Fresh from their first back-to-back victories as a BBL franchise, Leeds Force look to continue their form across both league and cup formats this weekend.
The second-year team notched wins against Bristol Flyers and Surrey Scorchers on the last two Fridays to dramatically transform a start to the season that had seen them lose their opening three games.
They are now looking up after those successive wins, and further improvement and positive results against Leicester Riders tonight at the Carnegie Sports Arena (7.30pm) and on the road at Glasgow Rocks, when attentions turns to the BBL Cup.
Force head coach Matt Newby said: “It’s a given that teams need time to gel and we are beginning to do so. We learnt tough lessons early on when playing the likes of London and Newcastle.”
Sheffield Sharks host Manchester Giants in the BBL Cup first round at EIS Sheffield (7.30pm).
After two league defeats, the Sharks – who won successive BBL Cups in 2010 and 2011 – will be keen to get their season back on track.
Sharks forward Mike Tuck said: “It’s been a strange season so far.
“Normally we are able to hit the ground running with lots of games to play but this year we’ve started the season only playing two games in the first month.”
“With players absent and a few changes to the roster we are still finding our rhythm. These two weeks off have given us a chance to learn how to play together. Everyday we are starting to gel more and more.
“Manchester have had a good start and will no doubt be hungry for a win to advance in the Cup. Our guys know the importance of the Cup games but also that this is a big rivalry game, so we will all need to step up to the challenge.”