Leeds Force: Head coach Nelson spies first victory on the horizon

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. Picture: Alex Daniels.Tre Bennett
. Picture: Alex Daniels.
Tre Bennett . Picture: Alex Daniels.
Leeds Force head coach Danny Nelson hopes his side's hard work over the two-week break will be rewarded with a first win of the new British Basketball League season against Bristol Flyers tonight.

Despite a winless start to the BBL campaign, Nelson is confident that Force’s determination and dedication to a wide-scale rebuilding process will soon yield positive results.

“We might not take any giant leaps forward this weekend, but we’re improving week by week,” Nelson said.

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“We’re gradually shaping a cohesive team that will hopefully challenge the best of the BBL – it’s all about building for Leeds Force at the moment.”

Danny Nelson.Danny Nelson.
Danny Nelson.

Force return to Carnegie Sports Arena for the first time since a heartbreaking defeat to Surrey Scorchers, but Nelson insists the spirited performance a fortnight ago gave Force fans a glimpse of what’s to come.

“The Surrey game was close and gave everyone a taste of what’s to come from Leeds Force, and Bristol will hopefully showcase our improvements over the last two weeks.

“We’re building a roster that fits Leeds Force’s identity, and we’ll definitely have an exciting team with flair and quality that the local community can rally behind sooner rather than later.”

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Thorough mental preparation and a willingness to learn from a series of early-season mistakes is the key to unlocking Leeds’ potential according to Nelson.

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“Team-building and our mental preparation is vital, and makes up about 90 per cent of everything we do. No- one’s going to war – but there are similarities in terms of the need to communicate as a team, having designated roles and not letting each other down when the pressure rises.

“We’re holding each other accountable as a group, and that honesty is something we’ve been trying to instil within our squad.

“Your friend might tell you what you want to hear, but your team-mate will tell you what you need to hear – that will be the driving force for Leeds.”

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The visit of Bristol begins a run of three consecutive home games, and Nelson is hoping to reward Force fans with plenty of exciting basketball.

“I encourage everyone to come down and experience top-level basketball right on their doorstep, and hopefully Leeds can become a force to be reckoned with in the near future.”