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Plymouth Raiders 94 Worcester Wolves 80
12:18pm Tuesday 17th April 2012 in Sport
WORCESTER Wolves were unable to follow up the previous day’s impressive 93-71 win over Leicester Riders when they slipped to a 94-80 British Basketball League defeat at Plymouth Raiders in their final game of the regular season.
While the Devon setback still leaves Wolves in second place in the table, both Plymouth and Leicester could overtake Paul James’ side if they win their games in hand.
The tone for the game was set early on when Raiders’ guard Michael Ojo landed the first of four long-range efforts to put his side 13-4 ahead.
By the end of the first period Worcester had only mustered five scores from the field as they trailed 30-14.
A triple of quick-fire scores from distance by Arnas Kazlauskas kept Wolves in touch at 39-25 with seven minutes of the first-half remaining but nine points from Canadian international reserve forward Jamal Williams gave Plymouth a 50-38 half-time lead.
Three David Watts baskets brought the scores to 65-51 and when Wolves’ Tommy Freeman also got in on the sharp-shooting act Wolves closed to 79-73 with four minutes of action left.
It was as close as they would get, however, as Ojo once more asserted his scoring dominance and, aided by strong inside play by centre Paul Williams, the Raiders were able to coast to their 14-point victory.