Jay Marriott admits it will take something special for Plymouth Raiders to force their way into the BBL Play-offs.
Inconsistency has been the issue for Raiders all season, and it was evident once more last weekend, as a positive performance against Worcester Wolves – albeit in defeat – was followed by an unrecognisable display two days later at Cheshire Phoenix.
London Lions are the visitors to Plymouth Pavilions on Sunday, and while his team are now an outside bet to advance to the post-season, Marriott has not given up hope.
“I felt we played great Friday and with a little more poise in areas felt we were the better team, so was really proud of our performance against a top, top team, but our struggle for consistency showed through Sunday where we just looked a different team. Very frustrating,” said the Raiders coach.
“At this point in the Play-off race we are very much on the outside looking in, bar a very successful run of games we have left ourselves probably too much to do.
“If we found consistency then we always have a chance, but right now it’s a struggle.”
Lions themselves have struggled to hit the high notes as regularly as they would like, but have managed to climb to fifth position.
Vince Macaulay’s side face Manchester Giants on Thursday, before heading south, and will not be short of motivation, coming off a disappointing BBL Trophy semi-final defeat.
Marriott added: “What’s dangerous about London right now is they have had a mini dip in form and they always bounce back strong.
“They are extremely physical and athletic, never taking a play of, they will hound us for sure.”
Last time they met:
Plymouth Raiders 65 London Lions 89 (BBL Championship, Plymouth Pavilions, 25 Jan 2015)
What they say:
Lions coach Vince Macaulay: “Plymouth are a very offensive-minded team.
“They like to get up and down and keep the scoreboard ticking. For us, we want to go out there and play our defence like we always do. We have got to match them on the scoreboard.
“There are not many teams in the league with the firepower they have to shoot the ball like they do, so you don’t really want to get into that up-and-down game with them.”
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