MYSTERY surrounds whether the Mersey Tigers talismanic captain Drew Sullivan will turn out for the BBL play-off semi-final against Cheshire Jets this weekend.
The two-leg double-header takes place on Saturday and Sunday but Sullivan missed the last round after suffering an ankle injury.
And Tigers head coach Tony Garbelotto has his fingers crossed Sullivan will be fit enough to play after the Tigers scraped past Leicester Riders by two points, running with only six senior players.
“Drew Sullivan is day to day” said Garbelotto. “Every day he gets better and we are all hoping he will make it to the start line on Saturday.”
Despite four wins in five games against the Jets in all competitions, Garbelotto believes his derby rivals will be a different prospect in the play-offs.
“They have great team chemistry and resilience,” he said. “The fact they beat one of the hottest teams in the league – Plymouth, back-to-back – shows that.
“It is always tough to look past Jeremy Bell, who has had an MVP season, and Quemont Greer. I also think Matt Schneck has been a force.
“They are though, a little like ourselves in that any one of the senior players can step up and win games.
“Our problem for this weekend is not knowing if we will have a full roster and this limits what we can do from a tactical point of view.”