Cheshire Phoenix star Danny Huffor believes that BBL play-off glory is there for whoever wants it the most.
The Nix face league runners-up Newcastle Eagles in a two-legged play-off first round this weekend, travelling to Sport Central tomorrow night (7.30pm) before hosting the Tyneside outfit on Sunday (5.30pm) in front of what is expected to be a packed Cheshire Oaks Arena.
Huffor has been in exceptional form for the Nix of late, pouring in 38 and 29 points in his last two games, and the former Glasgow Rocks guard believes that league standings go out of the window come play-off time and says that glory at the O2 Arena in London next month is there for the taking.
"It's anybody's to grab," said Huffor.
"I think play-off time is anybody's game. It's whoever comes out to play each night, if we come hungry and we are ready to play as a unit then we have a really good chance of taking games.
"But Newcastle is a very good team, they are our first game and that is going to be a very big challenge. They are the number two team and we are number seven so they are supposed to win. But we don't look at it that way and I'm sure that they don't either. It's going to be coming down to whoever wants it the most."
Huffor is one of only two Cheshire players to have experienced the BBL play-offs before. While in major European competition and America's NBA, the British system sees aggregate scoring over two legs as opposed to a 'best of' series of games. It is a system which can prove difficult when it comes to game management, with the first leg effectively serving as half-time.
But Huffor believes that the experience that he and club skipper David Aliu have will serve them well in the post-season.
He said: "The experience is definitely going to help and that is what Newcastle has over us. There is only me and Dave (Aliu) who have been through the play-offs.
"Basically, when that game at Newcastle is over then it is only half time and we have got to come out and be ready to play another whole game. We just have to tell ourselves that we have to win each game and we should be confident.
"I've been to the BBL Cup final before where we came through adversity, so that was great. This is what I want to do, though. I've made it through to the second round before and almost made it through to the final of the play-offs. But I'm hungry for this, my teammates are hungry for this and I think we'll be fine."