Wolves Improve To 7-2 With Win Over DC Heat

Niquan Cousins Winston-Salem Wolves

For the second time this season, the Wolves took on a #1 ranked team in the ECBL and came away with a victory. Previously, the Wolves had travelled to Rock Hill, SC during a tough road stretch to take on the PrimeTime Players, who were ranked #1 in the ECBL power rankings at the time.

Sunday the Wolves hosted the currently #1 ranked DC Heat, who came into the game undefeated on the season (save for one forfeit loss) while the Wolves came into the game ranked at the #2 spot.

The Wolves jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, leading by as many as 9 points, but the DC Heat were able to close the gap in the second and the game became a back-and-forth affair with multiple lead changes. The Heat led by 4 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Heat raced out to a 17 point lead, with the Wolves appearing out of sorts, taking ill-advised deep shots at times and not focusing defensively. Despite holding the leading scorer for the Heat, Cory Moore, to a modest game, the Wolves struggled and it appeared that the game was quickly getting out of reach.

However, a late third quarter surge, fueled a 17 point comeback and the Wolves closed the deficit heading into the final quarter.

During the fourth, both teams continued to battle for the lead, but momentum slowly moved to the Wolves, as their defense created multiple turnovers, which they were able to capitalize on. Sharp shooting down the stretch sealed the win for the Wolves, 110-102 and handed the DC Heat their first on-court defeat of the season.

The Wolves improved to 7-2 on the season, and with four games remaining before the playoffs, the team once again looks poised to make a playoff run.

Winston-Salem Wolves Improve to 4-1 With Home Win

The Winston-Salem Wolves continued their pursuit of a repeat conference title with a win over the Carolina Chosen Lions, 128-117.

It was a tough game for the Wolves as they continue to be plagued by slow starts, and the team trailed for most of the game, despite a last-second three-pointer just before the half to take the lead. The Chosen Lions continued to hold a small lead throughout the third quarter, before the Wolves grabbed the lead in the fourth and maintained that lead for most of the remainder of the game. In the final 3 minutes, the Wolves asserted their will with multiple defensive stops and quickly built an 11-point lead to close out the game.

The win moves the Wolves to 4-1 on the season as the team remains on top of the ECBL Northeast Division, with Rowan County a close second.

The Wolves now face a tough road schedule, starting with back-to-back games at league leading PrimeTime Players in Rock Hill, SC and then facing the Fayetteville Panthers in Hope Mills, NC.

Although the Wolves have already faced Fayetteville once this season, this will be the first meeting between PrimeTime and Winston-Salem since the 2019 ECBL Championship Game, which PrimeTime won.

The Wolves will then face ECBL newcomer Kingdom Life on March 30 before returning home to face another power team, the DC Heat on April 30.

Wolves Win Season Opener At Home

The Winston-Salem Wolves began ECBL league play for 2024 at home on February 18 and secured a win against the SC Upstate Redhawks 141-116.

The Wolves, defending conference regular season champions, led throughout the game, which included a 14 point halftime lead following a last-second deep shot from guard Brandon Schlosser.

During the third quarter, the Wolves saw their lead dwindle to just two points as the Redhawks stormed back – however, the comeback was short lived as the Wolves deep shooting was too much for the Redhawks to overcome and Winston-Salem pulled away again in the fourth, building a double-digit lead that they never relinquished.

The win moves the Wolves to 1-0 on the season and is a great start in an attempt to make another run to the playoffs and conference title.

Home games for the Wolves are broadcast live on Tobacco Sports Radio and select AM/FM outlets.

The Wolves travel to Salisbury on February 24 to face the Rowan County Bulls.

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Wolves Season Ends With Playoff Loss To Capitals in OT

Hope Mills, NC – The Wolves suffered a disappointing and season-ending loss to the NC Capitals in the second round of the 2023 ECBL Playoffs, coming in as the #1 seed and the regular season champions of the Northern Conference.

The Wolves, who have relied this season on strong outside shooting and creating turnovers and fast break opportunities with defensive perimeter play, were inconsistent in the first quarter from deep and struggled to gain traction as the Capitals moved the ball inside and were able to get quality looks from both the interior and midrange. At the end of the first quarter, the Wolves trailed 26-24.

The second quarter saw more of the same, as the Wolves kept the game close but still couldn’t find their outside shooting touch as consistently as they normally had throughout the season. Big shots from Mike Hughes and Calique Jones helped cut the lead to a manageable distance, but the Wolves still trailed at the half, 54-48.

The third quarter saw a resurgence of the perimeter defense and high octane offense that has been the Wolves calling card this year – the Wolves finally managed to take the lead after multiple defensive stops and then capitalizing with points. However, sloppy turnovers by the team allowed the Capitals to recover, and the game was tied at the end of the 3rd quarter 78-78.

The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth battle for the lead, but in the final minute, the Wolves season seemed to near the end as the Capitals built a 3 score lead. The Wolves created defensive turnovers and scores in under a minute to cut the lead to one, then fouled to put the Capitals on the free throw line, where they sank both shots. With 3.4 seconds on the clock, Wolves guard Mike Hughes drove to the top of the key, faked, then drained a three to send the game into overtime, and extended the Wolves season into another period.

The overtime period, wasn’t kind to the Wolves as their shooting – both from deep and from the free throw line – went cold. The team went several minutes without scoring and the Capitals were able to consistently get enough buckets to extend a lead the Wolves couldn’t overcome, and as the buzzer sounded, the Capitals took the win 120-111 and moved on the Northern Conference championship game.

The Wolves finished 9-4 on the season, winning the Northern Conference regular season and having made their third playoff appearance in four seasons.

Next up for the Wolves are summer tournaments and workouts, and the roster generally shifts based on the events, player availability and coaching decisions.

Wolves Defeat Petersburg, Win Regular Season Title

The Winston-Salem Wolves defeated the Petersburg Cavaliers in a showdown for both the Northern Conference regular season title and a #1 conference playoff seeding into the 2023 ECBL playoffs.

Heading into the game, the Petersburg Cavaliers were riding a five-game win streak and held an advantage with a 9-2 record versus the Wolves 8-3 record. Both teams had already clinched a bye in the first round of the playoffs, but if the Wolves could win the head-to-head matchup, both teams would finish with identical records and the Wolves would hold the tiebreaker, thus clinching the regular season title.

Winston-Salem jumped to an early 12 point lead behind the hot shooting of Mike Chambers, Mike Hughes, Niquan Cousins and Calique Jones; however, defensive pressure and turnovers allowed Petersburg to mount a comeback and tie the game at the end of the first quarter 26-26.

Petersburg was able to continue their momentum into the second quarter – as both teams battled for the lead, Petersburg held the advantage at the half 54-49.

The third quarter saw the teams trade the lead multiple times, with Winston moving back in front just before the end of the third, 83-81, on a Mike Chambers driving layup in traffic.

The fourth quarter was a high-octane push between both teams to gain the advantage, but near the four minute mark, Winston-Salem forced multiple turnovers and capitalized with either three pointers or driving layups on the break. As the two-minute mark approached, Winston held a sizable advantage, but two quick threes in the final minute – as well as some sloppy plays by the Wolves which led to turnovers – cut the lead and gave Petersburg a chance to close the gap.

The Wolves we able to secure two critical defensive rebounds in the last 30 seconds to then hold the ball and secure the win.

This win gives the Wolves their second Northern Conference regular season title – the previous coming in their 2019 inaugural season – and gives the Wolves the #1 seed for the Northern Conference playoffs, which start June 10 in Fayetteville, NC. The Wolves have also now made the playoffs in three of their four active seasons.

Wolves Clinch Division With Win, Set Up Showdown For Title

The Winston-Salem Wolves clinched the ECBL Northeast Division with a win over rival Rowan County, 117-112, and simultaneously setting up a showdown with the Petersburg Cavaliers for the Northern Conference regular season title on June 4.

The Wolves entered the game with three significant players missing from the day’s roster: Jahlil Rawley, Mike Hughes and Chuck Gamble. The three guards, in combination with Mike Chambers, have been one of the most potent backcourts in the ECBL this season, so the Wolves would need to make adjustments to play with a different lineup than the one that has garnered so much success this season.

The modified roster struggled early, as hot shooting from Rowan County quickly built a sizable 15 point lead in the first quarter and the Wolves failed to score to keep pace. Head coach Antonio Robinson was forced to call an early timeout in an attempt to reorganize the defense and adjust, and the Wolves responded with a late run to close the gap, trailing by 6 at the end of the first quarter.

The Wolves were able to find their footing in the second quarter and surged back to take a brief lead, however Rowan County’s scoring touch kept the game tight and the score was tied at the half, then again at the end of the 3rd quarter.

The final quarter was a back-and-forth battle as the team traded the lead multiple times, but in the final two minutes the Wolves were able to get key defensive stops and score on back to back trips, with a deep shot from Joshea Singleton that gave the Wolves the lead for good. The Wolves closed out the game with a win, and that win sets up a final home game with not only playoff implications but the regular season title on the line for the Northern Conference.

The Petersburg Cavaliers played in the second day of of a back-to-back against the Hickory Hoyas, in a game rescheduled from earlier in the season, and the Cavs got the road win, which means they currently hold the best record in the North at 9-2. The Wolves are one game back at 8-3, but if the Wolves defeat the Cavs at home on June 4, they would hold the head-to-head advantage and both teams would finish with equal records. This means that the winner of that final game will be the regular season Northern Conference champion, with the winner also being the number one conference seed in the playoffs.

The Wolves have now made the playoffs in 3 of 4 seasons (the 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic) and is looking to be one of the top contenders for the ECBL title this season: Petersburg, Winston-Salem, Carolina Thunder (SC), PrimeTime Players and the Bishopville Devils are all having outstanding seasons. In the ECBL Mid-Atlantic, the Western Mass Zombies and the Hartford Shockers are battling for the regular season title.

Wolves Drop Home Game to Hickory

Winston-Salem Wolves vs Hickory Hoyas on May 7, 2023

The Winston-Salem Wolves dropped a home game against the visiting Hickory Hoyas, who came into the game in a must-win situation in their hunt for the playoffs.

The Wolves, who clinched a playoff spot with their win last week over the Carolina Chosen Lions, were looking to maintain their tie for first place in the Northern Conference, as the top two seeds have a first-round bye in the postseason.

Coming into the game, the Wolves were missing starting guard Mike Hughes and forward Trey Carrier, but were still looking to hold home court serve in the playoffs. The Hoyas held a 1 point lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Wolves were able to get back to back defensive stops in the second which led to fast break points, and led at the half 53-44.

The Wolves continued to hold their lead throughout the third quarter, with scoring coming from guards Jahlil Rawley, Chuck Gamble and forward Niquan Cousins.

However, in the fourth, it appeared the Wolves hit the wall and sloppy turnovers allowed Hickory to take advantage and come from behind to get the win, 106-98.

The Wolves next face another division rival, the Rowan County Bulls, at home on May 21. With only two games left in the regular season, the Wolves are looking to close out strong prior to the postseason.

Wolves Win Fourth Straight, Clinch Playoff Spot

The Winston-Salem Wolves become one of two teams from the ECBL Northern Conference to clinch 2023 playoff spots after a 142-110 home win over the Carolina Chosen Lions.

The Wolves established an early lead in the first quarter and were able to maintain a 10 point advantage for most of the first half, leading 59-51 at the break.

The Chosen Lions came out quickly in the second half, getting a couple of quick buckets before the Wolves were able to re-establish their margin.

Wolves guard Mike Chambers suffered a cut over his left eye midway through the third quarter, and was forced to leave the game. This caused a few moments of adjustment for the Wolves, but they quickly settled in and the team seemed sparked by the injury to their teammate, pulling ahead 103-77 heading into the fourth.

The final score of 142-110 belies how effectively the Chosen Lions were able to keep the game close in the first half. The win puts the Wolves into the postseason for the third time in four seasons of the franchise existence, along with the defending ECBL champion Petersburg Cavaliers.

The Blackout Game – April 30, 2023

GAMEDAY is Sunday, April 30! 4 PM at The Bond Center in Winston-Salem – the Wolves return home after a four game road stretch to face the Carolina Chosen Lions in The Blackout Game. Wear black to the game to show your support of the team returning home!