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Worcester bounce back with victory over MK

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Worcester bounce back with victory over MK

Richie Gordon and Tommy Freeman fired Wolves to victory over MK Lions as the visitors recovered from being hammered at home to Leicester Riders only 48 hours earlier.

Richie Gordon and Tommy Freeman fired Wolves to victory over MK Lions as the visitors recovered from being hammered at home to Leicester Riders only 48 hours earlier.

The pair were on fire throughout the game with Gordon managing to harvest a stunning double-double of 29 points and 16 rebounds as Wolves got back to winning ways and avenged a heavy loss to Lions at the end of last month.

The visitors showed no signs of a hangover from their dismal home result against Riders during the opening exchanges as they raced out of the blocks to leave the home team trailing in their wake.

Led by Gordon and Freeman, they surged into a double digit lead inside five minutes as back-to-back triples by Freeman and Arnas Kazlauskas made it 17-4 in their favour.

The Lions needed a response since they were in serious danger of being blown away early and as usual, it was Demarius Bolds to the rescue as the guard launched a rescue mission to keep his team in contention.

He drained a three-pointer with seven seconds of the quarter remaining to reduce the deficit at 28-20 although early in the second period, it was still Freeman and Gordon making hay for Wolves.

With the away team leading 38-26, the duo had combined for 29 of those points and whilst looking comfortable, Wolves coach Paul James will have been relived Kazlauskas also joined the party with a big contribution ahead of half-time to ensure they still led 56-46 as they left the court.

It proved to be essential as the Lions came roaring back at the start of the second half with a quick-fire 15-7 burst which made it a one-shot game after Daniel Northern converted for the home team to reduce the gap to 63-61, although it was his great work on the glass which made a big difference.

While Worcester composed themselves and briefly streaked away to another double-digit lead, some good work by Stefan Gill and Nuno Pedroso ensured Lions came back again and only trailed 76-72 going into the final ten minutes of action.

But, they just couldn’t get over the hump in the last quarter and with Sherrad Prezzie-Blue pulling the strings before eventually finishing with a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists, Wolves managed to ease away for an important win to keep themselves on the fringes of the title race.

The loss was tough on Demarius Bolds and Daniel Northern with the former racking up 33 points and the latter pulling down 20 rebounds.

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