Captain Owumi: Wolves are the top team

SUCCESS: Worcester Wolves captain Alex Owumi in possession against Newcastle Eagles.

SUCCESS: Worcester Wolves captain Alex Owumi in possession against Newcastle Eagles.

First published in Sport

CAPTAIN Alex Owumi believes Worcester Wolves are currently the city's number one team.

Last Sunday's British Basketball League play-off final triumph at Wembley capped an historic season for the club, who also won the BBL Trophy in March.

They are the first pieces of silverware won by any of Worcester's major teams since the County won cricket's NatWest Pro40 in 2007.

Although Worcestershire have started the LV= County Championship Division Two season strongly, Worcester Warriors were relegated from the Aviva Premiership and Worcester City finished 15th in Skrill North.

Owumi feels Wolves' success has captured the imagination of the city and has put basketball on the sporting map.

"It's just a great story to think that a small city like Worcester has a professional basketball team that's growing," he said.

"We're probably the main sport in the city right now with the media attention we're getting. There's stories all over, within the fans, coaches and how players got here, and how the organisation is run."

Owumi's own story has been one of turmoil, with his harrowing time caught up in the Libya conflict of 2011 being turned into a best-seller and making national headlines.

But it was a period that changed his life forever and tasting success was a day he thought would never come again.

He said: "It's really emotional with everything I've been through in my life. Basketball has taken me to places and now to Worcester. I never thought I would be here this day but I am happy and I thank God for that.

"Overall, it was a great season. In my first season at Worcester we probably had the best team on paper for European and career experience but it didn't pan out the way I wanted it to.

"When I re-signed I knew I had to try to get a team that PJ (coach Paul James) liked and fitted our style of play."

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