Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Worthing's Titmuss aiming high

New Worthing Thunder coach Dave Titmuss is aiming to earn the franchise's first play-off berth this season, focusing heavily on defence to push the south coast side out of the BBL basement.

The ex-GB wheelchair supremo, who succeeded Gary Smith, put his team through its paces last weekend but admits they are under-prepared for Saturday's opener against Plymouth.

Worthing suffered a blow when Lithuanian forward Janis Ivanovskis was ruled out for up for three months due to a back injury, switching the focus to American signings Reggie Bratton, Sherrad Prezzie-Blue and Kadiri Richard.

"At the moment we are not as prepared in terms of team play as we will be in a month or two because I've not had the guys together very long, but there are some good early signs," said Titmuss. 

"None of our new guys are proven at the BBL level; in fact only Dan Hildreth, James Brame and Dan Midgley have any experience of the League, so I think there will be a steep learning curve. However, we do have very committed guys who want to make Thunder the most improved franchise in the BBL and I think we've got a shot at doing that."

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