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Basketball star David ‘Tintin’ Watts insists Manchester Giants need top form to beat Mersey Tigers in BBL

By Sarah Brook

Manchester Giants will be looking to bounce back after suffering three successive defeats as they face Mersey Tigers tonight at Wright Robinson College.

Both teams go into the North West derby in need of a win, with the Giants suffering losses against Newcastle, Plymouth and Glasgow and the Tigers opening their season with four heavy defeats.

The BBL new boys are back in front of their home crowd – after three long road trips – but England international forward David Watts knows that his team need to perform well to secure the win.

“If we come and play in first gear, we could be embarrassed and we need to avoid that,” Watts told the BBL website.

“We need to refocus and get back on track as a unit, playing hard and smart.

“After a few losses we’re eager to get back to winning and winning in the right way, playing our kind of basketball,” he added.

Giants’ coach Jeff Jones is also determined that his side will be able to rebound from their previous losses and deny Tigers their first points of the season.

“Obviously they have been struggling this season and we certainly don’t want to be the ones they get a win against,” said Jones.

“Complacency is the watch word for the week and we have a few guys that are from there and played for them so they will be fired up to face their old team,” he added.

The Giants will be looking to put Sunday’s defeat to Glasgow Rocks, which knocked the Giants out of the BBL Cup, behind them and get back to winning ways, and tip-off is at 7.30pm.

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