Newcastle Eagles 88 (Smith 23, Maddox 21, Defoe 16)
Worcester Wolves 94 (Owumi 34, Masiulis 19, Ocitti)
Worcester Wolves shocked a sell-out crowd at Sport Central with a superb 94-88 victory against Newcastle Eagles.
Nothing could separate the teams over the first three quarters but a 7-0 burst gave Wolves a 78-71 lead late in the fourth quarter and they held off Eagles’ furious attempts at a fightback.
Newcastle pulled to within one (81-80) but a three from Alex Owumi (pictured) keyed a 9-2 run to reclaim their seven point advantage.
Eagles sent Wolves to the line in one last attempt to get back into the match, but it was to no avail.
In a tight first quarter the biggest lead either team could muster was just three points with Newcastle at 12-9 and Worcester at 20-17 both seeing their advantage cancelled out almost immediately.
Worcester had the last word of the opening action with a Stanley Ocitti triple to make it 23-20 to the visitors.
The Wolves were the first team to gain an advantage beyond one shot at 30-25 on Owumi’s two.
But Newcastle had the better of the rest of the half to take a slender 43-42 lead into the second half.
Worcester held a one point lead early in the third quarter on an Owumi two but trailed the rest of the period.
However, the Eagles couldn’t get much breathing room with their biggest lead being 53-48. By the end of the quarter Wolves had levelled the score at 61-61.