Worcester Wolves: Paul James pleased by weekend wins

Worcester Wolves beat Newcastle Eagles in the BBL final to lift the trophy in 2014

Worcester Wolves head coach Paul James believes defeating Newcastle Eagles had as much to do with his side's mindset as how the players performed on court.

Wolves brought an end to the Eagles' unbeaten start to the season on Friday, running out convincing 94-80 victors.

Newcastle, who won the BBL Cup this month for the fourth time, won their first 18 league matches this season.

"The game is played in the mind a little bit as far as Newcastle are concerned," said James.

"I think the name Newcastle comes up and teams are already 10 points down before the game has started.

"If you match them physically and mentally you give yourself a chance. That is what we did and more, and I was delighted."

Wolves currently sit second in the table, behind Newcastle, having defeated Surrey Scorchers 96-88 in overtime on Sunday.

However, James admitted his frustration of requiring a last-gasp three-point shot to force overtime against the struggling side, having led 27-14 at the end of the first quarter.

"I said to the guys after Friday's win that the weekend was only half done and we couldn't go and relax and then lose the game at Surrey," he told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

"Surrey were very unlucky not to win the game. It was frustrating to let that lead slip and that's when you need leaders out there running the team.

"Sometimes one or two guys switch off and that could be the difference between a win or loss. We need all eight, nine, 10 guys to be on their game on the day."

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