DURHAM WILDCATS’ playcaller Lee Davie is still trying to digest his teams’ mixed fortunes last weekend.
The north-east club crashed at home in a real shootout with play-off rivals Manchester Giants, but then made amends by beating another big rival in the shape of Glasgow Rocks a mere 48 hours later to claim a historic first win at the Emirates Arena.
“We’re all disappointed with last Friday’s result because to score over 100 points in any game and not come away with a win is very frustrating,” said Davie.
“But I suppose putting a positive spin on it all, we were very good on one side of the ball and with greater concentration, we knew we could execute better defensively, during our trip to Glasgow.
“As a club, it was our first ever win in Glasgow and it couldn’t have come at a better time from a coaching perspective.
“It was great to see all our guys show up and perform well when we needed them most.”
Certainly two losses last weekend would have been hard to bear and possibly threatened to derail the clubs’ play-off prospects.
Now they can at least face up to title-chasing Sheffield with much more relish and less pressure - even though Davie is acutely aware of how much of a challenge it will be to topple the Yorkshire side, who won at Newton Aycliffe only a couple of weeks ago.
“The Sharks are always a tough proposition since Coach Lyons has his group well prepared and with a great game plan for every time they play,” he acknowledged.
“We need to dictate the pace of the game since they will probably want to keep the game in the half court, with the score in the low seventies.
“For us to get out and force the tempo, we need to disrupt their half courts sets to get as many deflections, steals, defensive rebounds as possible and then run them back for easy scores.”
Durham host Sheffield at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre on Sunday, tip-off 4pm. For ticket information, visit godurhamwildcats.com