DERBY day for the Cheshire Jets has never been as important as it is tomorrow as they travel to face Everton Tigers needing a win to maintain their push for the top-four.
Jet head coach Paul Smith has always treated the derby against the formidable Tigers as a big match.
But at Greenbank Academy tomorrow, the Jets will try to widen the gap between themselves and Tony Garbelotto’s sixth-placed side and take one step closer to a home tie in the BBL Championship playoffs.
“I went to see the Tigers on Monday night and they looked in good form,” said Smith.
“They will be up for this. We have beaten them twice already this season and they will not want to be whitewashed.”
The Jets are on a superb run, having not lost in the Championship for six games, despite having to deal with defeat in the BBL Trophy final.
They have been without talismanic skipper James Hamilton throughout that run and last week lost Chez Marks to injury as well.
“Chez is 50-50 for the Tigers game,” said Smith.
“James has a few weeks yet before he can think about coming back.
“In the past injuries like that would have hurt us but these guys have raised their game and to maintain this run has been a fantastic effort.”
Sunday sees Newcastle Eagles visit the Northgate Arena for the first time since Fabulous Flournoy’s men outclassed the Jets in the Trophy final.
“It is always nice to have them down,” said Smith.
“The final was a measure of where the two teams are but we are working to close that gap and we have the motivation of that home tie and the top four or even top three place to spur us on.
“If we end the season with no silverware but a third-place finish, that is real progress from eighth last season and 11th the season before.”