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Preview: Bristol Flyers v Worcester Wolves

Bristol Flyers v Worcester Wolves
BBL Trophy
Saturday, January 9th

Bristol Flyers face Worcester Wolves for the third time this season in the BBL Trophy on Saturday night (7.30pm tip-off).

All the key information on Saturday’s BBL opponents can be found below

The Wolves were originally formed in May 2000 by Roger Clarke and Mick Donovan. Having come runners up to Bristol in NBL Division three in their first season, the Wolves were promoted, and after two bottom half finishes, the 2003-4 season saw them take the Patron’s Cup, runners up in the league, and win the play-off final against London Capital to gain promotion to Division One. The Club entered the BBL in 2006, and since then have won both the BBL Play-Offs and the BBL Trophy. Wolves have had a great season so far, sitting third in the BBL with a 12-5 record.

Paul James – A veteran of the British basketball scene as a former player for his hometown team Leicester All-Stars in the 80s, James moved into coaching at Bracknell Tigers before making his name at Guildford Heat. James was named BBL Coach of The Year following a league and cup double in 2007, before leading the club into European competition the next season. Leaving Heat in 2009 James was then appointed Wolves head coach later that year. James' achievements were recognised when he was appointed Head Coach of England Senior Men’s Team in early 2010.

Perris Blackwell - The 6ft 9in Power Forward was Coach James’ third new signing this summer as part of a new era for the club, which saw just one player retained from last season’s squad. The California native began his professional career last year in Chile with Osorno, averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds per game. Blackwell has had a hot start to life in the BBL, so far averaging 18.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.

Taking charge of Saturday’s game will be Andy Thackray, Haydn Jones and Gavin Williams

Flyers faded in the final quarter to a 70-83 loss to Wolves back in November - Click here to watch the highlights.

SOLD OUT - No tickets available on the door.

Bristol Flyers fell to the Worcester Wolves during pre-season, in a behind-closed-doors fixture by just one point, where Perris Blackwell was able to score the tip-in on the buzzer, 75-76.