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Ben Eaves insists Manchester Giants not prepared to accept play-off dream over as Worcester Wolves next up

By Sarah Brook

Manchester Giants forward Ben Eaves insists they are not mentally prepared to lose ahead of their must-win clash against Worcester Wolves tomorrow.

With just nine wins from 28 games, tenth-placed Giants are relying on two solid wins and other teams in the league to lose to re-ignite their play-off push.

The BBL-new-boys’ rollercoaster of a season has taken its toll, but ‘Big Ben’ Eaves believes they have one last shot at turning it around.

“I am not sure anyone is prepared to not make play-offs,” the 6ft 7in player said.

“We have had many disappointing moments this year so we don’t need any more.

“All our focus has to be on winning. Nothing else.”

Giants – who have not beaten Wolves this season – will have to deliver something spectacular if they are to get the victory against the fourth-placed side.

After a frustrating spell of games for the Manchester team, Eaves admitted team cohesion and positivity will be the difference between a win and a loss this weekend.

“I hope we can click together a little more than last week and take Worcester out of their comfort zone,” he said.

“We need to be in sync and keep positive. We need to hit first. You can’t slow against teams like that.”

Giants will then need nothing short of a miracle on Sunday evening at the Wright Robinson College as they face top-of-the-table Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders.

A loss on Sunday would be the icing on the cake for Giants’ rocky season and dynamic David Watts said it would be an upsetting blow for his side.

“Every loss at home is devastating, we don’t want to let our fans down,” the England international said.

“Losing on Sunday would be so hard to deal with. I don’t want to even think about it.”

Tip-off is on Saturday March 23 at 7pm at Worcester University.

Picture courtesy of Jack Hinds Photography, with thanks

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