BiG Storage Cheshire Jets are out for revenge against Sheffield Sharks when the teams meet again at Northgate Arena on Sunday (5.30pm tip-off).
When the Jets travelled to Sheffield last month, the Sharks hammered them 109-78 and Jets coach Paul Smith admitted that his team were outplayed.
He said: “It was the worst Jets performance I’ve been involved with. They completely outplayed and out-hustled us from minute one to minute 40.
“Sherman Rivers is an excellent guard and runs the team very well but it was the big guys, Gorman and Sanders, who caused us the most problems. They can step out and shoot it and are very active on the boards. We need to rebound to have a chance.”
Sharks’ player-coach Atiba Lyons believes his team will face more of a challenge this time around.
He said: “Chester are a much stronger team than what was shown that night. I know they won’t have another performance like that, especially as they have made some changes to their roster and strengthened their team.”
Jets suffered another defeat last Friday evening, this time at the hands of league champions Newcastle Eagles in the BBL Cup, losing 112-92.
Smith said: “We played very well in parts but our heads dropped when they had a run on us and that cost us the game. I was pleased with Phil Perre’s debut and there were signs that we are coming together.
“It’s a tough place to go and a good learning experience.”
Smith brought former Scottish Rocks forward Perre to the club days before the game and he is delighted with his new signing.
He added: “We lack intensity and aggression and Phil Perre brings that to every game. I have been an admirer of his game for many years, and we’ve tried to sign him previously so I am pleased to have finally got him.”
Lyons singles out Perre and guard Chez Marks as men his Sharks side must watch on Sunday.
“Marks is one of the better scorers in the BBL and Alto Virgil is a versatile guard,” he said. “Now with Perre they have added even more scoring to a high-octane offence.”