Danny Huffor says that Cheshire Phoenix must use their Sunday night triumph over Glasgow Rocks as a springboard for the rest of their BBL season.
The Nix’s 90-81 success over the Rocks at the Cheshire Oaks Arena saw head coach John Lavery’s men take the vital head-to-head over the Rocks which could prove pivotal come the end of the season, with both sides in the play-off picture.
Cheshire now face a vital three games over the next three weeks, travelling to a resurgent Plymouth Raiders on Sunday (4pm) before back-to-back weekend clashes against Surrey Scorchers.
And with both of those teams in and around Cheshire in the league and the play-off race hotting up, Huffor knows that his side are heading into a critical time of the season.
“We still have stepping stones but we have some really important games coming up that we need to get the head-to-head in,” said Huffor, who hit a game-high 24 points and pulled in nine rebounds against the Rocks, his former club.
“We got the head-to-head with Glasgow but we are back to business now. It was a quality win for us but we have to escalate now. We can’t just keep on sitting here and just going day by day. We have to come together more and start winning these games in a stretch.”
Huffor, 28, who has emerged as one of Cheshire’s key men since arriving at the club in October, believes that togetherness in the group was the catalyst behind Sunday’s win, which helped to banish the curse of the third quarter which had become Phoenix’s Achille’s Heel of late.
“The thing we did, more than we usually do, is that we kept together,” said the guard.
“Usually we split apart and start going individually, but I felt we came together more as a group and a unit. That was huge for us and it definitely helped us over the edge in the third and fourth quarters, because we came out slow again in the third quarter.
“I want to say that our third-quarter problems are past us but I think that is still very important for us to come together more as a unit.”
And Huffor, while pleased just to see his side claim a vital win, couldn’t hide his delight at securing success over his former employers.
He said: “It’s always great getting a win against your former club. All respect to Glasgow, Sterling (Davis) is a good guy and a great coach and he has a good unit and team there. I just think we had more of an athletic edge over them.”
Cheshire are now without a home game until March 6 when they host Surrey at the Cheshire Oaks Arena (5.30pm).