Surrey Scorchers will make their long awaited British Basketball League debut on Saturday evening when they travel to the West Country to take on the Bristol Flyers.
Bristol Flyers vs Surrey Scorchers
Saturday 19th September 2015
Bristol Flyers made their own BBL debut last season, nipping into the play-offs with an 8th place finish as well as an impressive run into the BBL Cup semi-finals.
Molten’s BBL Coach of the Year Andreas Kapoulas has brought back the core of the roster that produced last season’s solid finish with a view to continuing the young club’s impressive developments on and off court.
The Ones to Watch
Flyers fans will be delighted with the return of Bristol-born forward Jordan Ranklin for the 2015/16 season having made 30 appearances for his hometown side last campaign.
One impressive import signing made by Coach Kapoulas over the summer was point guard Cardell McFarland, who joins from newly-promoted German Pro A side Hanau White Wings, where he averaged 19 points and 5.6 assists per game.
Captain Tayo Ogedengbe is set to make his 200th BBL appearance on Saturday evening, marking a huge milestone in the forward’s pro career.
All players who featured in the recent pre-season friendlies against Westminster Warriors and Worcester Wolves will travel to Bristol, with an update on the status of Surrey’s US imports due on Friday morning.
Today’s new signing Samuel Toluwase is go straight into the roster after signing today.
Scorchers recorded two narrow pre-season losses while the brand new squad found its feet on court, while Bristol themselves also played out a close 78-82 home game against USA Select.
Surrey Scorchers 81-87 Westminster Warriors (Saturday 5th September 2015, PSF)
Worcester Wolves 79-66 Surrey Scorchers (Sunday 13th September 2015, PSF)
Bristol Flyers 78-82 USA Select (Thursday 10th September 2015, PSF)