Wolves Mark University of Worcester Arena Debut with Heroic Win

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The Worcester Wolves marked their first ever British Basketball League fixture at the University of Worcester Arena with a stunning victory over reigning champions Leicester Riders on Friday evening, in front of a record crowd of well over 1,700.

Before the game, figures from the University of Worcester and the sport's national governing body, British Basketball, mixed with guests including the Deputy Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Paul Denham, at a reception hosted by the University's Vice Chancellor, Professor David Green.

They later joined a capacity crowd to watch a thrilling encounter, which saw numerous shifts in momentum before the Wolves eventually ran out 73-61 winners.

Mick Donovan, Head of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Worcester and Worcester Wolves co-founder, said: "It was great to see such a large crowd create a wonderful atmosphere for what was a terrific match.

"As with last weekend's netball international, the University Arena proved to be a fitting venue for high quality, elite sport, and the people of Worcester turned out in force to play their part in another fantastic occasion."

He added: "It is fair to assume that some of those there on Friday evening were watching elite basketball for the first time - hopefully they will now become familiar faces at the University Arena and passionate supporters of the Wolves as the season progresses."

Four of the victorious Wolves team are currently combining their sporting careers with studying at the University of Worcester Kalil Irving, Will Creekmore, Caylin Raftopoulos and Zaire Taylor. A further four members of the Wolves first team squad are also current students.

The win maintains the Wolves' 100% start to the season, following last week's demolition of Surrey United. Their next fixture at the University Arena is this Friday, October 11th, against Cheshire Phoenix, with tip-off at 7.30pm.