Division 1 Men: Game Preview

It's a big weekend for Wolves' men as they face a pair of games against sides from the midlands.

Saturday sees Thomas Baker's team travel to Leicester Warriors looking for their first double of the season while on Sunday, Derby Trailblazers are the visitors for a game that is being shown live on the Basketball England Youtube channel.


After a weekend off, Wolves' coach Thomas Baker is in a reflective mood: "Another break in our season last weekend gives us a chance to reflect on this season" he said. "As we enter the latter stages we still have some work to do in order to improve defensively and we will continue to push until the last game of the season. We know that both teams this weekend have the talent to cause us problems, therefore we need to make sure we are ready to go from start to finish.”


Academy player Kane Daley led Wolves with 30 points when Warriors were beaten 108-101 at Oaklands a couple of months ago, but since then Karl Brown's team have added former GB big man Morakinyo Williams and he has helped them win five of their last six games to move off the bottom of the table and up to 12th place - one spot ahead of Wolves.

Seven footer Williams is averaging an impressive 26.6 point, 10.9 rebound double-double, while Martyn Gayle adds 16.8 points per game.


It's a quick return against Derby as they were Wolves' last opponents a fortnight ago when they travelled to Blazers' temporary home in Nottingham and were unable to build on a good start as they went down 124-93 despite 32 points from Jordan Santiago.


The game sees two of the league best shot-blockers matching up with Wolves' guard-forward AJ Roberts leading the division with an average of 1,6 per game and Derby Oliver Stanley swatting 1.2 shots per game.


Blazers' Charlie Brown dishes out 6.1 assists per game, while Santiago is averaging 4.6, and the American forward is averaging 23.9 points and a league-high 3.3 steals per game.


After a weekend that saw them somehow lose a 32-poiint lead against Bradford Dragons before bouncing back to beat Newcastle last Sunday, Matt Shaw's team go into the game sitting fourth in the table with an 11-4 record.


Roberts is excited to return to action: "We look forward to getting back out on the court this weekend with a double header weekend. We have tough task at hand playing a team who’s been on a run lately in Leicester Warriors and a strong Derby team. I’m confident we’ll be ready to compete!"

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