8 Mar 13: Wolves 94-76 Lions


BBL Championship

Worcester Wolves 94 (30,54,75) (Owumi 25, Ocitti 23, Masiulis 22)

London Lions 76 (15,40,51) (Brown 20, Ogedengbe 19, Jackman 16)

Worcester Wolves moved themselves into joint fifth position with the Surrey Heat in the BBL Championship table thanks to a comfortable 94-76 victory over the London Lions at Worcester University on Friday night.


In a game where the tip-off was delayed by over an hour, it was the home side who started very strongly as they rattled off an convincing 22-9 start to the contest leaving the weary Lions a little shell-shocked.


The visitors managed to keep themselves in the contest somewhat as both teams traded baskets in the final three minutes of the opening period, but it was the Wolves who enjoyed a 30-15 lead at the end of the quarter.


In the second period, both sides traded baskets throughout the majority of the quarter, but it was the Wolves who once again enjoyed the upper hand as they extended their lead out to 22 points at 52-30 with three minutes left in the half. The Lions finished the second period the stronger of the sides thanks to a 10-2 burst to trim the deficit back to 14 points at 54-40 as both sides headed into the locker rooms at the half.


In the second half, the visitors pushed on a little from their strong finish to the second quarter as they closed the gap ever so slightly back to 12 points at 59-47 early in the third quarter, but that was as close as they would get for the remainder of the period as the Wolves steadily began to find their shooting range once again as they extended their lead out over the remainder of the quarter to 24 points, with a Sherad Prezzie-Blue three-pointer providing the exclamation point to head into the final stanza leading 75-51.


In the final quarter, the Wolves enjoyed their biggest lead of the game at 29 points with the score at 82-53 midway through the final quarter, and despite the best efforts of the Lions, they could not close the deficit significantly enough to cause the home side to panic down the stretch as the Wolves picked up the comfortable victory.


Alex Owumi led all scorers in the game with an impressive 25 point haul for the Wolves, while veteren Rod Brown led the Lions with 20 points personal.