British Basketball League (BBL) WEEK 25 Preview

Our weekly look at the action ahead in the BBL.

Focus

Glasgow Rocks v Manchester Giants

Where and when:

Emirates Arena, 5.00pm Sunday 6 March

Summary:

Glasgow Rocks and Manchester Giants both go into Sunday’s meeting off the back of impressive victories.

Rocks were without a game last weekend as they bedded in new signing Andre Stephens, but before that recorded back-to-back road wins against London Lions and title challengers Leicester Riders.

Giants played twice last weekend, coming up short against Leeds Force before halting the in-form Plymouth Raiders to improve their BBL Play-Off prospects.

Last time they met:

Manchester Giants 86 Glasgow Rocks 99 (BBL Championship, Lucozade Soccerdome, 13 December 2015)

Form:

Rocks: LLWLWW
Giants: LLLLLW

Three Points:

  • Rocks could hand a debut to 6ft 8in American forward, Andre Stephens
  • Rocks’ Kieron Achara was this week named Molten BBL Player of the Month for February
  • Giants’ Jerelle Okoro scored a season-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting against Raiders

What they say:

Rocks coach Sterling Davis: “Andre [Stephens] plays with a lot of energy. He has some professional experience under his belt so will know what it takes and what this is about.

“Last weekend off could not have come at a better time for our group. Not only were we bringing in another player but we have also been dealing with quite a few injuries with our guys who are still playing at the moment. It gave us a chance to heal a bit while also trying to stay sharp.

“We just have to be mentally ready for what Manchester pose. They are an extremely dangerous team because of their style of play. They want to speed up the pace so we must try and control the tempo.”

Giants guard Jerelle Okoro: “Hopefully [the win against Plymouth] puts us back on track. We know as a team what we are capable of and we feel we haven’t reached our full potential yet.

“Personally, it feels great to contribute towards the game and knowing you played a part in getting the win.

“Yorick [Williams, coach] will not let us get complacent, there are mistakes that were made in the game that we have to rectify for the future if we stand a chance of getting to the Play-Offs.

“Glasgow are a good team, that play disciplined basketball. They are really good at punishing you for your mistakes, so we need to make as few as possible and be aggressive both on offence and defence.”

Games

Friday 04 March 2016
CH 19:30 Leeds Force v Worcester Wolves
CH 19:30 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle v London Lions
CH 19:30 Plymouth University Raiders v Sheffield Sharks

Saturday 05 March 2016
CH 19:30 Bristol Flyers v Sheffield Sharks
CH 19:30 Leicester Riders v Surrey Scorchers

Sunday 06 March 2016
CH 17:00 Glasgow Rocks v Manchester Giants
CH 17:30 Cheshire Phoenix v Surrey Scorchers

Source: BBL
Image: P.Davies