Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Worcester Wolves Head Coach and University of Worcester Director of Basketball, Paul James, has said that the University of Worcester Arena has helped his team ‘raise the bar’ this season, after they won their second trophy of a magnificent campaign.
James’ Wolves defeated the Newcastle Eagles 90-78 at Wembley Arena on Sunday, to add the BBL Championship Play-off title to the BBL Trophy they won in Glasgow in March.
The trophies represent the first major pieces of silverware that the Wolves have won in their 14-year history, and crown the club’s debut season at the University Arena. Since beating reigning champions Leicester Riders in front of a capacity crowd in their first home game of the campaign, Wolves have regularly played in front of huge attendances at the University Arena, which has quickly established itself as one of British basketball’s premier venues.
Paul James says: “We’ve obviously raised the bar this year with what we present off-court, with the University Arena and the match-day experience.
“At the same time we’ve also managed to match this with what we provide on the court. I came here with the intention of helping to give the city of Worcester a basketball team they can be proud of. The players have been so focused throughout the year in delivering success.”
Over 8,000 people watched the Play-off final on Sunday, with a substantial number of those spectators having travelled from Worcester, and James was quick to pay tribute to the fantastic support his side have enjoyed all season.
“I’m so impressed by just how many people came along to Wembley to support us,” he continues. “It was fantastic to see several hundred fans travel up to Glasgow to see us, but there were all those people and many more as well who came out on Sunday.
“The noise they made had us almost thinking we were playing back in Worcester. They spurred us on; they were awesome.”
With Sunday’s victory bringing the curtain down on the BBL season, James has already turned his attentions to building on this year’s success in coming seasons.
“We most certainly want to do all we can to continue the successes and put out the best team we can,” he says.
“Clearly we don’t want to change a winning team, so ideally I would like to have all of the players return next season. I think we could be even stronger in one or two areas so, if it is possible to address that, then that’s what we’ll look to do.”
Photo courtesy of Olly Jones.