Preview: Rocks v Wildcats

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Glasgow Rocks coach Sterling Davis believes his team’s defence will decide whether they get the result they want against Durham Wildcats on Sunday.

Rocks’ resurgence was halted last weekend when they were beaten by Manchester Giants, bringing to an end a three-game winning streak.

Davis was disappointed with the way his team performed and wants to see major improvements, particularly on defence.

He said: “For us to come out the way we did defensively was really frustrating, especially in the midst of us trying to turn things around.

“We have to focus on defensive execution. We gave up 58 points in a half!

“You cannot win a basketball game with that many points conceded. If we prioritise our defence we will see the results we are looking for.”

The nature of the 5-7 Wildcats’ line-up makes defensive solutions tough to find.

But having been beaten by them once this season, Davis has an approach designed for Durham.

“Durham are a unique match-up for most teams in that they have so many guys of a similar size and position,” Davis added.

“You have to go in with a perimeter-based defensive mindset because they have so many guys who attack facing the basket.”

Last time they met:

Durham Wildcats 85 Glasgow Rocks 72 (BBL Championship, Newton Aycliffe, 16/11/2013)

What they say:

Wildcats coach Lee Davie: “Glasgow are going to be a tough task for us on their home court.

“They are a very well coached team with veteran leadership from both coach Sterling Davis and their captain EJ Harrison. EJ has been playing very well of late and you always need know where he is.

“We showed last time we can be very disruptive defensively, which allowed us to get out and run on them, and then in the half court we had some success both inside and outside last game, which we will need to recreate.”

Rocks guard Jonny Bunyan: “I think we match up well with Durham and the last time we played them was our first game with Alex (Marcotullio) so we are a bit more together now – and they made some tough shots last time that we need to make even tougher this time. We need to not let Ralph Bucci control the game and set the pace of the game ourselves.”

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