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Posted Thursday, January 11th 2018

Preview » Worcester Wolves v Bristol Flyers

Leeds Force v Bristol Flyers
BBL Championship
Friday, January 12th
Worcester University Arena

Watch LIVE on BBC Sport

Bristol Flyers look to secure back to back wins, as they take on the Worcester Wolves on Friday night (7:30pm)

Everything you need to know on Friday's opponents can be found below.


Worcester Wolves

The Worcester Wolves have been a mainstay in the BBL, having not finished below fifth place for seven years. At the height of their success, in the 2013/14 season, Wolves finished third in the league and won the double crown by becoming BBL Play-off champions and BBL Trophy winners.


HEAD COACH

Worcester Wolves’ Head Coach Paul James has been with the club since 2009 and has a very impressive resume. James has a wealth of coaching experience, coaching teams including Thames Valley Tigers, Guildford Heat and the England Senior Men’s team. With 20 years of coaching in the British professional league, James is a formidable play-caller and consistently has a well prepared team. 


LAST TIME OUT

Rohndell Goodwin's 28 points, 14 rebounds and five assists led Bristol Flyers to a 78-70 pre-season victory over Worcester Wolves at the WISE Arena.


LAST SEASON

Worcester Wolves had a relatively successful 2016/17 campaign. Despite their injuries and inconsistent play, they finished fourth in the league with a record of 20-13. Worcester also had a strong showing in the BBL Trophy, falling in the Semi-final to Plymouth. Unable to replicate their strong Trophy run, Wolves weren't able to advance passed the Quarter-finals in the BBL Cup. They entered the Play-offs as the underdog and beat the Sheffield Sharks, with an aggregate score of 155-159. In the Semi-finals they faced the dangerous Newcastle Eagles and fell short by two points. 


KEYS TO THE GAME


ONE TO WATCH

#24 George Beamon

George Beamon has been the spearhead of Worcester Wolves’ offence. It’s the American guard’s first season in the BBL, but he has already made a strong impression by earning BBL All-Star Five honours for two consecutive weeks before the New Year. 

Beamon comes into the contest averaging 15.5 points per game and has been celebrated for his ability to create offence for his teammates. 

In addition to his well-rounded offensive game, he is an impressive defender.  Beamon, at 6’4, has considerable length for his position and makes it difficult for the opposing guards to get into their offensive sets.

Beamon will be a handful on both sides of the ball and Coach K will likely want to keep the Wolves’ guard in check.


DID YOU KNOW?

Worcester Wolves lead the league in fouls with 16 per game


WATCH LIVE

Friday's game will be FREE to watch WORLDWIDE on the BBC Sport Website.

Alternatively, Walkabout Bristol will be the official venue to show the game on the big screen in surround sound and HD - click here to find out more.