‘Positive mindset’: David Watts backs Manchester Giants to turn losing BBL streak around

By Sarah Brook

David Watts is hoping the sports psychology session his team underwent this week is the golden ticket to help Manchester Giants seal a much needed win tonight against Durham Wildcats.

Giants will see Callum Jones return to the basketball court after six weeks out, but the BBL new-boys are without tough guys David Aliu and Mike Bernard.

The home side go into the game with just one win of their last 12 fixtures but Watts admitted his team are well prepared and are going to come out fighting.

“After suffering that many losses in a row, doubts creep in but we have to be resilient enough to keep on going,” the England international said.

“The psychology session which was spent discussing what we think defines a great team and what we can make better has restored our confidence.

“It has given us a positive mind set going into the game.”

The BBL new boys have stepped up a gear in training and Watts explained to MM how his side have used video analysis to assess their previous fixtures.

“After an intense and focused week of practice we are ready to put a stop to this losing streak,“ Watts said.

“The videos have highlighted some of the areas we need to pick up and work on and we have been putting that into practice all week to try and become a more efficient team.”

Injury-stricken Giants – who are now down to 11th in the BBL league – lie one spot below Wildcats and will need to pull out a strong performance in front of the home crowd if they want a victory.

“We are undersized without Dave Aliu and Mike Bernard but it gives us all chance to step -up and play that much harder,” Watts added.

“But tonight we will see Cal Jones back in action, after sitting out with an ankle injury. He has been playing great in practice and will defensively give us another scoring option attacking the basket.”

Tip-off is 7.30pm at the Wright Robinson Sports College in Gorton.

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