Aggression, passion and desire are three words dominating Manchester Giants players’ minds tonight, as they face Surrey Heat at Wright Robinson College.
The Giants – who lie in tenth place – are searching for the win after their superb performance three weeks ago, which saw them beat Heat in front of their home crowd.
After a below-average performance last weekend against Worcester Wolves, Giants stars Stefan Gill and Devan Bailey are confident they can secure victory again this evening.
“I took the loss last week very personal as I felt we collectively played with a lack of desire and heart,” said Gill.
“As always I am super motivated for tonight and after last week’s performance I know we all owe the fans a better effort.
“We are up for the game tonight like every week.”
Bailey added: “We didn’t play up to par last game and are looking to finish this season very strong.”
With playoff hopes in sight for the BBL-newboys, latest signing Nick George knows his side need to step up to the plate if they want the three points.
“We know how it to win it on paper but we are going to have to fight. It could change our season,” said George.
Third-place Surrey will undoubtedly be a tough challenge for Giants, but the players are adamant they have the right ingredients in the team to get the win.
“The difference between ourselves and Surrey is our depth,” added Gill.
“Surrey can only field six players who are effective.
“I intend to bring even more energy and aggression – if you aren’t passionate about what you do, why bother?”
Bailey added: “If we focus on playing with intensity and dominate teams with aggression, I believe we will be fine.”
New-boy George – who has slotted straight into the team – believes his teammates are on track for their first season in the league.
“I arrived into a tough situation and I didn’t expect things to change immediately,” said the Great Britain star.
“Personally, I am happy with my start and I am still adjusting on and off the court, but having great teammates and fans make things a lot easier.
“I believe we have made huge progress and responded well to adversity.”