Plymouth Raiders – Weekend Preview

After some much needed time off, Plymouth Raiders return to action this weekend with back-to-back games against London City Royals and Surrey Scorchers.   

Despite an encouraging performance against Leicester Riders, the Raiders entered their bye week on a two game losing streak.  The second of those losses, a particularly disappointing performance against bottom of the table Worcester Wolves.    

Head Coach Paul James was in reflective mood after his sides poor performance, commenting;

“We just didn’t do what we were supposed to do today…  I’m really disappointed in the way we came out and how we applied ourselves… It wasn’t good on our behalf and we’ve got to be much better than that.”  

Perhaps the only positive from the Wolves game was the performance of Devontavius Payne.  The East Tennessee State alumnus recorded a team-leading 20 points, five rebounds and three steals.  Raiders fans will be keen for Payne to continue his good form against the Royals on Saturday as he looks to produce on a more consistent basis.  

Despite falling short of his usual high standards, Donte Nicholas was still able to display his undeniable class and selflessness to provide 12 assists against Worcester.  The back-to-back BBL Player of the Month is third in the league for average assists and will undoubtedly serve as a focal point once again as Plymouth look to cement their play-off position this weekend.

The Raiders travel to the capital city this Saturday for their first game of the weekend.  Their opponents, London City Royals, are fourth in the league with three games in hand over their closest rivals, Newcastle Eagles.  Not only are they flying high in the league, the Royals are also top of the form table, having won five of their last five games.  London City’s main threat comes in the form of Matthew Bryan-Amaning.  The 6’7 forward leads his team in both average points (18.31) and assists (7.5) making him the player to watch for Raiders Head Coach Paul James. 

On Sunday, it’s the Scorchers turn to enter the Fox’s Den.  The Surrey side are second from bottom and have only won one of their last five games.  The most recent meeting between the sides was in February and finished 98-112 in Plymouth’s favour.  If they are to be victorious again on Sunday, the Raiders will need to keep a close eye on Scorchers guard, Quincy Taylor.  The Michigan native is averaging an impressive 18.71 points per game and has the ability to cause problems for any team in the BBL on his day.  

Tip-off time for the Scorchers game is 15:00 on Sunday.  If you want to be a part of the Raiders play-off race, you can get your ticket at www.plymouthraiders.com/tickets.  You can also follow all the action from London via the @officialraiders Twitter.

Let’s go Raiders! 

Josh Lines