James calls on Wolves to play right to the end
WORCESTER head coach Paul James insists the hosts will have to play a complete game if they are to oust Raiders from the BBL Trophy tonight (7.30pm).
It is winner takes all at Worcester University with the competition operating on a straight knockout basis this year.
James rates visiting Plymouth highly and respects their team ethos, refusing to single out any individual Raider for special attention.
He said: "Raiders have shown signs they could be one of the best teams in the league.
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"They don't have a lot of depth but what they have is very good quality in the six/seven man rotation they play.
"I think you have to guard against them as a team and not try to focus too much on any one player, as all of them have the potential to hurt you."
Raiders came out on top 87-65 when Worcester were the visitors on December 2 at the Pavilions.
But Raiders needed a final flourish to see off Worcester, with top scorer Javarris Barnett bagging all 24 of his points in the second half of an exciting clash.
It was a development not lost on James, whose side moved up to fifth in the BBL Championship standings courtesy of a 83-70 victory over Glasgow Rocks last Saturday.
James said: "We certainly out-played them (Raiders) for 34 minutes the last time we met.
"But as we know it's a 40-minute game. It doesn't really matter how you play in the early stages of the game, if you don't take advantage and finish the game off by playing until the final whistle.
"This is also a trophy game so there is plenty riding on it for both teams."