After a weekend without a Home game the Leicester Riders return to the Morningside Arena on Friday to take on the Glasgow Rocks following an impressive performance in Newcastle last Weekend. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets!
About the Rocks
The Rocks have always had a very competitive team in the BBL, but have been the bridesmaids rather too often, finishing as runners-up nine times, and with just a single piece of silverware. In the Cup, they have finished beaten finalists four times.
Frenchman Vincent Lavandier is in his second season as the Rock’s Head Coach, and has found the going a little more difficult this season, after making a big impact last season, his first in the BBL. He was previously Head Coach at Union Tarbes Lourdes Pyrenees Basket for one season, and was in charge for 5 seasons at Angers BC 49 in the French leagues.
Glasgow have built their team around a group of Scottish internationals, led by GB International Gareth Murray, and including forward Ali Fraser, guard Jonny Bunyan and rookie guard Fraser Malcolm. Lithuanian international, Tadas Rinkūnas, and American point guard Greg Pryor, both return for a second season, while new boys include American forward Eli Pepper and Cameroon born 6 foot 8 inch centre Maxime Djo Ebala. Guards Alexander Geddes, Earl Russell and Kieran Allen make up the bench.
Glasgow are currently the third best team defensively in the BBL, conceding just 70 points per game and have the best shooting at 47.6% from the floor. They are second bottom in scoring at 67 points per game, and bottom of the BBL for rebounding, averaging just 25.1 per game.
Season So Far – Rocks
The Rocks had started the season with a convincing win against Manchester, but fielded ineligible players, and the result was overturned on appeal, giving Giants a 20 to nil win. Glasgow then spilt a pair of games with Newcastle, before hammering Manchester in the return fixture. Since then Glasgow has lost three in a row, away at Sheffield, and at home to Riders and Cheshire.
Season So Far – Riders
Riders started their BBL Cup qualifying campaign with 3 straight victories, then lost two, and are now on a three game winning streak. Riders beat the Rocks in one of their best games of the campaign so far, 88-66 just under three weeks ago in Glasgow.
Ones to Watch
Scottish international forward Ali Fraser has been the Rocks Mr. Dependable so far this season, averaging 20.4 points, and nearly 5 rebounds per game, while shooting an impressive 71% from the floor.
Riders pose a different threat to teams with the arrival of American centre Darien Nelson-Henry, who top scored for Riders last time out against Newcastle with 20 points on 64% shooting.
CLICK HERE to grab your tickets for Friday night’s action at the Morningside Arena.