Worcester Wolves 82-67 Sheffield Sharks
Coach Paul James declared his satisfaction after seeing his new-look Worcester Wolves see off Sheffield Sharks 82-67 in a pre-season encounter at the University of Worcester Arena on Friday.
“It was a good start for our first proper game,” said James. “We obviously had a lot of new faces out there so it was satisfying that they worked well together.”
The five players who started the match all donned Wolves vests for the first time. The opening tip-off found its way to Danny Huffor who immediately launched a muscle-loosening three-pointer. Though the shot was slightly wide of the target, fellow forward Alex Navajas was on hand for an instant rebound and put-back.
By six minutes into the game every starter was on the scoresheet. Point guard Marek Klassen and power forward Jermel Kennedy floated home threes while small forward Trevor Setty connected closer to the hoop. Meanwhile Huffor got off the mark with what would turn out to be the first of his five triples of the evening.
A 21-18 first quarter lead was finalised by a basket from returning guard Ashton Khan.
The advantage was extended to 41-35 by half-time, with Huffor adding ten second-quarter points and Kennedy particularly impressing with aggressive play at both ends of the court.
The second half saw another summer signing, Andrew Bachman, onto the scoreboard. Young reserves Dominic Ives and Panos Mayindombe were also given time on court, combining for a useful eight points, as Worcester calmly saw out the victory.
Huffor and Klassen led the scoring with 19 and 16 points respectively. Kennedy hit 15 points, while Navajas and Setty notched 10 apiece.
“It was a very positive sign that all our starters scored in double figures. We shared the ball well tonight,” added James.
Wolves will play out home and away friendlies with Bristol Flyers on Saturday and back at the University of Worcester Arena on Monday. Reduced admission of just £5 will apply again on Monday, with the opportunity to meet the players post-game.
Worcester’s new British Basketball League campaign will tip off next Friday, 23 September when Cheshire Phoenix visit the city.