Weekend Preview – Newcastle Eagles

After a stunning run of form that culminated in an undefeated December, your Plymouth Raiders return to the Pavilions this weekend to face the number three ranked Newcastle Eagles.  In what was an incredible festive season for the Raiders, Donte Nicholas and Paul James were deservedly named Player and Head Coach of the month by the BBL.  

Returning to full strength after a number of injuries to key players, the Raiders struck gold in the month of December, reeling off wins against the Cheshire Phoenix, London City Royals and Surrey Scorchers respectively.  Having already tasted defeat against the Eagles earlier this season, Plymouth will be looking for revenge against the team who lie two places above them in the BBL rankings.  

Despite having lost three of their last four games, the Eagles will have gained confidence from their most recent victory against the reigning BBL champions, Leicester Riders.  Hoping to soar once again for the Eagles this weekend are Rahmon Fletcher and Victor Moses.  Fletcher leads the league in average assists and scored a dominant 18 points against the Riders last week.  Victor Moses also chipped in with a double-double against Leicester and the 6’7 power forward features in the BBL top ten for both field goals made and average points.  

For your Plymouth Raiders, Donte Nicholas enjoyed a barnstorming festive season averaging 20.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 9.3 assists per game.  Nicholas, who is quickly becoming a fan favourite at the Pavilions, will be looking to continue his remarkable run of form against the Eagles on Sunday.  

Rashad Hassan has proven himself as an extremely shrewd signing for Plymouth this 2018/19 season.  The two-time BBL team of the year forward is averaging 20.43 points per game and has been instrumental in the Raiders recent success.  With Josh Wilcher and Joonas Jarvelainen also performing exceptionally well, it is shaping up to be an exciting 2019 at the Pavilions.  

Tip off time this Sunday is 15:00.  If you want to be a part of the action, you can find your ticket at:

https://www.plymouthraiders.com/tickets/

Let’s make it a happy New Year for the Raiders in 2019!

Josh Lines