When the final buzzer sounds after the Tasmania JackJumpers first NBL league game in history, fans are unlikely to find coach Scott Roth looking to focused on the scoreboard.
The inaugural JackJumpers mentor was adamant, ahead of hosting the Brisbane Bullets at the DEC, that it was journey rather than the destination was the former Perth Wildcats' assistant's attention.
"We haven't talked about winning at the end of the day, we talked about just being competitive and playing as hard as we possibly can and representing the state," he said.
"We're trying to build a culture and foundation and [Friday] is the first little basement piece that we can put in.
"I am just proud of the fact these guys have bonded very quickly, I don't know about wins and losses at the end of the day but I know we have very high character guys."
As the league's newest franchise, this roster is writing the introductory chapter to Tasmania's first NBL club since the Hobart Devils in 1996.
The chance to put in place new traditions has not been lost on the JackJumpers, who have instituted green blazers for all the players, numbered in the order they were signed.
"This is like building a house, we're trying to put in the foundations and the building blocks, the coats to me are a perfect example of a tradition that can be carried on and represent that being a JackJumper you earn one of those coats to put it on," Roth said.
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It was not lost on captain Clint Steindl that his teammates had a role to play in shaping the sport in the Apple Isle, starting with Friday night.
"There's going to be a whole lot of history behind this team, in 10 years time when you look back on this day, when you look back when you first arrived in Tasmania being apart of the JackJumpers we're pretty much creating history here," he said.
"We're trying to do everything right way from the start, everything down to the blazers, it's creating a culture, it may be a small thing but those small things continue to build up that's the thing we're trying to establish here."
While both captain and coach were coy on Steindl playing after recovering from a finger injury, the former Wildcat was described as "pretty good" and will take part in a Friday morning practice ahead of the game.
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The sold-out home game follows a series of packed-out venues during the NBL Blitz where Tasmania finished with a win over Cairns Taipans at the Elphin Sports Centre.
Roth was far clearer on the style that fans can expect from the Tasmanian side at the sold-out debut.
"The kind of style we're going to play is going to be really aggressive, a lot of pressure defence and we're just going to build on that," he said.
"We don't talk about winning or losing other than [focusing on] ourselves and making sure we're competing at a very high level.
"The winning will take care of itself over time, it's more important that we put our best foot out first and be aggressive, one thing I really like about this group is they're very fiesty and gritty and they've shown that."
In the sanctuary that Roth built, culture counts the most.
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