In a game that was exciting as expected, Worcester Wolves II defeated Coventry Flames Men 64-56 in the second game of their NBL 2021/22 season. The first quarter saw the Wolves up 16-13, before using a 21-9 second quarter to take a 37-22 half-time lead. Out of the break, the Flames used a flurry of 3-pointers, to outscore the Wolves 36-27 in the second half but the 15 point deficit in the second quarter proved too much to overcome for the team, ending in a 6-point loss for the home side.
When asked about what his side needed to improve on going forward, Flames Coach, Rob Eddon, said "Turnovers. We had 32 turnovers against a really good team, we can't afford that. We've just got to take better care of the ball."
Luke Gregory recorded his second double-double of the season, tallying 11 points and 11 rebounds whilst Bernardo Pinto scored 15 points to lead the team in scoring.
"I think our defense picked up a lot in the second half. We were able to get some stops and get some points on the board and play with a little more confidence" said . My shot wasn't falling so I had to find other ways to contribute while I was on the court, said Flames player-coach Luis Romero.
Despite the loss, Eddon believes there is a lot of potential for his squad this season. "This is probably one of the toughest games we'll play this year and we didn't necessarily play our best yet we only lost by 8 so that's a positive I'm taking from this game. There's a lot to work on but I'm not discouraged by today's outcome."
Austin Payne led the visitors with 22 points and Lucas McGregor added 11 points for the Wolves.
Eden Square MVP: Luis Romero for his impressive defensive efforts limiting McGregor to 11 points.
Up Next: Coventry Flames Men (1-1) will return to the court at Stoke-on-Trent where the Knights will host Coventry on Saturday, October 30 at 4pm.