Preview: Rocks @ Tigers 8/2/13

Preview: Rocks @ Tigers

Mersey Tigers’ search for a first BBL Championship win of the campaign continues at Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park as they host the Rocks tonight.

Tigers remain winless after 21 games, while Rocks continue to challenge for a top four position and head into the game in fifth place with a 13-8 record.

It will be the second meeting of the season between the two sides, with Rocks having won 109-72 when they played at the Emirates Arena in mid-December. However, Tigers have won seven of the last ten meetings between the clubs and hold a 13-10 lead in the all-time series against Rocks.

Tigers’ coach Tony Walsh knows what to expect from the visitors: “Glasgow had a very interesting weekend, a tale of two games, playing both games at home The first of the two games saw Sterling Davis’s Glasgow dominate our local rivals Chester Phoenix with Robinson, Vanderbeken and Murray leading their team in scoring, but on the other hand they didn’t seem to get out of the blocks against London two days later.

“When we play the Rocks this Friday they will have seen how well we had played against the team that pushed them and will be ready as always for a hard fought game, Sterling and Murray will always be a threat and we will be working hard on closing them down and disturbing the flow of play these good players can bring to the game. Our goal is to close down the 37 points they beat us by in Glasgow and maybe even shock them with a display similar to that against the Lions.”

In contrast, Rocks’ player-coach Davis is looking for a repeat of when the teams met earlier in the campaign: “The Tigers are a team that haven’t had much success this season but play very hard and are hungry for that first victory.

“Their production has varied from game to game. I think different guys are called on to do different things every game. I thought we did a good job of jumping on these guys early. It set a tone for us to hold ourselves accountable for.”

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