Match Report: Cheshire Phoenix manage to fight off Wolves

Cheshire Phoenix was on fire at Northgate! Pic: Cheshire Phoenix

Cheshire Phoenix were on fire taking their seventh win in a row! Pic: Cheshire Phoenix

PHOENIX fans take a bow as yet another home win with a 97:86 victory against current second place Worcester Wolves.

It was another solid performance for hosts Cheshire Phoenix as last night they gained their seventh win in a row flaunting their impressive progress in the BBL Champions at Northgate Arena.

Cheshire Phoenix blasted into a 35 point opening quarter as Wolves shooting let them down ending on an impressive 18 point lead at 35:17 to the nix.

Julius Hodge returned after injury with a bang battling through players and driving towards the basket as usual.

Mike DiNunno managed to squeeze through the impossible racking up 12 points for the team and led by Taylor King who effortlessly slotted them in with clear range.

One fan, Tony Murphy, Chester said: “I think the Wolves consistency let them down, none of their three pointers seemed to fall for them.”

Head coach Paul James saw his team slowly crawl back in the third quarter however with 12 points separating them, but the rowdy nix crowd were not disappointed as the game took a turn in the their favour with Demond Watt slamming in a run of doubles grabbing the rim.

Tensions began to rise with an ill-tempered clash between the two teams and fouls building up during the last quarter with both King, Aliu and DiNunno left with three fouls as the game turned scrappy.

Another fan Tom Letford, 21, Chester, said: “I was on the edge of my seat screaming, just hope we manage to keep it up for next week.”

Chalvis Holmes scored 22 points with six assists for Wolves while Alex Owumi ended the night on a game-high of 30 points.

Taylor King produced a strong 27 points for Phoenix followed up by Demond Watt with 18 points and an impressive 12 rebounds.

Coach John Coffino said: “Tonight the boys in blue answered the call and met the challenge against a top tier team. Much respect to Worcester. Biggest game of the season is now vs London Lions, fans were outstanding at the gate once again.”

Cheshire Phoenix faces London Lions next week at home with a potential win leaving them in joint second with Worcester Wolves.

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