WORCESTER Wolves missed the chance to reach a second final of the season as they lost 161-152 on aggregate to Sheffield Sharks in the BBL Trophy semi-final.

In December, Wolves eked out a tough win at Sharks to progress through to the BBL Cup final.

But on Sunday they were unable to repeat their heroics as Sheffield’s 75-66 success, coupled with last Wednesday’s 86-86 first-leg tie in Worcester, sent them through to March’s Trophy Final in Glasgow 161-152 on aggregate.

With Dallin Bachynski sitting out his fifth game in a row, Wolves faced a height disadvantage that they were unable to overcome.

By early in the second quarter their hosts had posted double the points at 34-17 and had already stacked up nearly treble the rebounds at 17-6.

Though rallying after half-time to draw the scores closer, sufficient damage had been done to leave too big a hill to climb.

Sheffield had blitzed to a 14-4 lead by midway through the initial quarter before a couple of Alex Navajas scores aided a 14-13 revival.

But another Sharks burst soon extended matters back out to 23-15.

On numerous occasions Sheffield were allowed second, and even third, chance shot attempts after scooping up offensive rebounds.

A handful of points from Trayvon Palmer, George Beamon and Brandon Parrish were the only contribution to the Worcester side of the scoreboard as they struggled to a 31-47 half-time deficit.

Three baskets and two made free throws for Michael Ojo as the third period expired trimmed Sheffield’s advantage to 60-53 and gave a flicker of hope to a large turnout of travelling supporters.

But any dreams of victory were cruelly dashed by a series of unopposed drives to the hoop from Sharks’ guard duo Chris Alexander and Edgar McKnight and ongoing inside dominance by their big men.

In a closely-refereed match, Wolves’ were whistled for their third technical foul in the final minute of the evening to put the lid on a disappointing defeat.

Beamon top-scored with 21 points. Navajas tallied 13 points, followed by 11 for Ojo.