WORCESTER Wolves will be looking for revenge in the first of a weekend double header for BiG Storage Cheshire Jets.
The BBL Championship game tomorrow (7pm) will see hosts Wolves attempt to make amends for the 135-103 demolition they suffered at the hands of the Jets in September, thanks largely to an awesome 34-point haul from Chez Marks.
“That game bears no relevance to this one whatsoever,” insisted Jets coach Paul Smith.
“They were down a couple of players on the night and our team has changed significantly since then as well.”
An injury-plagued Jets team went down 78-62 against Scottish Rocks in their last outing, but Wolves player/coach Skouson Harker is taking nothing for granted against a Cheshire side which has shown it has teeth this season.
“They beat us pretty good and we’ll be looking to redeem ourselves,” he said. “But we’ll have more energy this time, and we’ll need to play better defence.
“Chez Marks has probably been their main player this season, but I know he’s been struggling with injury. Hopefully, he’ll be back and healthy after the break, and we’ll see a good game.”
On Sunday, the Jets will be in action at the North- gate Arena where they entertain Everton Tigers in the group stage of the BBL Trophy (5.30pm).
The teams have already met in the Championship this season, with Tigers winning 83-74 at Chester.
“I’ve seen the Tigers more than anyone else this year because they are just across the Mersey and it’s the easiest way to scout other teams,” said Smith. “They move the ball well and play outstanding team defence, particularly in the fourth quarter.”
Smith is looking forward to this year’s Trophy campaign.
“In a four-game group if you can hit form at the right time you have a good chance of making the semis,” he said.
Tigers coach Tony Garbelotto is expecting a difficult test.
“They are our local rivals and I still maintain they are better than their record suggests,” he said.
“They’re losing a lot of close games, but they have a lot of scoring threats that can really hurt you.”