The current Cheshire Phoenix roster is too talented to be near the foot of the BBL table, says their general manager.

James Brice is looking for an improvement in results following head coach Colin O’Reilly’s departure.

Brice has taken temporary charge of coaching duties while a replacement for O’Reilly is found.

Cheshire travel to Glasgow Rocks for their final game of 2016 on Friday night (7.30pm) in a match which will be shown live on the BBC Sport website and app.

And Brice said: “We like the team we have and I think we just need a different direction. It just wasn’t working with Colin, something wasn’t right.

“At the club we feel we have the right group of players and the right amount of talent to do something.

“Right now we are in a position we don’t think we should be in and have the quality to get out of it.”

Caretaker Cheshire Phoenix coach James Brice talks to the players during the heartbreaking defeat to Sheffield Sharks

The Nix went down to a gut-wrenching 82-79 defeat at Sheffield Sharks last Wednesday which left them 10th in the British Basketball League standings with three wins from 13 matches.

Unlike against the Sharks, Brice will not be on the sideline in Glasgow due to a prior arrangement to travel with the club’s junior side to Germany.

But he expects Cheshire to build on the positives they showed against Sheffield when a result was snatched away from them at the buzzer.

And the Nix GM believes a victory could prove a ‘huge’ boost to the group.

Brice said: “I think we started with good energy against Sheffield and are going to try to do the same against Glasgow.

“Winning is huge and when we get one it’ll be a huge breakthrough and the sooner we get it the better. We want to win every game.

“We are just focusing on what we do and how we play rather than the result.”

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