Scorchers begin another exciting season at the Sports Park Arena this Saturday, and welcome Worcester Wolves for a 7pm tip-off as we continue our BBL Cup campaign.
Tickets are available here as we celebrate YOU, the Scorchers fans – and after Friday’s agonising overtime defeat in Bristol, we need you to make the difference in cheering the team to victory!
With former Scorchers star Jordan Williams enjoying a strong Wolves debut in their superb 92-67 victory against BBL Cup holders London Lions, Creon admits that Worcester – and Williams in particular – will pose a major threat, but is also confident that the Sports Park Arena can again become a fortress this season.
“I’m extremely excited to be back at the Sports Park and our fans are key for us. They make a huge difference to our performances, and if we have everybody wearing Scorchers colours and make as much noise as they can that will set the tone for the night.
“When you’re tired, you get the energy from the fans. We’re going to give our all, and we know that with the backing of the fans we’re going to be able to give any team that comes to Surrey Sports Park a tough game.”
Creon has demanded a response from his players after letting a 17-point lead slip against the Flyers, and is pleased with what he has seen on the practice court early this week. “We know we let one go, but the reaction has been extremely positive. Going over the game again hurt, but we’ve got to learn from it, and we can’t be making the same mistakes.
“We’ve built the team to share the scoring, in a way that everybody is looking after each other,” continued Creon after seeing six players reach double figures on Friday. “We’re going to need that again, but if we share the basketball – and do our rebounding and defensive duties – I’m confident that we’ll be in with a chance.”
Calling Williams “an immense talent”, Creon admits: “He’ll be the first person that we’ll be focusing on. Having coached him, we know a bit about him so should be able to focus on what we need to do.
“Worcester have recruited really well, with some good Americans and good European experience, and I expect them to at least be a top five team with the roster that they’ve put together. But this is what makes the challenge for us even more exciting.”
Scorchers will be able to call upon point guard Chip Flanigan for the first time, and Creon sees his role as being key. “Having Chip to start the game will be very big for us. Adrian (Kuyinu) and Caylin did a great job for us in that position on Friday, but Chip will fit in and bring us a little bit more rebounding and he’s a great passer of the ball.”