THE Prestige Homes MK Lions get back to British Basketball League action at the weekend with a Merseyside double and a lot to prove in the new year.
Lions’ last Championship win away from home was way back in April last year when they won at London Capital - and trips to face the top two teams isn’t the ideal way for Mike New’s side to return after a 20-day break.
Table toppers Mersey Tigers are first up on Saturday for the Lions who currently sit third off the bottom of the pile. The city team have a plethora of games in hand on all those above them but four defeats from six - three of those away from home - will surely be a worry for New and chief executive Vince Macaulay.
Tigers have won all but one of their 12 games this season, but that one defeat came at Stoke Mandeville where Lions ran out 82-70 winners in their opening league game of the campaign.
That will give Lions hope that an unlikely away win is possible - although the Tigers have been in unstoppable form since that day back in October, reaching the BBL Cup final while moving clear at the top of the table.
Their nearest challengers are Cheshire Jets, who Lions visit in the second of their Merseyside double on Sunday night. They were Lions’ bogey team of last season and are responsible for inflicting their worst defeat of this term - a 112-87 victory at the new Lions Arena.
After their weekend away, the Lions enjoy four home games in the space of 14 days.