HEAD coach Paul James says play-off chasing Worcester Wolves are relieved to see the end of a “nightmare” February and are ready for the “final push” in the British Basketball League.

Last month saw Wolves lose four of their eight games in a hectic schedule while missing out on a place in the BBL Trophy final.

They were also hampered by injuries with Dallin Bachynski ruled out with an Achilles tendon problem and went down to just four first-team regulars last week when three of their players earned international call-ups.

But Elvisi Dusha, Robert Gilchrist and Michael Ojo have returned to the club after representing Albania, Great Britain and Nigeria respectively.

Worcester currently lie in sixth position with 12 games remaining and need to finish in the top eight to secure their place in the end-of-season play-offs.

“Hopefully Elvisi, Rob and Mike enjoyed the experience and will come back re-energised and be ready do go again,” James said.

“There are 12 games left and we’re still not guaranteed a place in the play-offs.

“February has just been a nightmare so it is good to be able to start a new month.

“We want to try to finish as high as we can in the league and then really go for it in the play-offs.

“This is the final push now.”

But tonight's clash with second-placed Newcastle Eagles has been called off due to adverse weather conditions.

James added: "Apparently the conditions are horrendous in Newcastle so it is a very sensible decision especially with all the weather warnings that are out there. The game is likely to be reschedule for midweek in April but nothing has been confirmed yet.

"This has come at a good time for us with guys just coming back from international duty so they have now got more time to recover."