It’s a clash of the apex predators this Sunday, as Worcester Wolves enter the Fox’s den to take on Plymouth Raiders.
Despite a narrow three point loss to Leicester Riders last week, the Raiders will feel positive about the manner of their overall performance. Leading for the majority of the game, and looking comfortable doing so, an unfortunate lapse in concentration late in the fourth quarter proved fatal for Plymouth.
Although it wasn’t the desired result, there is a real sense that the Raiders are on the cusp of permanently elevating their standing within the league. If Head Coach Paul James is able to sustain this progression, close losses will soon become close victories and winning habits will weave themselves into the fabric of the franchise. American philosopher, William Durant summarised it best when he said;
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
There are plenty of examples of excellence within this young Raiders squad. Back to back BBL Player of the Month, Donte Nicholas produced another powerful performance against Leicester, scoring a team-leading 21 points. Finding the basket with an over-the-shoulder hook shot as he fell to the ground was a particularly notable highlight, adding to Nicholas’ seemingly endless showreel of incredible plays. Now averaging 17.84 points per game, the Raiders will be hoping their star forward can run up the score against bottom of the table Worcester Wolves again this Sunday.
The indispensable Josh Wilcher finished the Leicester game with 17 points and six assists proving, once again, just how crucial he is to the Plymouth offence. With 42 three pointers and an assist average of 7.72 per game this season, Wilcher’s rounded performances have made him a crowd favourite at the Pavilions and another strong showing on Sunday will only serve to enhance the Aussie’s already sterling reputation.
Darrell Combs will undoubtedly be the Wolves’ main threat this weekend. The American point-guard joined Worcester from the Icelandic league in 2018 and leads the team with an average of 15.24 points per game. Despite Combs’ best efforts, the Wolves currently lie in last place in the BBL with 2 points to their name. The Worcester side have lost all five of their last five games and will do well to stay with a Raiders side who are now looking to solidify their play-off position.
Tickets are available at www.plymouthraiders.com/tickets. You can keep up with all the latest news on Twitter @officialraiders and game highlights are available on the Plymouth Raiders YouTube page.
Let’s go Raiders!