Worcester Wolves 73 (18,32,53) (Taylor 22, Owumi 13, Djukic 12)
Leicester Riders 61 (13,34,49) (Hassan 17, Sullivan 10, Couisnard 9, Downing 9)
Worcester Wolves made sure that the brand new University of Worcester Arena was opened in style in the home debut, as they defeated the reigning British Basketball League (BBL) champions Leicester Riders in front of a full house.
Having registered a 73-61 victory, Wolves improved to 2-0 and kept their unbeaten record intact, with Zaire Taylor proving unstoppable once again and coming up big in the decisive fourth quarter, while Riders dropped to 1-1.
Cheered on by a packed arena, Wolves started the game red hot and already had a 16-7 lead seven minutes into the first quarter, getting easy baskets in transition after turnovers by Riders and dominating the boards.
The initiative changed hands in the second quarter as the visitors tidied up defensively, before eventually going to take the lead at 28-26 after a big three-pointer by Andrew Sullivan.
Having gone into the halftime trailing by two points, Wolves restored a slight advantage in the third period and were up 47-42, but Will Creekmore was punished with a technical foul, giving the Riders an opportunity to close the gap.
With five minutes left in the fourth quarter, only four points separated the sides, but Taylor and Alex Owumi showed up when it mattered the most and sparked a 9-2 run to give Wolves a 68-57 lead, which was enough to secure the victory.
Taylor finished the game with 22 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Owumi had 13 points and eight boards for the winners. Stefan Djukic added 12 points.
Leicester’s forward Rashad Hassan had a team-high 19 points, Andrew Sullivan collected 10, while no other player managed to reach double figures.
– Report courtesy of BBL.org.uk