Brignell Keeps Wasps Grounded

15/10/2010 11:19

HULL Wasps head to the north-east to take on the Durham Wildcats II on Sunday with player-coach John Brignell warning fans not to expect another 46-point win.

Hull crushed Liverpool 93-47 in their first league game in England Basketball’s National League division four north after seeing off Tees Valley by the same margin in the National Shield two weeks previously.

Brignell said: “We have played very well in our opening games of the season.

“Two 46-point wins in a row and a 12-point defeat against a division two side we think we could have beaten has got confidence very high, and that’s exactly what I want.

“But we won’t get ahead of ourselves. I am not one for predictions, especially at this stage of the season, and I won’t let us start believing any hype.

“To look at the glass as half-empty, have played just one league game and that was against a poor side, so we still really don’t know where we are as a team in comparison with the other teams in our league.

“But I think we are starting to reach our own potential on offence and defence and that is all we can try to do. I know we have got the talent to beat any team I have seen from our league, so it is just about trying to play our best basketball.”

The Wasps are missing key forward Rob Birchmore at the weekend. The 6ft 2in Scot has started every game so far this term after proving himself as one of the side’s most valuable defensive players over the past two seasons.

Fellow forward Damien Keegan is still recovering from a rib injury suffered in the National Cup defeat to Team Northumbria, but guards Mike Lekupe and Chris Cummings could return.