Worcester Wolves’ victory on Saturday night in the BBL Championship put paid to what has been a testing November in a number of ways, whilst Durham Wildcats were also able to rid themselves of the Scottish curse.
Rocks @ Wildcats
Ralph Bucci and Danny Huffor led the way in Durham Wildcats’ first ever victory over the Glasgow Rocks at Newton Aycliffe, 85-72.
The absence of Chez Marks, as far as points on the board are concerned, looks to be a huge one despite his replacement, Alex Marcotullio, making 3-from-5 beyond the arc; the hard work of Daniel Northern to fill this gap was not enough, despite his 25 points, to keep Durham Wildcats in touch during the last two quarters.
Paul Elderkin for the home side was just as impressive from outside, making all 12 points of his coming from downtown, as Huffor, against his former side, top scored for Durham with 19 points.
Bucci, captain extraordinaire, put in a magnificent night scoring almost a triple-double (15 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds), which would have really capped off a wonderful night for the Wildcats.
Wolves @ Riders
Worcester Wolves not only ended the Leicester Riders’ incredible winning home streak of 34 BBL Championship games, spanning over three season, but also topped the BBL Championship, and claimed their first head-to-head series of the campaign, as they ran out 62-69 victors at the John Sandford Centre.
Handling errors and shots not dropping ,cost the Riders, and allowed Wolves’ Alex Owumi to rack up 7 unanswered points early in the final period, in what was, up to that point, an extremely close game which never saw a gap of double digits develop.
Zaire Taylor and Owumi took care of the score for the visitors, whilst Will Creekmore pulled down most of the boards and dished out five dimes for his team-mates on the way to the win.
It now means there are five teams in the BBL Championship who have lost just two games, but Worcester edge the leading pack with the extra game won, however that could all change with their visit next Friday to Newcastle Eagles.