JCU Townsville Fire import Natasha Cloud has shrugged off the question marks surrounding her team’s title defence and instead believes they must take care of business.
Fresh off snapping a four-game losing streak, the Fire return to their home floor for just the second time since November 5 and are intent on maintaining their winning form.
With Melbourne riding their own eight-game losing streak, Cloud, who sits fourth in the league for total assists, believes the Fire must trust the process when they take on the Boomers on Saturday night.
— JCU Townsville Fire (@TownsvilleFire) December 5, 2016
“I guess the outsiders can say desperation, but for us it’s just taking care of business,” Cloud said.
“We have two games that could go any way if we don’t come in prepared – mentally prepared- but we’ve had a good week at practice.
“It’s good to be home and home for a solid week, as opposed to three days, to prepare for a game.
“We’ll head into Saturday with minds focussed.”
With the Fire clinching a 74-72 victory in Melbourne during their only encounter this season, they are well aware of the threats the Boomers possess, particularly on the three-point line.
“Melbourne’s a good team” Cloud said.
“I know they’re kind of in a rough patch right now too, but they have really good guards on their team.
“They’re a gritty team with guards who get it done from the perimeter, so it’s going to be a guard-to-guard match-up as it was last game.
“I think what helped us last time was that we probably had five or six players in double figures and that’s when we’re at our best.”
— JCU Townsville Fire (@TownsvilleFire) December 7, 2016
The Fire and the Boomers tip-off at Townsville Stadium from 7pm on Saturday night.
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