A busy weekend of league action takes place following on from Sunday’s BBL Trophy Final..
Friday 24 March 2017
(CH) London Lions v Cheshire Phoenix, 7:30pm
(CH) Esh Group Eagles Newcastle v Manchester Giants, 7:30pm
(CH) Plymouth Raiders v Bristol Flyers, 7:30pm
(CH) Worcester Wolves v Leicester Riders, 7:30pm
Saturday 25 March 2017
(CH) Bristol Flyers v Surrey Scorchers, 7:30pm
Sunday 26 March 2017
(CH) Surrey Scorchers v DBL Sharks Sheffield, 2pm
(CH) Leicester Riders v Glasgow Rocks, 4pm
(CH) Manchester Giants v London Lions, 5pm
(CH) Cheshire Phoenix v Worcester Wolves, 5:30pm
London Lions v Cheshire Phoenix
Details: Friday 24 March, Copper Box Arena, 7:30pm – BBL Championship
Summary: The Lions snapped a three-game losing streak with victory over Plymouth last week to improve to a 13-11 record, while Cheshire have won their last two games. This marks the first meeting between the two sides as they’ll also meet twice in April.
Last season: Lions 3-0 Phoenix
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle v Manchester Giants
Details: Friday 24 March, Sport Central, 7:30pm – BBL Championship
Summary: Second meets bottom in the league as Newcastle look to renew their title challenge with a season sweep over the Giants. Fab Flournoy’s side were beaten by Sheffield last week, but have won all 15 meetings with Manchester since their 2012 BBL return.
Stat attack: Rahmon Fletcher became the first player to pass 500 BBL Championship points on the season.
Season record: Eagles 2-0 Giants
Plymouth Raiders v Bristol Flyers
Details: Friday 24 March, Plymouth Pavilions, 7:30pm – BBL Championship
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Summary: The latest installment in the developing rivalry between Plymouth Raiders and Bristol Flyers takes place in front of the BBC Sport cameras on Friday.
Flyers face a wounded Raiders side, who struggled to show their best on the big stage as they were swept aside 91-58 by Leicester Riders in last Sunday’s BBL Trophy Final.
Just two points separate the sides at tip-off, but the Bristol club come into the game off the back of three straight wins while the hosts have lost their last four in the League.
Season record: Raiders 1-1 Flyers
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Worcester Wolves v Leicester Riders
Details: Friday 24 March, University of Worcester Arena, 7:30pm – BBL Championship
Summary: Worcester are one of the in-form teams in the league with five wins from their last six and they go up against the BBL Trophy champions. The Riders have now won a club-record 16 consecutive games in all competitions and also have a four-point lead at the top of the table.
Paul James, Wolves head coach – “We’ve been sharing the ball really well lately, but the key has been our defence.
“It’s going to be a very tough game – we haven’t played Leicester since the beginning of the season.
“On the back of winning the Trophy, but we have been in great form and want to keep our winning streak going.”
Season record: Wolves 0-1 Riders
Bristol Flyers v Surrey Scorchers
Details: Saturday 25 March, SGS Wise Arena, 7:30pm – BBL Championship
Summary: A potentially huge game in the race for the Play-Offs as Bristol host Surrey. Just 2 points separate the two teams with the Flyers having two games in hand heading into the weekend. Victory for Surrey would also secure the head-to-head.
Jordan Williams, Scorchers forward – “We’re just taking it game by game, week by week. I feel like us as a team are finding our rhythm coming together as a team more and more everyday. So that’s definitely building our confidence.”
Season record: Flyers 0-1 Scorchers (0-2 all comps)
Surrey Scorchers v DBL Sharks Sheffield
Details: Sunday 26 March, Surrey Sports Park, 2pm – BBL Championship
Summary: The Scorchers return to action following their crunch clash with a home game against Sheffield. A first win over Newcastle in 3 years was achieved by the Sharks last Friday as they edge closer to third spot.
Jordan Williams, Scorchers forward – “It’s really important [defending our home court] – we have a great fan base that are there for us week in week out, so we fuel off their energy.
“We’re coming close to the end of the regular season and to make the final eight is close so every game counts.”
Season record: Scorchers 1-1 Sharks
Leicester Riders v Glasgow Rocks
Details: Sunday 26 March, Emirates Arena, 4pm – BBL Championship
Summary: Part two of a weekend double-header for the league leaders as the Riders return home as Trophy champions. Glasgow are the visitors with Neil Watson making his return to his former team with the Rocks having lost their last four games.
Stat attack: Leicester have conceded less than 70 points in a game on 13 occasions this season.
Season record: Riders 1-1 Rocks (2-1 all comps)
Manchester Giants v London Lions
Details: Sunday 26 March, Trafford Sportsdome, 5pm – BBL Championship
Summary: Manchester require a strong finish to the regular season in order to avoid a bottom placed finish and start with a double-header concluded with a home game with London. The visitors sit fifth in the standings but are only two wins clear of ninth place as the battle for the Play-Offs intensifies.
Season record: Giants 0-2 Lions
Cheshire Phoenix v Worcester Wolves
Details: Sunday 26 March, Cheshire Oaks Arena, 5:30pm – BBL Championship
Summary: Both Cheshire and Worcester round out the weekend with their series head-to-head on the line having split the two previous meetings. Phoenix face a tough task of reaching the post-season, while it’s the Wolves on the rise as they now have the top four within their sights.
Season record: Phoenix 1-1 Wolves