London Lions and the Rocks will both be looking to collect their eighth BBL Championship victory of the season when they meet at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre tonight.
The Rocks head into a weekend which also sees them visit Worcester Wolves on Saturday night in sixth place with seven wins from 13 games while Lions are one place behind them having played two games more.
The Lions will be aiming to level the season series between the team as their trip to the new Emirates Arena in November ended in an 87-73 loss in front of another big crowd.
Lions’ coach Vince Macaulay has praise for his opposite number for the job he has done with the Rocks this season: “Sterling Davis has been dealing with a fair amount of upheaval this season despite what you would think was a reasonable return of veterans from last season. Adding new Americans and then the Kieron Achara’s short stay and departure all add to a level of uncertainty.
“I think EJ Harrison is the key driver for the Rocks and obviously Donald Robinson has found his feet very quickly but Sterling and Gareth Murray have been in Scotland long enough now to know the passion of the club.”
Macaulay is looking for a full-40 minute performance in Friday’s game: “We had a good three quarters or so up there in our first encounter but really ran out of steam allowing them to get us. Kieron Achara and Gareth Murray did really well for them in the second half. We will need to concentrate hard and get out to their three point shooters.”
Sterling Davis – who needs to two offensive rebounds to reach the 750 mark – expects a tough game at Crystal Palace: “Lions are very potent because they have the options of various guys stepping up every night.
“Orlan Jackman has probably been the most consistent this season but there are too many other names on their team who can come up big to only single out one.
“When we played them last time, I thought we did a great job of limiting their transition points which they really depend on.”
Rocks’ guard/forward Andrew Wedemire expects Lions to provide a tough test for his team: “The Lions have been playing some good basketball with some really good wins over top teams, with Orlan Jackman and Tayo Ogedengbe standing out for them.”