Surrey Scorchers vs Plymouth Raiders – Preview

 

After crashing out of the BBL Trophy on Friday night, Plymouth Raiders refocus their sights on the league and a clash with Surrey Scorchers.  

Head Coach Paul James will be demanding a vast improvement from his players after the Raiders were defeated 66-90 by the resurgent Glasgow Rocks on Friday.  Donte Nicholas was the stand-out performer for the Raiders, finishing the game with an admirable 16 points and five assists.  Denzel Ubiaro and Rashad Hassan also chipped in with 13 and 12 points respectively, in what was an ultimately lacklustre showing from the South-West side. 

The Scorchers have been enjoying an extended break between games as their Friday night fixture with Bristol Flyers was postponed due to inclement weather.  The Surrey side are currently second from bottom in the BBL and are on a three game losing streak. Despite their perilous league position, Quincy Taylor has been enjoying a stand-out season for the Scorchers.  The 27-year-old Michigan native features in the BBL top 10 for both average assists and average points per game.  Coach James will also need to be wary of Tayo Ogedengbe.  Not only is Ogedengbe the longest serving player in Scorchers franchise history, the experienced Forward is averaging an impressive 18.82 points per game this season.   

The Raiders will be relying on the leadership of Josh Wilcher as they look to move on from Friday night’s shock defeat.  Wilcher has been a constant source of inspiration for Plymouth this season and will play a key role in directing the offense once again against the Scorchers. Donte Nicholas led the team in both points and assists against the Rocks and it is imperative that he continue his good run of form if the Raiders are to return from Surrey with a W.             

You can keep up with all the action on social media by ‘following the fox’ @officialraiders.  The next home game will be against the Leicester Riders on February 10th, tickets are available at www.plymouthraiders.com/tickets

Let’s go Raiders!

Josh Lines