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KW Titans look to make it 6 wins in a row Thursday night

The KW Titans will take on the Saint John Riptide Thursday night at The Aud and will be looking for their sixth win in a row.

'When you prepare ... you don't need good luck,' Titans head coach Cavell Johnson says

The KW Titans are looking to make it six wins in a row Thursday night at The Aud. (Dan Congdon/KW Titans)

The KW Titans basketball team is hoping to make it six wins in a row as they take on the Saint John Riptide Thursday night.

The team ended 2018 on a high note, beating the London Lightning and taking two games from the Sudbury Five.

To kick off 2019, they beat the Windsor Express and the first-place Moncton Magic.

The winning streak is record-breaking for the young team, which only just started playing in the National Basketball League of Canada in December 2016.

Head coach Cavell Johnson says the team has been meshing well over the last few weeks and really working together as a unit.

"We've really just been focusing on what to do in the moment," Johnson said.

"I've really just wanted the guys to be present in the moment and be present in contributing everything that they can as individuals and as a collective unit to stay focused and achieve the goals that they have for themselves."

'You don't need good luck'

Playing in front of a hometown crowd may also be helping. Along with seeing more fans out at games, Johnson says they've seen excitement around the team grow.

"It's amazing to see a community really take ownership of supporting a team and really enjoy supporting our team," he said. "It's an electric atmosphere in The Aud."

The last time the Titans faced the Riptide was back in November and the Titans took the game easily: 107-84.

But Johnson says they won't take anything for granted when they hit the court Thursday night. Instead, they'll focus on this game the same why they have for their other recent games.

"You can say, 'Good luck,' but I don't like luck because we just like to prepare and when you prepare, you know, you don't need good luck," Johnson said.

The Titans are currently in second place in the central division with an 8-5 win-loss record. They're ranked fourth in the overall league standings.

Tipoff for Thursday's home game at The Aud is at 7 p.m.

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