It's been a season to forget so far but Angus Glover is confident the Illawarra Hawks still have a flickering hope of making the playoffs.
The Hawks have secured one win from eight starts and face a do-or-die game against the Cairns Taipans on Saturday night.
Glover, 21, admitted it was "definitely a crucial clash" but said the Hawks players would "stick together" as they looked to turn their fortunes around.
"We're obviously sitting at one and seven, but we've come up with the goal of coming away from the rest of the season with 14 [wins] and five [losses]," the guard said.
"If we do that, we can still make the playoffs.
"We've definitely got to try and stick to the basics. Practise this week has been really tough and really enjoyable in terms of getting up and down [the court].
"If we can take away what we've learned from practise, we can definitely get the win in Cairns. You've got to keep the morale high.
"No matter what happens, we've all got to stick together. As long as we stick together, we will be okay."
Standing in their way is a Cairns Taipans team that has recorded just two wins.
The Hawks' recent record against Cairns is impressive - it's been nearly two years since the Taipans beat them - but Glover said that counted for nothing on Saturday night.
"You can't worry about the past, you've just to worry about the game at that given time," he said.
"Cairns are very good in the pick and roll, especially with [Scott] Machado and Cam Oliver. All of their stars are pretty much getting double digit points so we've got to lock in on defence.
"As much as we haven't put the points on the board the last few weeks, we've kept Brisbane and Perth to 80 points. If we can do that again, I'm sure we will score more points than them.
"We've got to try put together a performance for 40 minutes - not half a game or three quarters of a game. We've got to play for the whole 40 minutes. If we do that, the outcome will care of itself."
Glover's teammate Daniel Grida agreed Cairns would provide a strong challenge but said he was confident the Hawks could bounce back this weekend.
"We're expecting a win I think, we're going up there hunting one. We're the desperate ones so we should be going after them," the 21-year-old said.
"It's been a bit tough, we've lost a few games but the morale is still high. We're just trying to play real hard. It's what we've been doing all week at practise and [hopefully we'll] translate it into the game."
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