Preview: Riders vs Wolves

Category: News
Author: Joe Pinchin
Date: 16th January, 2020

This Friday the Leicester Riders take on the Worcester Wolves as they search for their first win of 2020. Here’s all you need to know about both teams ahead of Friday’s action.

About the Wolves

Worcester is one of the most improved teams in the BBL this season, after a year to forget in 2018/19.

The Wolves, owned by the University of Worcester, are through to their second BBL Cup final in three years, when they meet Bristol Flyers in a week, at the Arena, Birmingham.

Their British coach Matt Newby is in his first season with the club.

Their strength comes from a balanced squad, with American guard Cortez Edwards, a BBL rookie, keeping opponents off balance with his relentless play. He is ably supported by fellow BBL rookie, Mark Hughes, who hurt Riders from the three-point line last time out.

But Riders struggled most to keep the two Williams’, Brit Jordan, and American Amir, off the boards, and their rebounding was critical to Worcester success over Riders in the BBL Cup semi-final.

Multi-purpose forward Raheem May-Thompson top scored against Cheshire in the Wolves game last weekend, while another Brit guard Kofi Josephs hurt Riders in the Cup with his long-range shooting in the first leg.
Dutch players guard Maarten Bouwknecht, and forward Julius Van Sauers, provide solid support from the bench.

Season So Far – Wolves

Worcester is on a four-game winning streak, their last victory at home to Cheshire Phoenix last weekend, 79-65

Season So Far – Riders

Riders and Wolves have split a match apiece, each winning away from home in the BBL Cup semis, with the Wolves winning through to the Cup Final on aggregate scores.

Since Riders win over Worcester in the BBL Cup semi-final, first leg in mid-December, Riders have lost 4 straight, their longest losing streak since 2011.

Players to Watch

Experienced forward Jordan Williams was a handful last time out against Riders, forcing is way to the basket for close-in scores, with impunity. He is averaging over 11 points per game, while shooting 51%, and pulling down nearly 6 rebounds, and dishing out nearly 4 assists, per game.

Point guard Kyron Cartwright has proved the key man for Riders this season, and their recent struggles have generally been when he is off the court. In 30 minutes last time out versus Bristol, Cartwright top scored with 20 points, and dished out 8 assists while grabbing 5 rebounds, shooting 57% from the floor.

Tickets are still available for Friday’s game, CLICK HERE to purchase yours as the Riders return to action at the Morningside Arena!

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