Tony Garbelotto has challenged his players to overcome the disappointment of last weekend’s double defeat in order to breathe new life into his side’s play-off hopes.
Last Friday the Tigers were knocked out of the BBL Trophy after a tense 2nd leg semi final against Newcastle Eagles.
That was followed up on Sunday evening with a defeat in the BBL to potential play-off rivals Worcester Wolves.
This weekend offers an opportunity to put those results behind them at Worthing Thunder on Saturday before travelling to high flying Sheffield Sharks on Monday evening.
Garbelotto sees the game as a chance to put a few things right from last weekend, with stopping the Thunder's talismanic Reggie Bratton being a high priority:
“It is tough to say how we will match up with Worthing, as we were very lucky in the last game against them. They are as talented offensively as anyone in the league, and we are going to have to start playing with some real fight and spirit if we want to win this type of game.”
The Tigers will take confidence into the game in the steel city on Monday from the fact they won the last time out against Sheffield 73-61 at the Echo Arena.
Whilst that game's leading scorer, Flo Larkai, has departed from Merseyside, Garbelotto, has since added former League MVP Trey Moore, British guard Adam Williams and American Marcel Jones, to his roster.
The Tigers play-caller knows that at this stage of the campaign results are paramount if the Tigers are to reach the end of season shake up in good form:
“We want to prove to ourselves and our fans that despite the knocks we’ve taken recently we still have a lot to play for this season and we intend on focussing all our efforts on ending the season on a high.”