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Cheshire Phoenix vs Glasgow Rocks – Preview

by Vlad Ionasc

Cheshire Phoenix will host the Glasgow Rocks in the BBL Championship on Sunday evening (5:30 pm).

GAME DETAILS

Date: Sunday, February 16th, 2020

Tip-off: 5:30pm

Competition: BBL Championship

Where: EPSV

How to watch: BBL’s official YouTube channel

ROCKS SCOUTING REPORT

Photo by Adam Day

The Rocks have won seven of their last 10 games in all competitions.

The Scots were knocked out of the BBL Trophy by the Nix in an overtime thriller at the Emirates Arena.

Vincent Lavandier’s men rank second in the BBL Championship (7-3 record).

The season series between the two teams is split 2-2. Cheshire’s wins were both obtained on the road.

The Rocks shoot well as a team. They’ve made 50.5 percent of their attempts from the field and 35.4 percent from three-point territory.

KEY PLAYERS

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Glasgow Rocks: Ali Fraser – Glasgow’s forward is known for his physicality and crafty moves in the paint. Fraser scored 20 points (8-16 FG) in his last encounter against Cheshire. He averages 17.3 points-per-game (60.6 FG%) and 7.3 rebounds-per-game in the Championship. He is also a decent distributor – averaging 3.6 assists-per-game.

Cheshire Phoenix: Michael Ochereobia – Cheshire’s center will be tasked with anchoring the defense and crashing the glass on both ends. He averages a league-leading 4.6 offensive rebounds-per-game. Ochereobia will have to use his size and toughness to suppress Glasgow’s giants – Maxime Djo Ebala, Gareth Murray and Fraser.

COACH’S CORNER

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Ben Thomas: “The Rocks play very physical, team basketball. They move the ball really well. We have to capitalize on them playing against Surrey on Saturday night, we have to be physical with them and we have to make them work.

“Right now we’re not sure if Parker will play. He’s still unwell but we’re taking it day-by-day up until Sunday and we’ll see how he is then.”

NEXT HOME GAME

The Nix are next in action at the EPSV against the Manchester Giants on the 8th March. Secure your TICKETS for the North West derby now!

GO PHOENIX! BRING THE NOISE!

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