Lions need to build on best win of season

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AFTER having a week off, Lions return to the court with a weekend double-header against sides from the bottom half of the table, hoping to maintain the sort of form that saw them thrash Worcester Wolves last time out.

Mike New’s men face British Basketball League new boys Durham Wildcats at the Lions Arena on Friday night before making another long trip north to Cheshire Jets on Sunday afternoon.

They go into Friday’s fixture sat ninth in the 11-team Championship, just two points above a Durham side who have found life in the top tier of UK basketball predictably tough so far. Their only win to date came, surprisingly, against a Jets side occupying a rather unfamiliar position of seventh as they get used to life without some of last season’s stars.

Lions need to start picking wins on the road to avoid being cut adrift in the lower half of the table, and are likely to get few better chances than away to a Cheshire side struggling for form themselves. And Lions should take huge confidence from beating Wolves – this season’s surprise package currently in second place – as convincingly as they did nine days ago.