TWO matches in the space of 24 hours will test the strength and stamina of Paul Smith’s in-form Cheshire Jets squad this weekend.
A trip to Worcester Wolves on Saturday (7pm) is followed on Sunday by Worthing Thunder’s visit to the Northgate Arena (5.30pm).
Jets head coach Smith is hoping his side’s meetings with the BBL Championship’s big ‘Ws’ ends with two big ‘Ws’ on the board.
With the Wolves up first, Jets will aim to capitalise on the lapses of concentration which saw them lose to the Newcastle Eagles and only narrowly defeat MK Lions last weekend.
But Smith says that his players will need to learn a lesson from the way they played in the vast majority of their rollercoaster clash with the Glasgow Rocks on Saturday.
“We showed a lot of heart to turn around such a big deficit in such a short time,” said Smith.
“But if we are honest with ourselves, we stole the win. We were outplayed for over 30 minutes, which we need to look at closely and learn from.
“We have played the Wolves already this season but they are improving and making some smart changes.”
After Saturday’s tough encounter, Jets are straight into another, as Worthing take to the court at the Northgate.
Smith’s men have beaten the Thunder in their last three encounters but the coach is aware that their squad is recovering from a bout of injuries.
“The Thunder are getting some of their injured players back and they are a great all-round hustling team,” he said.
“Reggie Bratton can put up some amazing numbers so it will be very tough.”