Ricky Fetske has issued a warning to the British Basketball League that Leeds Force have no intention of letting their season fizzle out.
The BBL rookies have produced some head-turning wins in their maiden campaign among the elite but with their chances of reaching the top eight and the play-offs all but over, some players and teams might ease off and turn attentions to their summer holidays.
But Leeds feel they still have plenty to prove and with head coach Matt Newby setting a team with seven victories to their name the challenge of reaching double-digits in the win column, Fetske says there is enough motivation for the team to keep on fighting.
“No way are we going to take our foot off the gas,” said New Jersey-native Fetske, 25.
“If any teams take us lightly they’ll be in for a shock.
“Even if the top eight is out of reach, which it isn’t yet, we won’t be letting up.
“The goal that coach Newby has set us to reach 10 wins is well within our reach. Plus 10 wins would be an additional accomplishment for the team.
“Considering this is our debut season and we’ve had a big turnover of players and a lot of adjustments to make, we’ve done well.
“At the end of the season we can hold our heads up high, but only if we win a few more games.”
Force have seven games before now and the end of the season late next month, with only two of those at home.
Their next assignment is at Glasgow Rocks on Sunday, a game that tips off straight after the Emirates Arena has hosted the BBL Trophy final between Newcastle Eagles and Leicester Riders.
“It’s quite unusual to be playing after a final but hopefully there’s still a really good atmosphere inside the arena,” added Fetske.
“Glasgow are going strong at the minute, they’ve won five straight, but as we’ve proven by going into places like London and Cheshire, we don’t fear anyone.”
And Fetske – who scored 12 points in the team’s defeat to the high-flying Eagles in their last game two weeks ago – has given Force a boost by suggesting he wants to stay at the club next season.
Basketballers live a very nomadic lifestyle, but Fetske wants to stay in Leeds to continue studying towards being a chartered sports and exercise psychologist, and because his girlfiend Isalie Bloemen, is the captain of Leeds Beckett University’s women’s team.
“Personally I’m hoping I’m back with Leeds,” said Fetske.