Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Stand-in Worcester Wolves coach backs fixture move

Caretaker Worcester Wolves coach Guy Evans has backed the BBL’s decision to allow the club to postpone a number of fixtures while the hunt for a new boss – and replacement players – continues.

The troubled side have received a fine after pulling out of their next five scheduled games in the wake of the crisis that saw Chuck Evans depart amid allegations that he made racist comments. The 'other' Evans took over last Sunday as a squad made up primarily of Worcester’s EBL Division 4 side suffered a battering at Glasgow Rocks, despite a spirited showing.

The league has come under fire from critics who argue that the Wolves should have to carry on fielding a weakened team. However, Evans insists it would do his youthful line-up no good.

“We had to fulfil the fixture,” he said. “The club made the decision to send mostly second-team players. I don’t think it would have a positive impact on the players if it were repeated. A one-off game, we take something from it but it would be detrimental to do it again.

“I was really proud of what they did. Under the circumstances, I don’t think they could have done any better. I just hope the players recognise the positives from that game and don’t look at the scoreboard as the end all. We’re a Division 4 team who went up against an experienced BBL team on its own court. I think we represented the club well.”

Under BBL and England Basketball rules, players from a club's second-tier side can 'play up' in the senior side for a number of games per season without losing their right to represent the developmental team.


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