Worcester Wolves 64 78 Sheffield Sharks
Friday 30 September 2016
CH

Worcester Wolves were unable to build on their promising start to the latest British Basketball League season when stumbling to a 64-78 defeat to Sheffield Sharks at the University of Worcester Arena on Friday.

A week ago Wolves roared back from a big deficit to triumph against Cheshire Phoenix after overtime. A double-figure hole also appeared in this match, but head coach Paul James was upset that his team were not able to mount a similar comeback, saying:
“Last week we were lucky to get back into things, but tonight we got what we deserved. We simply didn’t run anything – we’ve got all the plays but we didn’t execute them.

“We had players running all over the place, but not to the right positions. We needed to do a much better job of focusing and getting the ball to the right people at the right time.”

A confident Trevor Setty three-pointer opened affairs, with Alex Navajas and Danny Huffor both doing likewise to set up an early 15-12 lead. Deondre McWhorter took to the court after five minutes for his home debut, rattling in a quick eight points in a 26-25 first-quarter edge for the hosts.

Bustling forward Jermel Kennedy twice connected and twice made bonus free throws as Sharks struggled to hold him back, maximising Wolves’ lead at 37-29 six minutes before half-time.

From here Worcester’s offense stagnated. Shaheed Davis ignited Sheffield’s response when swatting away an Andrew Bachman effort, and proceeded to rat-a-tat home a quartet of pre-interval scores in a 17-4 surge.

Already trailing 41-46, matters worsened after the break. Time and again Wolves’ passes went astray while Sharks’ confidence increased. During the whole of the third quarter Worcester could only muster a paltry two baskets from the field, with their disadvantage widening to 53-64.

The final period saw more of the same. Unable to penetrate to the hoop and unable to connect from the outside, Wolves tumbled to inevitable defeat.

It will be a fortnight, Friday 14 October, before Wolves are next in action, when Glasgow Rocks visit the city. James admitted there is plenty of work ahead, saying: “We have a lot to do. Today was very disappointing. We have to take our punishment, learn from this and move on.”