Preview: Rocks @ Giants


A three-game winning streak has helped Glasgow Rocks fall back in love with basketball ahead of this weekend’s visit to Manchester Giants.

Talismanic big man Daniel Northern scored 26 points last Sunday as the Rocks stopped London Lions’ streak at six and extended their own to three.

This also helped Glasgow improve to 5-6 but Northern believes it is has had a more profound impact on the players – and he hopes there is more to come.

Northern said: “With the start we had, we knew we would have to put together some win streaks to be a contender going into the Play-offs, so hopefully this is just a start.

“Our sense of urgency has finally reached the surface and, after getting a few wins, the love for the game has returned to the Rocks.

“As long as we remember how it felt to lose, we will do everything every night to avoid that feeling again.”

Giants felt that sinking feeling when Leicester Riders’ late game-winner dropped last weekend – but they proved they can more than hold their own with the BBL’s best.

And Northern knows it will be tough to keep up.

“Manchester score at a high rate,” he added.

“They have a few key players at the moment, but they also have role players who can explode and have a great game at any time, so the main threat would be their offence, and whether we can score with them.

“This league is very competitive, every team must play their best regardless of their opponents’ record, or they will lose on any given night.”

Last time they met:

Glasgow Rocks 100 Manchester Giants 86 (BBL Championship, Emirates Arena, 03/11/2013)

What they say:

Giants coach Jeff Jones: “We have demonstrated we can play with anyone in this league and shown a tremendous desire to work for each other and have become closer as a unit because of it.

“The Rocks give us trouble match-up-wise, they have a very good inside and outside game which causes us trouble.”

Rocks coach Sterling Davis: “Winning can be contagious just as losing can be. Hopefully we are contracting that winning bug now.

“David Aliu is playing incredible basketball right now and really putting the team on his back and the other players seem to really be rallying around him.”

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