John Lavery wants Cheshire Phoenix to build on an excellent December as they prepare to hit the road for this weekend’s double-header.
Nix won four from four last month and now face away games against winless Birmingham Knights on Saturday and sixth-placed Plymouth Raiders on Sunday.
Lavery gave his in-form side an extended festive holiday and hopes his players will return refreshed and ready to keep impressing on the court.
“It’s an old cliche but we are just going to take January one game at a time,” said the head coach.
“We have had a good break and I think we need that with us having such a short rotation as a few of your guys were a bit banged up.
“We have just got to continue doing what we were doing in December and keep the momentum going.”
Nix have climbed into the top eight and go into the game with Birmingham as strong favourites but Lavery does not his players to pay any attention to the form book.
“Birmingham are improving with every game and we can’t be thinking that we have only got to turn up,” he said.
“We have to go there and be focused and play hard.”
Lavery’s side then face a long trip to Devon to take on the Raiders with the coach predicting an on-court battle.
“It is going to be tough because Plymouth are close to use in the league and have a fairly deep and talented roster,” he said.
“We have got to keep playing our basketball and I am hoping that the guys will come back from the break feeling refreshed and ready to go.”
Victor Moses, Dominique Coleman and Reggie Middleton have emerged as one of the most dangerous trios in the BBL, although Lavery has been keen to praise the contributions the rest of his roster has been making.
Nix have an imposing schedule in January with games against Newcastle Eagles, Worcester Wolves and Manchester Giants alongside a BBL Trophy tie with Leicester Riders.
“There are some huge games coming up but at the end of the day you have to play everybody at some point,” said Lavery.
“If we can keep our focus and keep playing like we have been then we will be fine.”