Preview: Rocks @ Knights 23/11


James McKeown and the Birmingham Knights are in no doubt as to where their problems lie ahead of tonight’s game against Glasgow Rocks.

Knights search for a first win goes on but they feel they are getting closer – and it is clear to all involved that it is the defensive end where improvements are most needed.

McKeown said: “We know we’re giving up too many points to the opposition each week and that’s the key to getting the win.

“We’ve shown that we don’t have trouble scoring, so it’s all about commitment at the other end of the floor.

“Brent Benson has been a star for us this season and it’s always nice to have the league’s top scorer on your side. Saying that, the last couple of weeks have seen a number of our guys step up and consistently score in double digits, which is an encouraging sign.”

Glasgow, at 2-6, sit just a place above Birmingham. But McKeown and co. can’t focus on the table yet – all their energy is going into getting off the mark.

“We’re as frustrated as anyone not to have picked up a win yet,” he said.

“We’re working our butts off in every training session to change that though.

“We know that we can compete with any team in the league and it’s up to us to show that this weekend in front of a great bunch of home fans.”

What they say:

Rocks coach Sterling Davis: “Birmingham are a new team with young talent. They have new faces as well as guys who have played small roles on rosters before.  They are a hungry team that are trying to adjust to the league.

“I thought Alex Marcotullio did a good job for us last weekend considering he had two days to pick up the system. I like his intensity level on the floor and I hope it will penetrate through the team.”

Knights coach Paul Douglas: “The main area for the squad to focus on this week is not panicking when teams make a run against us. This has been a pattern for us over the last few games plus maintaining out defensive intensity throughout the game.

“Glasgow have made a slow start to the season and Sterling will be looking to address that against us.”

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