Nat Novosel believes the JCU Townsville Fire has plenty of room to improve ahead of Sunday’s clash against the Sydney Uni Flames at the Kingdome.
Clinging to the final spot in the top-four after Bendigo snapped the Fire’s four-game winning streak at the weekend, the American guard said the streak had wallpapered over the Fire’s true form, and despite winning, they still needed vast improvement if they are to contend for this year’s title.
“I think (the reason we lost) was kind of a combination of how we have been playing for the last three or four weeks, with winning not exactly how we should be playing,” Novosel said.
“So I think this week we’ve gone back to the little things, what we need to do better, screening, executing, things that we just really need to do better if we are to win on the road.”
This weekend’s match against the second-placed Flames will give the Fire a chance to keep in touch with the competition frontrunners, and Novosel said the importance of the clash could not be understated.
“(Fire coach) Chris (Lucas) thinks going there is going to be a real Grand Final type game,” Novosel said.
“We really need to get a tighter series so they don’t get a series win on us. It’s a really, really big priority going down there to get the win.”
The Fire will clash with the Flames as a curtain-raiser to the Sydney Kings match with the Perth Wildcats, which will serve as the final ever match at the Kingdome before it is bulldozed.