Manchester Giants’ Nathan Schall believes his side are getting stronger ahead of their tough double header in the British Basketball League this weekend.
The Giants play both of last season’s BBL play-off finalists, facing a trip to London Lions on Friday, before hosting champions Newcastle Eagles on Sunday.
Schall acknowledges Yorick Williams’ side have been unpredictable, winning one of their last eight games, but believes the team is continuing to improve.
“We have been a little inconsistent in our results,” the Giants forward said.
“But on the whole as a unit we are getting stronger, which I think is key for us.
“We know where we need to make the adjustments in our game, we’re going hard on the practice floor and we’ll be ready for the weekend.”
The Giants will be keen to pick up at least one victory this weekend to move on from their 91-70 defeat to Sheffield Sharks last Friday.
But encouraged can be drawn from the fact that their last win came against the London Lions, defeating them 90-82 at the end of October.
However, contests between the two teams have generally been close, and they have split their last six meetings 3-3.
In contrast, the Giants have a terrible record against Newcastle Eagles, having not beaten them in nine attempts since the Manchester side returned to BBL.
Newcastle are the reigning champions, and continue to be a BBL force this year, topping the league having won every game.
Schall has a positive outlook going into both this weekend’s game however, savoring the challenges both teams will present.
“London will come hungry for a win to make up for last time,” he said.
“They like to play quick and physical and they run the break well so I expect we’ll see a lot more of that.
“We just need to play our game, keep mistakes to a minimum and not let them dictate the tempo.
“Newcastle is a game I’m looking forward to. They’re always sharp on defence, and on offence they punish you for every mistake and missed rotation.
“We are going into the game with a defensive focus. If we can stick to our assignments and targets we’ll be in good shape.”
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