Nineteen points sounds a lot but it’s only six triples and a free-throw and remember we were 33 up at Bristol and only won by three.
Smart money though is on us to get through to The O2 and if you can’t be at Worcester tonight then you can still watch us to see how we fare as we’re on The BBC tonight.
After all, you should be able to watch as you’d normally be at Sport central on a Friday night!
BBL on the BBC: Wolves v Eagles
|We get the lowdown on Friday night when the first of this year’s Play-Off Finalists for The 02 will be confirmed.
Friday 5 May 2017
Worcester Wolves and Esh Group Eagles Newcastle battle for a place in the BBL Play-Off Final in a rematch of the 2014 showpiece, this week on BBC Sport.
Eagles have been to four of the last five Play-Off Finals, winning two, while Wolves triumphed in their meeting three years ago.
Paul James’ side come into this tie as the lower seed, but as league’s form team, having won 12 of their final 13 regular season games before seeing off holders DBL Sharks Sheffield in the Quarter-Finals.
Eagles outlasted Bristol Flyers in the last eight and host the Semi-Final first leg on Wednesday before Friday’s return in front of the BBC Sport cameras.
Word from the Eagles:
Eagles forward Orlan Jackman: “We are feeling pretty good because we’ve had a lot of games that were close so we are ready to compete and close out games.
“I expect a tough, physical game with shots coming from everywhere, but as long as we buckle down and stick to our defensive assignments we should be fine.
“That [Wolves’ form and confidence] can be a double-edged sword. You can come in thinking you can do no wrong and die a horrible death, or you can do everything right. We have got to play our own game and do what we do well.”
View from the commentary box
BBL commentator Daniel Routledge: “This tie has the makings of a classic, all the ingredients are there for 80 top quality minutes of basketball. Worcester have the best record in the league in the last couple of months, Newcastle have the pedigree in these sorts of games and the prize of a date at The O2 is on the line.
“I’m expecting a lot of points. In the last two meetings they’ve combined for 438, Newcastle led the league in scoring this season and in their great run over the last couple of months the Wolves have averaged almost 93 pre-game.
“A five-seed has never beaten a two seed in the Play-Offs before, but I should imagine the bookies would have Worcester as very marginal favourites going in given their form and recent results against Newcastle. I think it’s too close to call but am expecting it comes down to the final few plays on Friday night.”
* Wolves have won the last two meetings between these teams