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Manchester Giants host Worcester Wolves as they continue fight for play-off place

By Sarah Brook

Stefan Gill believes mental toughness and cohesion will give Manchester Giants the edge when they host Worcester Wolves this evening at Wright Robinson College.

The resurgent Giants – who have had two weeks off court – need another victory if they have any hopes of securing one of the final two play-off positions.

Although the Giants go into the game in 11th place, Gill is confident his team can charge to victory against sixth place Wolves.

“Our mental toughness and cohesion will be the game changer,” the point guard said. “We have proved time and time again we have the individual talent, but we all need to bring it together on the same night and consistently.

“But we are feeling confident and we have had a solid two weeks of practice and preparation.”

After the double-header two weeks ago – which saw the Giants beat Surrey Heat and narrowly lose to UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders – the BBL new-boys have undoubtedly kicked off 2013 with a bang.

However, with the Giants in a five-way battle for one of the final two post-season places, Gill admitted they have to be realistic about their goals.

“We have to look at things in perspective and although it was a great weekend, we won one game.

“Reaching play-offs has always been one of the goals and it still is but a play-off spot will only come if we focus on one game at a time,” the 5ft 9in player said.

With the Giants new signing Nick George bringing a new lease of life to the Manchester side, young star Nathan Schall is confident his team will deliver the goods tonight.

“With the home court advantage and the team being this cohesive, I think the game is ours to take provided we stay focused,” he said.

“Some of the games we should have won, we didn’t, so we have made it much tougher on ourselves for sure, but it’s by no means out of reach, and if we carry on this good form I’d say it’s likely.”

Tip off: 7.30pm at Wright Robinson Sports College, Gorton.

Picture courtesy of Jack Hinds Photography, with thanks.

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