Everton Tigers’ head coach Tony Garbelotto says his side can’t dwell on their destruction of Newcastle Eagles in the BBL play-off semi-finals - insisting the job is not complete.
The Merseysiders club upset the odds and beat the Eagles twice last weekend to put them one step away from becoming playoff champions and make up for the team’s fifth place in the league.
Garbelotto insists the achievement against the BBL’s dominant force won’t be recognised if the team don’t go on to beat Glasgow Rocks in the final at Birmingham this Saturday – the Tigers’ second in three seasons as a professional club.
He said: “The team is playing at it’s very best at the moment. I think Newcastle weren’t prepared for the level we were playing at and we fully deserved our victory over two legs.
“No-one has achieved that sort of result against the Eagles in the last few years, but that will be to no avail if we don’t beat Glasgow in the final. The job will only be done when we bring home the play-off trophy.”
And he also praised the impact of Kevin Bell in spurring the Tigers to seven consecutive wins to tee up a season finale, adding: “Since Kevin l has come back we have clicked in a way which we hadn’t managed up to now.
“Kevin’s helping scoring easy baskets, giving us confidence, as well as letting Trey Moore really play to his level. All the team are focussed and we are playing at a peak intensity in defence to make us almost unpressable – closing down shooters, getting to the ball first and winning rebounds.”