Leeds Force slumped to a resounding 122-66 BBL away defeat against a resurgent Worcester Wolves last night.
Force shattered Worcester’s early momentum through Aidan Appleyard’s spectacular triple – as Leeds hoped to snatch a crucial first road win of the season against the BBL Cup finalists.
But an injury-hit Force outfit struggled to keep pace with the rampant Wolves in the early stages, leaking points as Worcester charged into an early double-digit lead. Eric Curth’s silky spinning finish and a thunderous throw-down from Tavarion Nix threatened to demolish Wolves’ work as Leeds rapidly battled back.
But a lightning 15-point spurt in two disastrous minutes saw Wolves rip Leeds’ defence to shreds to bring a difficult first quarter to a close.
With Leeds teetering on the verge of submission, Worcester pounced with a barrage of timely trebles – enough to earn the home side a 26-point advantage. A miraculous effort from the determined Nix wasn’t enough to sway the tide, as Wolves poured on the points with merciless precision.
A trio of triples from Trayvon Palmer and Wolves skipper Ashton Khan’s dominating performance put a hapless Force to the sword, with only a much-awaited first basket of the season from returning Force threat George Brownell offering Leeds some solace as the half-time buzzer sounded.
Worcester continued their scorching scoring spree to begin the third period, effortlessly extending their unassailable lead – marching 50 points clear of their opponents.
The determined Rafail Tsourakis swept aside the Worcester defence – landing a pair of consecutive triples as the tenacious Force cobbled together a 10-point run before Wolves resumed their brutal battering. Leeds bravely rediscovered their offensive energy in the final period, yet couldn’t halt Worcester’s relentless attacking prowess as a remarkable seven Wolves players reached a double-digit points total. Curth’s defence-splitting bounce pass proved the highlight of Force’s scoring as their winless away run continued.