BBL: Worcester Wolves roar in the capital against London Lions
Last Updated: 10/10/13 10:40pm
Paul James: Worcester Wolves head coach masterminded overtime victory
Paul James and his Worcester Wolves side squeezed past London Lions 63-62 in overtime at the Copper Box Arena.
Both teams struggled to find their range during the initial exchanges, with defences on top and that was a trend which would continue.
The Wolves opened a 20-16 advantage but by half-time, they had increased their lead to double-digits at 37-27 thanks to good work from Alex Owumi on both sides of the three-point line.
With Matthew Bryan-Amaning coming off the bench and proving a defensive presence for the hosts, the Lions managed to haul themselves back into contention in the second half.
Helped by the dangerous Zaire Taylor being slowed down with a hip injury sustained earlier in the game, the Lions were able to turn the tables and stop Wolves scoring for long periods, even if the visitors did still lead 45-35 after an Owumi triple.
A succession of blocks by Bryan-Amaning sparked the Lions into life and he went on to complete the comeback when he tied the game up with a jump shot.
The Lions even led 56-51 with less than a minute remaining but, in the play of the game, an 'and-1' by Jamal Williams gave the Wolves fresh impetus when it mattered and Lions twice missed their chance to win.
Firstly turning the ball over as Stefan Djukic gleefully scored on the fast- reak for the Wolves and then not executing on the last play of regulation.
The Wolves took their second chance with relish in the extra period, although Joe Ikhinmwin missed a jump shot that would have won it for the Lions with just three seconds remaining.