HARTLEPOOL HEAT’s National Founders Cup game with Richmond Vikings this Saturday has been described as one of the club’s “biggest ever”.
Win it and HEAT, coached by key player Anthony Robinson, will go into the last-16 of the national competition as a seeded team.
As a seeded team, HEAT would play their second-round game at home and remain seeded throughout the entire tournament’s rounds.
HEAT are already through regardless of the result in North Yorkshire this Saturday, but the game must not be taken lightly.
That is because if Richmond beat HEAT heavily and Sunderland - who beat HEAT 78-68 a fortnight ago - comfortably dispatch of Morpeth with a large deficit, HEAT will be knocked down into second place in the four-team standings.
“Hartlepool hasn’t had a basketball team in a national cup for about 30, 40 years - it’s important, therefore, we set a benchmark,” Robinson told SportMail.
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