Everton head coach Tony Garbelotto has ordered his side to toughen up after back-to-back losses to Cheshire and Newcastle compounded the Tigers disappointing start.
The Merseyside outfit, who return to Greenbank Sports Academy to host Worcester on Friday, are counting on American point guard Steve Rush to finally receive his work permit and make his often-delayed debut.
However Garbelotto, who has criticised the BBL’s referees for corralling his players, insists an improved defensive showing is the top priority against the struggling Wolves.
“For me, these next two games are must-wins,” he said. “We cannot afford to drop any more games if we want to be considered a top team. We can score 90 points on almost any game. Our challenge is simple, to stop other teams from scoring.
“After a really solid week of preparation where we will really start getting into our defensive stuff I feel we will be ready. We are like a sieve at the moment - just leaking baskets.”
Friday sees the return of former Tiger Chuck Evans to Greenbank, in his new role in charge at Worcester.
“They are pretty deep in the back court and have a few guys that can really shoot the ball, so it will be important for us to play with intensity right from the start,” Garbelotto added.