John Lavery insists that his Cheshire Phoenix players are not thinking about lifting the BBL Trophy, despite his side booking their spot in the semi finals.
The Nix head coach saw his side blow away EBL club Bristol Academy Flyers on Sunday night to put themselves 80 minutes away from a final showdown north of the border at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow next month.
Despite the Nix being in fine fettle, Lavery says his side are not looking beyond their next game, away against Plymouth University Raiders on Saturday, March 1.
“I know that it is a cliché but we aren’t looking past our next game and we’re not allowing ourselves to get carried away,” he said.
“There are still games to be played in the quarter finals and we don’t know who we’ll be facing in the semi’s so we aren’t thinking about winning the competition or anything like that.
“All we can do is concentrate and focus on the task in hand and see where it takes us.”
While coy about his Nix sides chances of lifting silverware, Lavery expressed his delight at his team’s performance against Bristol.
“We had a great start and were on our game straight from the off. The game was effectively over by the end of the first quarter, “ said Lavery.
“The guys responded really well to what we have talked about in training and they took on board what I said completely. It was a really pleasing and professional performance against a side who had already beaten a BBL team in the competition this season.
“All the guys played well and it was good to see Michael Creppy getting some game time and showing exactly what he can do. That’s why we brought him here.”
Lavery reserved praise for the legions of Nix fans who packed out the Northgate Arena to cheer their side on to a convincing victory.
“They were fantastic, as they have been all season,” said Lavery, whose son Sam gained some valuable court time in the Nix victory over the Flyers.
“I remember when we had one man and his dog coming to watch us. To see how all the hard work behind the scenes has paid off and the fans turn out in force is just fantastic.
“It spurs the players on and they really respond to having a full house here. The place was absolutely rocking on Sunday and that gave the guys a big lift.
“As a player, you want to be playing in front of a noisy crowd. It was so noisy on Sunday that I could hardly hear myself think. I hope that continues.”