The Leicester Riders take on the Glasgow Rocks this Sunday in the BBL Cup, after a difficult weekend last time out the Riders will be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend.
About the Rocks
The Rocks are Scotland’s sole representative in the BBL, and play at the prestigious Emirates Arena, the home of the BBL Trophy Final. Rocks are the thirteenth ranked club all-time in terms of silverware, having won the BBL Playoffs in the 2002/03 season, when they were the Scottish Rocks, although they have been runners-up for silverware nine times.
Last season they made it through to the BBL Cup Final, when they were beaten by London Lions.
After that defeat, Frenchman Vincent Lavandier was appointed as Head Coach, taking over from the Darryl Wood.
Glasgow is having to cope with the retirement of one of the greatest GB players, Kieron Achara, who had anchored the team since 2015, after a career with clubs across Europe.
But they have a core of returning Scottish internationals, led by another GB International Gareth Murray, and including Ali Fraser and Jonny Bunyan. They are joined by Scotland international Fraser Malcolm, who has spent the last four seasons playing in the US for Black Hill State University, and was a key part of the Scotland team who finished fourth in the Commonwealth Games.
Lithuanian international, Tadas Rinkūnas, and American point guard Greg Pryor, both return for a second season. New signings include American forward Eli Pepper was a four-year starter in the US at Lipscomb University, where he averaged over 7 points & 7 rebounds per game in his senior year, and Cameroon born 6 foot 8 inch Maxime Djo Ebala, a centre who last season played in France.
Season So Far – Phoenix
The Rocks had started the season with three wins out of 5, including sharing a pair of games with arch rivals Newcastle Eagles. However their 22 point home victory over Manchester Giants has been overturned, and a replay ordered, because Glasgow fielded an ineligible player. Thus their record has reverted to 2 and 2.
Season So Far – Riders
Riders made a bright start to their BBL Cup qualifying campaign with 3 straight victories over Sheffield, Cheshire and Manchester. Despite their positive start to the season the Riders have stumbled over the past 2 weekends losing to Newcastle and Cheshire to drop to 3&2 on the season.
Players to Watch
The Rocks American point guard Greg Pryor has been on fire in the opening games of the season, leading the Rocks in points, at 19 per game, and assists, at 5.7 per game.
With the current injury status of the Riders roster they will no doubt be looking for American shooting guard Namon Wright to lead the team on the offensive end. Wright is averaging 15.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
The Riders return to action at the Morningside Arena on Saturday October 26th when they face the Manchester Giants in the BBL Cup, CLICK HERE to buy your tickets!