Preview: Rocks v Eagles


It will be a historical night for Eagles’ player-coach and bonafide BBL legend Fab Flournoy when he steps out at the Emirates Arena to become the All-Time BBL leader for appearances.

But for now at least, the Eagles’ player-coach is simply focusing on channelling his huge sense of relief after squeezing past Leicester Riders last weekend.

In a typically spiky contest which culminated in a dramatic attempt by Riders to win it with the last shot of the game, followed by the spilling over of some bad-blood after the final buzzer had sounded, Flournoy was thrilled his team gutted out a pivotal victory.

The focus now shifts towards another raw and feisty rivalry against the Rocks and Flournoy isn’t taking any notice whatsoever of the hosts’ disappointing ninth place position in the BBL championship standings.

“Glasgow is always tough for us,” he proclaimed.

“The Rocks are our natural rivals and every game between us is a battle.

“They are better than their record suggests and they will have an extra week to integrate their new player.”

Flournoy is of course referring to Chris Johnson who couldn’t inspire his team to a win on his debut, but could prove more dangerous this time around for the home team.

And, Flournoy will be hoping the Canadian and his Rocks’ team-mates don’t spoil the party by picking up a win and making his historical appearance number 541 an unpleasant one.

Last time they met:

Glasgow Rocks 69 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 81 (BBL Cup, Emirates Arena, 17/11/2013)

What they say:

Rocks’ guard Jonny Bunyan: “I think with the Cheshire game they just jumped on us early and we got deflated really quickly. We folded after that which was disappointing in front of our home fans. With the forthcoming Eagles game, it’s our big rival so we need to get ourselves psyched up for that one and if we can put in a strong performance at home against them, it will help to put the Cheshire game to the back of our minds.”

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