BASEMENT side London Capital are up against the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets in the BBL Championship on Sunday and coach Paul Smith is hoping to capitalise on their poor form.
In contrast to Capital, Jets travel down on the back of a narrow home victory against Sheffield Sharks and Smith was pleased with how his team played.
“It was a real battle last weekend, particularly down the stretch,” he said.
“The packed Northgate Arena certainly got their money’s worth. It was good for our confidence to get a win against a good Sharks team that had hammered us a few weeks before.
“We are definitely improving and the additions of Phil Perre and Frank Phifer are proving to be good ones. Best thing for us, though, is the return to form of Calvin Davis. He had another very effective and very efficient game for us.”
Smith still expects Capital to prove a difficult test for the his team: “We had a tough battle against them a few weeks ago in the BBL Cup,” he said.
“I know they are a team with a lot of heart and hustle. They have a good guard in Marcus Knight and some long rebounders in Ibrahim Gariba and the recent addition of Ajou Deng.
“I expect an up-tempo and physical game from them which we will need to prepare hard for in training this week.
Capital coach Milek Jivens is still trying to solve his side’s on-court problems, which have left them languishing at the bottom of the BBL Championship.
He said: “We have met the Jets once this season and we did not have a good showing in the start of the game.
“We were able to crawl back into the game but ran out of steam. ‘Belief’ is the key word for us in this game.”
The London side go into the weekend at the bottom of the table having lost against both Sheffield Sharks and MK Lions last week, but Jivens, who has identified Shawn Myers as a danger man for the Jets, is refusing to hit the panic button.
“At this stage we are weighing up our options and considering what is best for the team and the organisation,” he said.
“Believe it or not, we are not panicking. We are only considering committed players who are willing to fight for the good of the team.”
The away side have targeted the Jets BBL veterans as a danger and will be doing all they can to stop them.
Shooting guard Jayson Obazuaye, Jets’ top scorer last season, has joined Marshall MK Lions. The 24-year-old played more minutes than any other player in the Championship last year.