BBL on the BBC: Will the Wolves get back to winning ways against Bristol?

We get the lowdown on the next BBL game on BBC Sport this season as Worcester host Bristol on Friday.

Worcester Wolves v Bristol Flyers

Details: Friday 12 January 2018, 7:30pm, Worcester Arena, BBL Championship

Summary: The latest encounter on BBC Sport pits two teams with identical league records against each other.

Worcester dropped to 7-6 after losing to league leaders, Leicester Riders on the road last Saturday, while Bristol moved back above .500 having split their weekend double-header.

It’s the first meeting between the two sides with the Wolves also in action on Sunday with one eye on their Trophy Quarter-Final clash with Cheshire Phoenix.

Quote: “Worcester are a good team – they have a lot of talent, one of the more athletic teams in the BBL and are well coached,” Flyers forward, Leslee Smith. “There’s always a lot of emotion when it comes to a Flyers and Worcester matchup and we are definitely looking forward to this weekend.

View from the commentary box:

BBL commentator Daniel Routledge: “I’m looking forward to seeing Mike Ojo back in the BBL, I liked watching him back in his Plymouth days and I thought that was a great signing by the Wolves.

That game last week at Leicester was tremendous and though they came out on the wrong side of it in the end, Worcester could easily have won it and kept that great win streak going. There’s no doubt they are in fine form right now. I’ll be interested to see how Bristol handle Bachynski, because he was almost unplayable last week and with the likes of Gilchrist and Navajas they are a really big unit.

The table is ridiculously tight at the moment, you see both these teams on 7-6 down by the play-off line, but a couple of wins and they could be third the way things are going. This is an interesting spot in the Flyers season; Wolves and Leicester away, followed by London at home, Glasgow home and away, and Cheshire at home – the next month could really set-up where their ambitions lie in the closing stages of the season.”

Three points:

• Bristol have won the last two meetings between the two
• Worcester’s nine-game winning streak ended last week away at Leicester
• Brandon Boggs leads Bristol with 202 points, George Beamon has 201 for Worcester

Next time on BBC Sport:

Friday 19 January 2018
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle v DBL Sharks Sheffield (BBL Championship) 7:30pm