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Vince Macaulay urges London Lions to prove play-off credentials against Worcester Wolves

12:17 08 April 2014

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London Lions' head coach Vince Macaulay. Picture: Isabel Infantes

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Head coach Vince Macaulay has called on London Lions to raise their game for the visit of high-flying Worcester Wolves as they gear up for the end of season play-offs.

Lions slipped from fifth to sixth place in the British Basketball League over the weekend as they were beaten home and away by Cheshire Phoenix.

Second-placed Worcester visit the Copper Box on Thursday (7.30pm) in the Lions’ penultimate home game before the play-offs, and Macaulay wants his side to show they can compete with the best.

“They’re a good team,” Macaulay said. “They have played very well and won silverware for the first time in their history this season with the BBL Trophy.

“But we should have beaten them here in our first match-up at the Copper Box when we lost the game in overtime by one point.

“They’re a team we could likely face in the play-offs, so it’s important we compete well against them on Thursday.

“We want to win every game, but most importantly we want to play and be ready for the play-offs.

“If we continue with our improvement, I’ll be happy.”

Lions have won just two of their last eight games but Macaulay says the Stratford side have made special preparations to face Worcester.

“We change our preparations for every opponent because they all have very good strengths,” he said.

“Cheshire have a very good point guard, an excellent shooter and a quality big man.

“But when we come and play against Worcester, they’ve got an excellent point guard and a really quality big man. Their shooters are not quite as good but they play more around the big man than Cheshire do.”

Lions ran Cheshire close in both games last weekend, but after losing 88-92 to at the Copper Box on Friday night, they were beaten 97-103 at the Northgate Arena two days later.

Veteran point guard Rod Brown top scored for Lions in both games with 28 and 24 points respectively, and Macaulay believes the 35-year-old Texan will be vital for the season finale.

“You’re not going to win anything without a good point guard, at any level,” Macaulay said.

“Rod is a quality point guard. He knows everything we do and he understands the tempo of the game, that’s vital to us.

“Him and Mike Martin are very experienced guys and they will hold us down the stretch.”

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