Preview: Rocks v Riders 24/2/13

Preview: Rocks v Riders

The hottest two sides in the BBL Championship meet at the Emirates Arena this evening as the Rocks host Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders.

The Rocks have moved up to third in the Championship table after seven straight wins in the competition and now have a 16-8 record. Meanwhile, Riders have also won their last seven Championship games and their last ten in all competitions and now sit top of the table with just two defeats in 21 games.

Riders can seal the head-to-head decider between the two clubs on Sunday having already won 85-73 when the teams met in Glasgow in early December. However, Rocks have won seven of the last 11 meetings between the clubs and hold a 37-19 lead in the all-time series.

Rocks’ player-coach Sterling Davis clearly rates the Riders highly: “They have proven that they will compete for everything there is to grab and are a very well-balanced team.

“I think their entire team are major players in their success so far. They have really passed the accountability around this season as far who steps up on the night.

“We just need to stay aggressive for the entire game while being able to take some punches without falling.”

Rocks guard Andrew Wedemire also expects a tough game: “They have a really good squad and are currently at the top of the league and have been playing very good basketball.

“We played a good game for three quarters last time and had a terrible fourth to let the game slip away from us. We need to improve on the defensive boards and not allow second chance points.”

Despite his side’s lofty position at the top of the table, Riders’ coach Rob Paternostro won’t be taking the Rocks lightly on Sunday: “Glasgow is playing very well, Sterling has done a nice job and he is getting contributions from many players on the roster.

“It’s important that we continue to defend both physically and mentally.”

Rocks’ guard EJ Harrison needs five more steals to reach the 250 mark in BBL Championship games and just one more turnover to reach the same – but unwanted – milestone.

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