The Leicester Riders travel to Surrey on Saturday Evening to take on the Scorchers as the two teams do battle for the first time this season.
About the Scorchers
The Scorchers struggled all of last season after their upset win in the Matchroom All Stars event in October, when they beat Leicester in the final, and are determined to make more of an impression in the 2019/20 season.
They are owned by the University of Surrey, one of a number of university sports franchises that play at Surrey Sports Park, and have maintained continuity with Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos, a BBL veteran.
Further continuity comes with their veteran British forward and captain, Tayo Ogedengbe, and diminutive point guard Caylin Raftopoulos, son of the coach.
But the rest of the squad is new, including dynamic American guards Lovell Cook, previously with London Lions, and Devontavius Payne, previously with Plymouth Raiders.
British guard Henry Wilkins, who has played in Europe, provides a shooting threat, and joins American power forward James Hawthorne, and Skyler White, a three point specialist, who played in the US college system and for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games.
Their recent high profile signing is GB forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who has played for clubs around the world, including last season with London City Royals.
Season So Far – Scorchers
The Scorchers finished fifth in the South Group of the BBL Cup, with a 3 and 7 record, and were knocked out of the BBL Trophy by London City Royals.
The Championship has been a happier hunting ground for the Scorchers, who have wins over Bristol Flyers, Cheshire Phoenix, Manchester Giants and Plymouth Raiders. That leaves them in sixth place in the league table with a 4 and 5 record.
Season So Far – Riders
After a rocky period over the Christmas/ New Year break Riders have won their last two, including a win over top of the table London Lions last time out. Riders won all three games between the teams last season.
Players To Watch
American Lovell Cook is Surrey’s leading scorer, averaging over 18 points a game, as well as pulling down over 6 rebounds, and dishing out 2.5 assists per game.
Riders saw new signing Corey Johnson have his biggest game so far for the Riders last time out against the Lions, with 18 points, including 3 three pointers, while grabbing 4 rebounds and delivering 2 assists.
Next Home Game
The Riders return to the Morningside Arena on February 14th when they take on the Newcastle Eagles, CLICK HERE to get your tickets!