The Winston-Salem Wolves dropped their first ECBL road game of the season in a game which saw the team plagued by poor defense and lackluster offensive execution. Going into the contest, the Wolves coaching staff knew they would be shorthanded, with three of their available post players unavailable. Hickory was able to take advantage and execute more efficiently in transition to get the win.
Hickory built a lead in the first half before pulling away in the second and winning 147-116. The Wolves struggled to score for stretches during both halves and showed inconsistent defensive effort, despite glimmers of effectiveness. The lack of post play also hurt the Wolves, with Hickory outrebounding Winston-Salem 58-34, and despite being able to work the ball into the paint repeatedly in the first half, points inside were difficult to come by.
The leading scorer for the Wolves was Khadier Fulcher, guard, with 27 points, however the limited roster wasn’t enough to overcome the athleticism of Hickory.
The Wolves next look to bounce back on the road against the Carolina Chosen Lions in Winterville, NC on April 18 before returning home to face another division rival, Rowan County, on April 24 at home.