CHESHIRE Phoenix head coach John Coffino hopes that the fans realise how important they are after they cheered his side to a hard-fought triumph on Sunday night.

The Nix made it back-to-back wins at the Northgate Arena in Chester on Sunday night with a 104-98 success over Plymouth Raiders, adding to their 86-73 win at Bristol Flyers on Saturday night in the BBL.

The win moves Coffino’s men up to fourth in the league and the American believes things are clicking for his side now after a difficult start and praised the role of the Nix faithful, who packed out the Northgate once again on Sunday.

“Before I came over here they told me that there would be great crowds who were passionate about their basketball and they weren’t wrong,” said Coffino, whose side have now won three games on the bounce.

 

“I don’t know if they know how much they help us through games and how much it means to me and the players.

“They really pulled us through again last night and the players responded to that. They did what was needed and they got the strength from the fans backing them all the way.”

Coffino was pleased to see his improving side overcome a sluggish start against Bristol and a late fightback from Plymouth at the weekend to claim two victories, believing his side were now developing a winning mentality.

“The guys have experienced it all now this season, from being down heavily in a game and coming back, to holding on to lead at the end of the game,” he said.

“I said to them that it’s important for us to make sure we get used to responding to winning games, not just needing to respond when we lose.

“We are learning how to win. We’ve given away a couple of games that, looking back, we think we could have gotten something out of and should have won.

“But I’m pleased for the guys as they have done well and are getting the results that they deserve.”

Following the win over Plymouth on Sunday, Coffino reserved praise for his experienced duo of Julius Hodge and David Aliu for there roles in the win, with the latter playing through the pain barrier with an injured calf during the second half.

Coffino said: “Julius is improving with each team and his stats are showing that and the players are responding to his leadership on the court.

“It was also a great effort from David Aliu. He played through an injured calf and he inspired his team mates to help us get that win.”

The Nix are away at Manchester Giants this Sunday (6pm) in the BBL.