MASTER-PLANNER Robbie Peers leads his Chester Jets side into battle twice in the British Basket League championship over the weekend, but despite winning eight games in a row he insists his players need to stay hungry for success.
National Cup finalists for the first time after beating Thames Valley Tigers 106-90 in Coventry on Sunday, and leading the way in the BBL championship, everything seems to be going well for Peers and the Jets, but he is aware of how fickle fate can be.
'We're in a strong position but at this stage it counts for nothing,' he said. 'We want to win trophies but to do this we must prepare for games properly and players must stay hungry and focused.'
The Jets' next task is to face Derby Storm away on Saturday, a team they have met three times already this season and beaten by increasing larger margins. they then take on Thames Valley Tigers at the Northgate Arena on Sunday (tip-off 5.30pm)
'We've got the hoodoo over Derby but they've run good teams close and will be no pushover,' added Peers. 'And the Tigers will be looking for revenge after last week's defeat.'
Leading point scorer and nominee for November's player-of-the-month, John McCord, played for the Tigers last season but has been a relevation since his move north.
'I've been trying to sign him for years,' admitted Peers. 'I've got a good relationship with his agent and in the end I badgered John into signing.'
Peers has a full squad to choose from for the two games including one man who has been in sparkling form New York born point guard John Thomas.
'He's really enjoying it in Chester at the moment,' said Peers. 'Having five other Americans in the team is helping him along.'
'I'm always talking to agents worldwide and you've got to do your homework but there are real gems available.'
Peers' record of six straight victories last month has put him in contention for the November coach-of-the-month award, but even with his increased recognition for his efforts he hopes to finish what he's started at the Jets: 'Even though I've had other offers, I'm Chester through and through,' he said.
* The Manchester Giants have been sensationally axed by the BBL, who have cancelled their franchise.