Plenty riding on Coffs win
WIN and in. That's the situation facing Coffs Harbour as it prepares for a do-or-die final-round clash with Port Macquarie at Sportz Central tonight.
Despite sitting in top spot on the ladder, the Suns could finish outside the top two with a loss as second-placed side Tamworth still has two games in hand against the competition's bottom two sides.
While the pressure will be on the home side, Coffs Harbour's star forward Alex Desroches believes his team can get the job done.
"I haven't seen Port since my first game for the Suns and they didn't have their American import (point guard Maurice Williams) then but if we stick to the game plan which has helped us get to this point we should be able to win," Desroches said.
"This league can be very up and down and on their day anyone can win.
"You have to stay composed and play to your best at all times.
"Port will be looking to sneak into the finals themselves so we can't take them for granted."
Following last week's tough loss away from home to Tamworth, Desroches is adamant the Suns are back on track.
"We didn't play well last game so this week it was good to regroup as a side and regain a bit of focus," he said.
"It has been a solid week of training and we are all in good shape for this point in the season.
"It has taken a bit for some to get their head around the enormity of this game but I think, come tip-off, everyone will be up for a big performance." Known for their free-shooting guards, the Dolphins will look to their strong outside shooting game early.
"Against a team like Port, you need to contest every shot," Desroches said.
"You can't let them build their confidence because if it comes down to a few big shots at the end of the game, you don't want them comfortable in high-pressure situations.
"I think with the home crowd behind us and knowing the importance of the match, we can step up and get the all-important win."