Preview: Rocks @ Wildcats

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Patrick Manifold believes Glasgow Rocks will use the pain of Sunday’s narrow defeat to fuel their effort against Durham Wildcats on Saturday.

Glasgow slipped to 2-5 when a late 13-0 Worcester Wolves run took a tight game out of reach.

The result still rankles with the Rocks but Manifold and his team-mates, rallied by coach Sterling Davis, are keen to put it right.

“Sunday was rough for us,” said the forward.

“Anytime you are in the fourth quarter in a close game and you end up losing, it hurts.

“We are a team of competitors and to be honest the loss is still hurting. But we have two games this week and I have no doubt that Sterling will have us fully prepared to be successful in both games.”

Rocks host Esh Group Eagles Newcastle in the BBL Cup quarter-final on Sunday – but no-one is looking beyond ever-developing Durham.

Manifold added: “They are 3-4 right now, and from what I hear, they have improved from last season.

“They have a balanced attack with five players averaging double figures in points so we will have to be ready to play Rocks defense the way that we are capable of, and I believe that we will.”

Last time they met:

Glasgow Rocks 88 Durham Wildcats 66 (BBL Championship, Emirates Arena, 03/03/2013)

What they say:

Wildcats coach Lee Davie: “I know Danny Huffor is particularly excited about facing his old team and former team-mates.

“They’ve got a high scoring backcourt, one of the league’s best big guys in Daniel Northern, teaming with Fran Urli, they have been doing a great job on the offensive boards.

“Gareth Murray’s a very smart player with great energy and emotion that pushes this team, and the player-coach always has his team well prepared and does a great job of running the show.”

Rocks coach Sterling Davis: “We are making too many elementary mistakes to be good right now. That is the frustrating thing about our group right now.

“Intensity levels are non-existent and until we see a change we will continue to falter.

“I have always been a fan of Durham in the past and their discipline. They seem to have a lot better talent this season, which, if their discipline stays consistent, equates to a very good team.”

We’ll have full coverage of tonight’s game through Twitter.

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