Leicester Riders at Surrey Scorchers – Surrey Sports Park
Sunday, 24th March 2019; 2pm – BBL Championship
About the Scorchers
The Scorchers came off a strong finish to last season, when they were fifth, but were knocked out of the Playoffs in the quarter-finals, and carried that form into the Matchroom All Stars event in October, when they beat Leicester in the final.
This season they have been erratic at best, and Surrey has chopped and changed the squad, as they sought a winning formula, utilising twenty different players so far.
Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos is one of the most respected in the BBL. Core to the squad is returning captain Tayo Ogedengbe, one of the most experienced players in the BBL. GB guard Josh Steel is up and coming, and is joined in the backcourt by the diminutive point guard Caylin Raftopoulos. The back court is led by American guard Quincy Taylor, a quick silver scorer who had a spell at Cheshire.
Americans power forward Willie Atwood has experience in Europe, 7 foot British centre Morakinyo Williams played at several US colleges, including the University of Kentucky, and 6 foot 9 inch power forward Chaed Wellian is Dutch, and played at Tennessee State University in the US.
Another American power forward Anthony Elechi also returned to the BBL joined part way through the season , having made 25 appearances for the Glasgow in the 2016/17 season.
The Scorchers have struggled all season, but have had a small bounce in recent weeks, winning 2 of their last 5, with wins at Bristol Flyers, and home to Sheffield Sharks.
Riders have won all but two of their games in 2019, but are running out of games to retain the BBL Championship title.
In their only Championship match-up so far this season, Riders won away at Surrey 84-79.
Players to Watch
Ogedengbe is the rock for the Scorchers, and is averaging just under 18 points and 5 rebounds a game, while shooting 52% from the floor, and 34% from the three-point line, while playing nearly 34 minutes per game.
For Leicester, new signing Tim Williams is averaging 17.4 points and nearly 6 rebounds a game, while shooting an exceptional 64% from the floor, in 27 minutes per game.
Next Home Game
The Riders next home game is against the Cheshire Phoenix on March 29th CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets and support the Riders in another exciting BBL Championship game at the Morningside Arena.