Lions calling for strength in numbers

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LIONS chief executive Vince Macaulay is urging basketball fans to get down to the club’s Winterhill home on Friday night and help get their season back on track.

Back-to-back defeats to the British Basketball League’s top two sides has left Lions sitting third from bottom of the table with six defeats in eight games, although they do have plenty of games in hand.

Lions fell to a 90-70 defeat at Championship leaders Mersey Tigers on Friday before going down 108-106 at Cheshire Jets the following day.

Despite the team maintaining their poor away form, Macaulay said he was over the moon with the performance against Jets, and insisted head coach Mike New is not under pressure.

“We had a bad day at Tigers but we were superb against the Jets,” said Macaulay, who was keen to point to Lions’ previous 112-87 loss to the Chester side as a sign of improvement.

“We’ve changed things since that defeat and let a couple of players go, and we looked a far better team. I agree with every move that Mike has made.”

Macaulay is hoping that new guard Demarius Bolds will hold the key to consistency in 2011, and he will make his debut in Friday’s game against Glasgow Rocks. That is the first of four home games on the spin, and Macaulay says the club needs its fans to turn up in numbers now they’re settled back in MK.

“Let’s get the city behind the club and show the league what we’re all about,” he said,

Tip-off at the club’s Grafton Court home is at 7.30pm.