After a double winning weekend last time out the Leicester Riders face the 4thplaced Glasgow Rocks in a special Neon Night game at the Morningside Arena this Friday. After suffering two losses to the Rocks in 2019 the Riders will be looking to get some revenge on their home court this Friday.
Leicester Riders vs Glasgow Rocks
Friday, 12th April 2019; 7:30pm – Morningside Arena
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About the Rocks
The Rocks are Scotland’s sole representative in the BBL, and it has been quite a while since they have won silverware. They took the BBL Playoffs way back in 2002/03 season, when they were the Scottish Rocks, and before that they have to go back to the 1988/89 season, when the Rocks won the league and playoffs.
This year’s team has the quality to end that barren spell, and already made it through to the BBL Cup Final in January, when they were beaten by London Lions.
They came under new ownership within the last year, and have a group of Scottish Internationals who made up the core of an overachieving Scotland team at the Commonwealth games.
There are led by the former GB International captain Kieron Achara, with another GB International Gareth Murray, and Ali Fraser and Jonny Bunyan.
Lithuanian international, Tadas Rinkūnas, and Norweigen International, Bouna Ndiaye, add European experience, and the Americans include point guard Greg Pryor, forward Bo Zeigler and shooting guard Kenny Carpenter.
Frenchman Vincent Lavandier was appointed as interim Head Coach at the end of February, taking over from Darryl Wood.
After a sluggish start Glasgow is now one of the form teams in the BBL.
The Rocks have been on fire in recent months, with the current nine game win streak at home an all-time record, and with their scalps in Glasgow including Riders twice, and the league leaders, London Lions. They kept their home record intact last time out with a quadruple overtime victory over Bristol Flyers 113-11.
Riders kept their faint title hopes alive with a pair of victories last weekend, at home to London City Royals and away to Cheshire Phoenix. They will want to avoid at all costs a Rocks sweep of the fixtures between the teams this season.
Players to Watch
The Rocks American guard Kenny Carpenter has been in a bit of a shooting slump until the Riders came to town at the end of March, when he knocked down 5 of 6 three pointers on his way to 24 points. Last Sunday he top scored for Glasgow with 21 points on 57% shooting, including 2 of 5 three pointers.
For Leicester, Riders saw a welcome return to form for American forward J R Holder, who top scored on the weekend, with a total of 38 points on 54% shooting, while knocking down 4 of 8 three pointers against the Phoenix, including a number of clutch shots.
There are still tickets available for Neon Night this Friday, CLICK HERE to purchase yours as the Riders take on the Glasgow Rocks!