There's a place in the BBL Cup semi-finals up for grabs at Northgate Arena on Sunday afternoon as Cheshire Jets host Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders.
Jets defeated fellow high-flyers One Health Sharks Sheffield last week, to the delight of coach Smith, who also had praise for the club's supporters: "It was a very tough game against a very tough team. Everybody played their part, not all of which shows in the numbers, with particular credit to our sixth man the Northgate crowd. They are very loud this season, I know the players really appreciate it and are keen to repay the support every game."
Smith's team are now top of the BBL Championship table with a 5-0 record, but coach Smith is refusing to talk about title challenges: "It's not even on the agenda. Some teams have only played one or two games! Our focus is on the hard work required each day to keep improving and reach our potential."
With Jets having won 71-66 at Riders in a BBL Championship match-up three weeks ago, Smith has a good idea what to expect on Sunday: "We played them a few weeks ago. They were very tough and have made a lot of changes which I think will make them tougher. It will be a real challenge and we are looking forward to it.
"It's difficult to say who is their key player, due to the changes they have made. J R Blount played very well last time and he looks like a high quality point guard."
Since the two teams have last met the Riders have added three new players to their ranks and with the Jets being finalists last year this should be another keenly contested game.
Tipp-Off is 5.30 with tickets avalible on the Jets Website.
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