Phil ThomasTWO on the road with a winless record is a daunting task but Tall Timbers North West Thunder coach Phil Thomas believes his side is up to the challenge.
The Thunder will take on Brisbane tonight in the round three rematch of the game Thomas labelled “absolutely pathetic” from his side’s perspective.
The Thunder lost by nine points in a game that was there for the taking.
“We will have to play with more vigour and when we have the ball, create more opportunities for each other,” Thomas said.
“We’ll have the inclusions of Lee McGaffin and Sam Harris this time around, which will add a bit more depth.
“That being said, they have included three new players since we last met, with Dean Brebner, (Thomas) Ammar and (Isaih) Tueta, who is a six foot three guard who returned from college.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see those three in their starting five, so it really brings it back to an even playing field.”
The Thunder will travel to Canberra tomorrow to take on the Gunners tomorrow night in Belconnen.
Canberra currently sits on the bottom of the eastern conference ladder with just one win.
“Put simply, this is a must-win game,” Thomas said.
“We’re a better side than them.”
Included in the Canberra side is former Sydney Kings player Alex Gynes, who was in talks to sign with the Thunder during the off season before committing to the Gunners.
Canberra has had an unsettled season with the recent resignation of coach Matthew Glasson and the appointment of long-serving assistant coach Cameron Barnes to the top job.
“(Barnes) will no doubt be trying to turn their program around and they should be fired up,” Thomas said.
“But there are no excuses with this one, if we can’t win this one, we’re in big trouble.”
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.