Zak Wells has warned Newcastle Eagles to expect the fight of their lives with a place in next month’s BBL Cup final on the line.
The London Lions star insisted tonight’s decisive semi-final second leg is there for the taking despite watching his side slump to a seven-point defeat in the capital last weekend.
And Wells is confident the visitors can repeat October’s double-digit win against Newcastle to book a final showdown against Glasgow.
“We have a big challenge ahead of us being down by seven and having to play away,” he admitted. “But it sure is one challenge we are ready for.
“There are some slight adjustments we need to make but for the most part I think we are satisfied how we played in the first leg on Sunday.
“We were getting good open shots a lot of the times but we did struggle from behind the arc.
“Most importantly there is no one within our camp that has any doubt we are capable of progressing to the finals and we will be giving it our all against the Eagles.”
Fab Flournoy’s men have won nine of their last 10 matches against the Lions.
The single loss came in the league nine weeks ago as London became the first and only side to take points from Sport Central this season.
Newcastle went down 88-78 on the way to surrendering their 100% record only to bounce back with a nine-game winning streak.
Tonight’s clash is the biggest of the season so far for both teams and former Leicester star and Lions scorer Rashad Hassan added: “Everyone has played in big games in the BBL, whether it be Cup, Trophy, Play-Off Finals or winning the league.
“Everybody has done that so we know what it takes to go to the next level.
“On top of that, we all know that in order to win, we have to be unselfish and share the same goal.”
It was that attitude which underpinned October’s win at a time when the Lions looked like credible contenders for the league title.
But the Londoners have lost two of their last three games – both to Newcastle – and the Eagles will be in no mood to surrender their seven-point first leg lead.
Forwards Scott Martin and Christian Behrens are both injury doubts after missing Sunday’s win.
And Flournoy knows the Lions have spent all week working on new ways to exploit the Eagles’ limited size should neither of their big men recover.
The Sport Central action tips off at 7.30pm with tickets still available.
Source : Chroniclelive