JCU Townsville Fire coach Chris Lucas has conceded that his team needs to find top form ahead of Sunday’s heritage round clash against the Melbourne Boomers.
Having played the Boomers during the Fire’s maiden Wattle Valley WNBL fixture in 2001/02, the reigning champions have slumped to a 3-3 record ahead of their anniversary game, which will see a raft of former champions honoured at half time and a throwback strip on display.
Having lost to the Boomers a fortnight ago, Lucas is desperate to keep the series split alive and does not want to contemplate a third straight loss.
“It’s been three years since we’ve lost three in a row, we’ve lost two but never three so I’m sure the girls will put in the extra effort this week,” Lucas said.
“Last time we played the Boomers they shot the ball extremely well but we allowed them to do so we need to have our scout nailed down this week because they have some tremendous shooters.
“There’s no reason to panic but we do need to improve in a number of areas, we’re working on that and at the end of the day that’s my responsibility to try and get the best out of this group.”
The Fire host the Boomers from 1pm on Sunday.
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