ESSEX Pirates’ head coach Tim Lewis is urging his players to learn from their double drubbing over the weekend.

Pirates were seen off 102-69 by MK Lions in the BBL Trophy at the Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre on Saturday night.

And that was followed by a 91-59 reverse at Cheshire Jets in Pirates’ first BBL Championship fixture of the season.

That frustrated Lewis and he now wants to see the right kind of reaction from his team.

“The players need to lead a more professional lifestyle,” said Lewis.

“That’s something that must change because although I wasn’t too disappointed with our display against the Lions I thought we were very poor against Cheshire.

“We played like schoolboys to be honest and looked unprepared which is just ridiculous.

“We suffered 35 turnovers which gave them 41 points and that’s just far too many.

“We have to learn from these mistakes but I’m still feeling positive and we are getting closer to where we want to be.”

Against Lions, Pirates trailed 31-19 at the end of the first quarter and 48-35 at half-time.

That became 72-48 at the end of the third quarter before the visitors comfortably held on during the final 10 minutes.

The impressive Myles Hesson top scored for Pirates with 27 points and he again led the way against Jets with 19.

But his efforts went unrewarded as Pirates remained below par.

They were 30-11 down after the first quarter and 52-28 behind at half-time.

At the end of the third quarter, Jets were 68-42 in front and they were never troubled by the Southend based side who will now look to bounce back at home to Worcester Wolves this Sunday, tip off 5pm.

New signing Adrien Sturt is expected to make his debut in the clash at the Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre while Lewis is also hoping to bring in another fresh face before the weekend.

“With these two in it would ease the pressure on the really young guys we’re having to rely on right now,” said Lewis.

“We’re lacking experience and size right now and these two can change that.

“Wolves are a strong side and it’s a tough test for us but hopefully we can produce a better performance and really test them.”