who will continue to battle.”
Match report by Colin Taylor.
Image credit: Razorlight Imagery.