VICTORY: The Giants bench celebrates the win over the Rocks last week. Picture: JACK HINDS jackhindsphotography.com
VICTORY: The Giants bench celebrates the win over the Rocks. Picture: JACK HINDS jackhindsphotography.com

COACH Jeff Jones was delighted to see the Giants get a result they deserved ahead of hosting Cheshire Phoenix on Sunday.

A tough stretch of fixtures had seen Giants receive little reward for their impressive performances over the past couple of weeks – most notably a two-point loss to reigning champions Leicester Riders.

But that all changed with a 98-87 success against Glasgow Rocks – and Jones hopes the shots keep falling this weekend.

He said: “After the double-header weekend and the frustration at the Leicester game it was great for the players to get the win they deserved.

“We really just carried on from last week and played some good, solid basketball.

“They have really become unselfish on the offensive end of the floor and we are really getting the shots we want, and fortunately they are going in.”

There is still work to be put in however, and Jones feels much of that will need to go towards stopping the Molten BBL Player of the Month on Saturday.

“Defensively we have gotten a bit better but there are areas we need to improve on,” Jones added.

“Cheshire have certainly strengthened on the inside with the additions they have made and Victor Moses is playing extremely well and he will be a handful for us along with their perimeter players.”

Nix coach John Lavery is aware of the threat the Giants pose.

“They are playing well at the moment and Jeff has got them playing some really good basketball and putting up good numbers, which you have to do to turn the Rocks over,” he said.

“First and foremost we have to concentrate on what we want to do offensively and defensively. We want to get off to a good start and build some momentum.”

Giants’ in-form forward DaveAliu is determined to land another win, saying: “It’s important to try and get the win in this game as last time, at their place, we lost, so in order to really put ourselves in the Play-off hunt this game is a must.

“Cheshire had the big result against Newcastle recently, which if I’m honest didn’t surprise me as Cheshire are easily one of the most talented teams in the league and once all that is put into a team performance they are going to be difficult to stop.”

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