Sunday 13th October @5:00pm, Emirates Arena…
Pushing the pace and pulling down the boards will be pivotal for Plymouth University Raiders when they travel to Glasgow Rocks on Sunday, according to coach Jay Marriott.
Raiders bounced back from defeats in each of their first two games to beat Esh Group Eagles Newcastle in an overtime thriller last weekend as Rocks routed Surrey United in their opener.
Marriott wants his team to use that victory to kick-start their season and using a high tempo to tackle Glasgow’s ‘grit’ will be Plymouth’s priority.
Marriott said: “Obviously to beat a team like Newcastle gives us great confidence but behind the scenes we have felt very good anyway.
“We talk about the process all the time and know when it clicks we are going to be a very dangerous team.
“Glasgow are a well put together team every year but what makes them a dangerous entity this year is they have more experience and more grit than years gone by.
“The big key is for our big men to find the form we know they are capable of. If we can control the boards we will have a very big advantage.
“I think we need to push the pace, whoever wins the battle of tempo will win this game. We cannot rest on one good performance so I’m looking for my guys to build from here.”
Last time they met:
Plymouth University Raiders 87 Glasgow Rocks 78 (BBL Play-offs – quarter-final, second leg – Plymouth Pavilions, 15/04/2013)
What they say:
Rocks guard Jonny Bunyan: “We know Plymouth are a whole different challenge for us, so we need to take both positives and negatives from our first game and make sure we make less mistakes in the Plymouth game because they will make us pay for them.”
Raiders forward Ben Eaves: “I think we proved to ourselves that we can close games which is going to be very important, as there are a lot of good teams in the league, so some games are going to be real close and won in the final stages. It’s just a matter of us staying focused and paying close attention to details, and the little things that make those differences.”