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Preview: Scorchers open 2016 with Double Header

Preview: Scorchers open 2016 with Double Header

Surrey Scorchers kick off 2016 with a double header of BBL Championship action this weekend, starting with a home tie against the Worcester Wolves on Saturday evening.

Surrey Scorchers kick off 2016 with a double header of BBL Championship action this weekend, starting with a home tie against the Worcester Wolves on Saturday evening.

Surrey Scorchers vs Worcester Wolves
BBL Championship
Saturday 2nd January 2016
7pm tip-off
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MPU

Sheffield Sharks vs Surrey Scorchers
BBL Championship
Sunday 3rd January 2016
4pm tip-off
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The Opposition

A steady rise through the ranks has seen Worcester Wolves become one of the BBL's toughest oppositions for any side. Two successive 3rd place finishes in as many seasons, with one play-off title, are feats not to be dismissed as they celebrate their 10th season British Basketball's top flight.

Saturday’s game will be former Guildford Heat head coach Paul James’ 250th game in charge of the Wolves.

One of the BBL’s most successful outfits, second only to the Newcastle Eagles, Sheffield Sharks have enjoyed a well-decorated life in the UK’s top flight of pro basketball. With 3 league titles and 1 play-off win to their name since 1994, they will be looking to add to their silverware this season following a oh-so-near campaign in 2013/14 and 2014/15.

Ones to Watch

A multi-national roster, with no fewer than 7 nationalities represented, still boasts a number of talented individuals including captain Jay Couisnard and former London Lions forward/guard Orlan Jackman, who Wolves have branded as "one of the UK's most exciting talents" after his signing last month.

Jackson hit 27 points in their win over Scorchers before Christmas, while captain Pavol Losonsky posted 26 points of his own as Wolves hit the century at home.

Sharks’ Antone Robinson is leading the BBL in rebounding with 11.8 per-game, while Jerrold Brooks provides an impressive average of 5 assists per game- 2nd in the whole of the league.

The Roster

Only Will Neighbour will be missing from action for both games this weekend while he continues his recovery following a shoulder operation before Christmas.

Coach Creon awaits the arrival of potential new signings, with a number of prospects currently in discussion.

The Form

The Christmas period proved fruitful for Wolves, who put two straight home wins on the board including a 108-92 victory against Scorchers and a thrilling 79-75 win over the London Lions thanks to a 10-0 game-ending run to seal the points.

Wolves’ last 5 games: WWLWW

Sheffield Sharks have had the luxury of not playing a game since 18th December, and will have taken the confidence of that win against Lions through their Christmas and New Year break.

Sharks’ last 5 games: WWLWL

Scorchers will hit 2016 with hopes of improving their defensive game, which has seen them fall foul of some harsh defeats in recent weeks.

Despite suffering two straight losses post-New Year, Surrey remain big scorers hitting 90+ points in their last 3 outings.

Scorchers’ last 5 games: LLWLW

Tickets and Coverage

Tickets for Saturday’s home game against the Worcester Wolves are selling fast, with more pre-sold than any other game so far this season!

Don’t miss out on what will be bumper night of basketball action – click here to buy your tickets online now!

We will have live coverage of both of this weekend’s games on Facebook, Twitter and via the BBL LiveStats (Wolves here) (Sharks here).

Match Programme

Find out what Coach Creon has to say ahead of the weekend’s action in Saturday’s official match programme.
 

 

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