Scorchers are in BBL action home and away this weekend, with the visit of Bristol Flyers to Surrey Sports Park on Friday evening before a trip to Glasgow Rocks on Sunday.
Surrey Scorchers vs Bristol Flyers
Friday 4th December 2015
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This is already the third meeting between the two sides this season with both sides each taking away wins to make the head-to-head record 1-1 coming into tonight.
Bristol Flyers arrive at Surrey Sports Park after back-to-back losses against Worcester Wolves (83-70) and London Lions (84-57).
Andreas Kapoulas’ Flyers currently sit eleventh in the BBL Championship on 3-8
The Ones to Watch
Coach Creon Raftopoulos said, “Bristol have some exciting players in their ranks. Tyrone Lee brings a lot of energy defensively and they’re a very good three point shooting team.”
After his international clearance was confirmed, Scorchers’ new point guard K.C. Ross-Miller will make his BBL debut against Bristol Flyers and will be looking to add key experience in the Scorchers’ backcourt. Christian Behrens will however miss Friday’s game due to injury.
Coach Creon will be looking for his squad to return to winning ways after three defeats on the bounce to Bristol Flyers, Leeds Force and London Lions.
Scorchers last 6 games: LLWLLL
A return to BBL Championship action will be welcome after a tough night at home in the cup to Leicester Riders.
Flyers last 6 games: WLWLLL
• Flyers have struggled with injuries of late, but had their full roster back on court last time out
• Tayo Ogedengbe scored 21 points in the previous meeting between these teams
• Scorchers (30.38 per-game) and Flyers (28.45) are ranked at number two and three respectively in terms of defensive rebounding
What they say:
Scorchers guard Elvisi Dusha:
“I think chemistry is important in every team and coach is really helping us build that chemistry and trust between us all both on and off court. We just need to start implementing what we do in training in games, once we bounce back from the last few ‘L’s I think there will be a change in outcomes.
“Bristol are a great team, led by a great coach that knows how to win. We just have to limit them on the rebounding battle, first game of the season we really hit the ground running with a big win and performances from Tayo (Ogedengbe) and Andreas (Schreiber). I feel that whoever displays a defence show will get that the ‘W’.”
Flyers guard Roy Owen:
“We need to really improve our consistency and put together a 40-minute game. We have shown a lot of positives in the games so far, but nowhere near consistently enough. We also rely on the three-point shot a lot, so we have to shoot a better percentage from the field if we are going to win these close games.
“Surrey are a team we really respect as we have had two close games against them. They have good import players and mixed with talented UK guys. They have a good balance as a team and can be versatile with the pick-and-roll as their bigs have the ability to pop to the three-point line or roll hard to the basket and finish.
“As we are in similar place in the league, this game becomes a huge game for both sides.”
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