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Cheshire Phoenix vs Glasgow Rocks – Preview

by Vlad Ionasc

Cheshire Phoenix will travel to Scotland where they’ll have the opportunity to clinch the head-to-head over the Glasgow Rocks.

The Nix defeated the Rocks 75-64 in the first regular-season meeting between the two sides, back on January 3rd.

Gareth Murray’s team has the worst record in the league (4-20). The Scottish side recently lost the services of Christian Keeling and Ronald Delph.

GAME DETAILS

Date: Sunday 11th April, 2021

Tip-off: 3:30 p.m.

Competition: BBL Championship

Where: Emirates Arena

How to watch: BBL Player

The BBL Player is the new one-stop-shop for all BBL action as you can watch every club and every game (excluding Bristol’s home gameslive and on-demand for £19.99 per month. Alternatively, single-game passes are priced at £4.99.

Because of how the BBL is structured, all the money from the BBL Player goes directly to the clubs, so make sure to select the Cheshire Phoenix as your ‘club to support’ when registering, as all the revenue will help carry the club through this incredibly difficult period of financial insecurity.

ROCKS SCOUTING REPORT

Photo Credit: Adam Day

The Rocks have an 8-24 record in all competitions.

Murray’s men have won just five out of 14 games at home (all competitions).

The Rocks reached the Quarter-Final of the BBL Cup and Semi-Final of the BBL Trophy, however they currently find themselves at the bottom of the BBL Championship table.

The Scottish side has the worst offense in the league, at 73.1 points-per-game and a bottom-three defence, at 86.3 points-allowed-per-game.

The Rocks are averaging 42.5% shooting from the field, 32.7% from deep and 67% from the free-throw line.

The Rocks lead the BBL in turnovers-per-game (16).

Opponents shoot 47.7% from the field and 36% from three-point range against the Rocks.

Glasgow allows its opponents to haul in the second-most rebounds in the BBL (37 per contest).

Following the departures of Keeling and Delph, the Rocks don’t have any players averaging double-digit points.

Boban Jacdonmi leads his team in rebounds, with 5.6 boards per contest.

Murray leads the Rocks in assists-per-game (2.7) and three-point percentage (43.1% 3PT).

The Rocks have triumphed in four of the last five meetings between the two teams.

KEY PLAYERS

Glasgow Rocks: Gareth Murray — Glasgow’s player/coach will have to lead by example and perform at his absolute best in order for the Rocks to even up the head-to-head.

Cheshire Phoenix: Kahron Ross — Cheshire’s guard will have to take advantage of Glasgow’s fragile defence and provide his team with another MVP-type performance in a ‘must-win’ game.

COACH’S CORNER

Photo Credit: Adam Day

Ben Thomas: “It’s a must win game. We’ve not been in great form over the last couple of weeks. At this time of the season we really need to get back to winning ways!

“Glasgow have had a tough season, but I know they are going to be really up for this game and we need a full 40 minute performance to get the result we want.”

NEXT HOME GAME

The Nix will be back in action at the EPSV on Sunday 18th of April, against the Plymouth Raiders in the BBL Championship. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.

 

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