It was standing room only at Oaklands on Saturday as the debut of Ibrahim Gariba attracted Wolves' biggest ever NBL crowd.
Nine years after retiring, the popular Gariba came out of retirement as one of five new signings for Lee Ryan's team, but his couldn't help the new-look Wolves make a winning start as they went down 80-67 to high-flying London Elite.
Gariba finished with six points and as many rebounds along with three steals in 22 minutes of action.
On a day when Wolves' roster had a new look about it, and a noisy crowd to support them, it was third year academy player Seth Wylie who led the home side with 13 points and three assists, while Malik Griffith-Johnson added 11 points.
The visitors did the damage in the first half as they built on an 18-11 opening period to take a commanding 41-21 lead into the locker room. The hosts edged the third quarter 19-18 before winning the fourth 26-20, but it was too late to stop Elite strengthening their promotion bid.
Wolves are at home again on Saturday when East London All Stars are the visitors for another key game. Tip-off is at the earlier time of 4.15pm