The battle for third place in the BBL Championship continues at the Emirates Arena tonight when the Rocks host Surrey Heat.
The Rocks head into the Easter weekend in fifth spot with an 18-10 record, while Heat are one place higher having won 19 of their 30 games.
The game has added importance in the battle for seedings in the post-season play-offs as the head-to-head decider is on the line on Friday evening. Both of this season’s meetings took place at Surrey Sports Park with Heat winning 84-78 in October before Rocks levelled the series with an 82-76 victory a month later.
Rocks’ player-coach Sterling Davis knows his team face a tough test: “This is a very well balanced team who has various weapons at every position. They also have very good depth in their bench which is a big plus for them.
“When it comes to key players, you have to start with Chavis Holmes because he is in that lead role for them. He is very effective night after night.
“We have not seen them in a while so whatever positive things we did in that meeting will need to be magnified as they have gotten better throughout the course of this season.”
Heat coach Creon Raftopoulos rates the Rocks highly: “I think Sterling has done a fantastic job keeping Rocks in the top half of the table, had they managed to hold on to Kieran Achara I think they would have picked up some silverware in one of the cup competitions. We’re both in a four team battle to finish third so there is plenty to play off come Good Friday.”
The Heat play-caller knows what to expect from the Rocks: “EJ Harrison continues to be a top point guard in our league and runs their team well. They have multiple weapons capable of hurting you with big scoring nights in Gareth Murray, Donald Robinson and Sterling.
“It seems like a season ago we last played each other so I feel we both different teams and past games will count for nothing. We will both want to win the season’s head-to-head to series.”