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Aliu Column: Jets game key to play-off chase

Mersey captain David Aliu on the bitter blow of two defeats at the weekend, this Sunday’s game at Cheshire and Newcastle’s title charge.

Another weekend has passed, and losing two games is a huge blow for us as a team and our play-off hopes.

On Friday, we travelled to Sheffield and were beaten 99-82 and we just couldn’t do enough against Milton Keynes on Sunday. Even splitting the weekend and getting one win would have put us in a good position, but it looks like being a tough, uphill battle for us to make the play-offs.

But me and the team are not going to give on making it, and we go to Cheshire on Sunday looking for that next win.

It’ll be a tough test. It’s always tough to play at Northgate as they have a great crowd, which makes it difficult. We need that win big time, not just for our play-off hopes, but for a boost of confidence going in to the rest of the season. Of course, if we can beat Cheshire, it puts us as a team in a good place.

We had a brilliant game against the Jets earlier in the season when they came to Knowsley. We were well down in the second half, but managed to come back and win 102-97 after overtime. The thing that sticks out with me most from that game is the atmosphere and the noise. It was a great game to be a part of, and if Sunday’s game is anything like that, the fans will be in for a treat.

We’ve had a pretty young team this season, but I think Devan (Bailey) and Myles (Hesson) have stepped up big for us. They have to take on a big role for us this season which was tough for them to do, but I think they have done a great job so far.

At the top end of the table, it looks like Newcastle will be picking up the league title. I don’t think anyone can catch them now. They have been solid and consistent all year, with their whole team contributing to their success. They have good individual players but they have a great team, and that’s what it takes to win.

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