In his words, London Lions head coach James Vear

Throughout my basketball journey, whether as a player or in the last 17 or so years as a coach, I have reached a few finals at different levels.

Probably the most important thing I learned from these games is that to be successful you have to try to treat it like another game as much as possible, playing the game itself and not the occasion.

That being said, this is going to be a big moment for the club, for sure. We’ve had big European nights and big crowds, so this will help us in some way, but it’s a unique game and Cheshire will feed off of that crowd and that energy as much as we do.

I’ve been head coach for a few months now and I’m quite happy with the progress the team has made so far, but we have so much more to do and everyone in the squad knows that. There is always room for improvement and although we have seen some very good things there is still a lot to do and the guys are determined to improve every day.

We have a target on our chest, everyone wants to beat us, and that was one of the first things I said to the team when I took over. Every team is going to bring their absolute best to the table when they play us, and we’re okay with that because we want this competition and show how good we are.

This is a team that wants and needs to play in the final and I’m as excited and eager as I’m sure the team is to see how we perform on this stage.

Cheshire has built significant momentum over the past few months. After a rocky start to the season when they were still building their squad, you can see how well they are now together and finding ways to win with a truly talented group.

Larry Austin Jr. arrived and took the league by storm in a short time, Teddy Okereafor played at a high level all over Europe and plays great basketball for Cheshire but beyond that you have several other guys who can win games for them.

Coach Thomas did a great job of building such a balanced team, and we have no illusions about how difficult the final will be.

This final is a great opportunity to put London basketball back on the map. Being in this position is what the club wants for the men’s and women’s team. We want to be a silverware challenge, we want to be the best, so having both teams there is so positive for basketball in London and for Lions basketball.

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