BIG Storage Cheshire Jets aim to play the role of party poopers in Merseyside tonight.
Paul Smith’s men head to the Greenbank Sports Academy to take on Everton Tigers (7.30pm), who will parade the BBL Cup they won after an overwhelming 103-49 victory over Plymouth Raiders last weekend.
With one piece of silverware already in the bag, the Tigers will be chasing BBL Trophy glory tonight. They know a win over the Jets would see them top their group and reach the semi-finals. But Jets are determined to stop them and they will go through to the last four if they beat the Tigers by 11 points or more and see off Leicester Riders at the Northgate Arena on Sunday (5.30pm).
Jets head coach Smith knows his team will have to be at their best to beat the Tigers.
“We need to compete for the full four quarters,” he said.
“We led for three periods last time we played them and they just turned us over in the fourth. They are a very good fourth-quarter team.
“They are excellent. They all contribute effective minutes but the keys are Richard Midgley and Andre Smith.”
While the Tigers were enjoying their BBL Cup win last weekend, Jets were busy beating Leicester in the BBL Trophy – their first victory since November.
Tigers coach Tony Garbelotto is expecting a difficult test from their local rivals tonight.
He said: “I still maintain they are better than their record suggests. They showed what they are capable of against Leicester last week. I haven’t seen the full details of the game yet, but that’s an impressive victory. They have a lot of scoring threats that can really hurt you.”
Leicester coach Rob Paternostro knows his team will be in for another difficult game on Sunday.
He said: “I think Chez Marks is one of the best scorers in the league. They have a lot of guys who can win the game for them, and we have to be ready for that.”