Preview: Worcester Wolves – Cup Semi-Final

Category: News
Author: RidersMedia
Date: 30th December, 2019

The Leicester Riders take on the Worcester Wolves in the second leg of the BBL Cup at the Morningside Arena. The Riders take a narrow 3 point lead going into the second leg following a successful trip to Worcester back in December. 

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About the Wolves

Worcester Head Coach Matt Newby is enjoying his first spell with the Wolves, after a miserable few seasons at the now defunct Leeds Force.

Worcester has a BBL Playoffs win and a BBL Trophy win – both in the 2013/14 season, but have never won the BBL Cup. They were beaten finalists two seasons ago, when Cheshire took the silverware; a Phoenix team which included ex-Rider Raheem May-Thompson, a new signing with the Wolves this season.

In addition, guard Kofi Josephs, who was previously with Glasgow Rocks, and versatile forward Jordan Williams, who was with Surrey Scorchers, provide BBL experience, although Williams was missing from the first leg with an injury.

American guards Cortez Edwards and Mark Hughes, who are both athletic, and provide solid rebounding, are rookies. Dutch guard Maarten Bouwknecht generally runs the point, and athletic Dutch forward, Julius Van Sauers, is a handful on the boards. American centre Amir Williams provides the power in the paint. Van Sauers and Amir Williams picked up 10 offensive rebounds between them in the first leg, keeping Worcester in the game.

Season So Far – Wolves

Worcester continues to impress in 2019/20 after a miserable few seasons. They won 8 of their first 14 games in all competitions, a major step up from last season, when they were at, or near, the bottom for most of the season. They have the scalps of London Lions and Newcastle Eagles already this season.

Season So Far – Riders

Riders have had to overcome a spate of injuries to top the Northern group in the Cup pool stages, with a 7 and 3 record, and to get the win by 3 points in the away leg of this semi-final tie.  

Players to Watch

Ex-Glasgow guard Kofi Josephs, who has played for GB, hit some extraordinary shots in the first leg of the BBL Cup semi-final against Riders on his way to top-scoring for the Wolves with 16 points, and followed that up with 21 points and 5 rebounds in a Championship loss to Bristol Flyers 24 hours later.

Riders rely on American shooting guard Namon Wright to produce some instant offence when other options dry up, and he scored 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in the first leg of the semi-final.

Next Home Game

The Leicester Riders return to action on January 17th  when they once again take on the Worcester Wolves, this time in the BBL Championship. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets!

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