Weekend Preview – Cheshire Phoenix


A mixed opening weekend for the Raiders with a loss at Worcester and a big home win against London Lions. Paul James was happy with how his team performed saying “ Friday night I don’t think we played our best or to our potential but we had a reaction from that on Sunday.

“Sunday I thought we did a great job defensively, really got after the game in the second half and we executed down the stretch when we needed too”.

After Sunday’s win both Josh Wilcher and Donte Nicholas made this week’s BBL all star 5 with Joonas Jarvaleinen appearing of the bench. When asked if this was a sign of things to come Coach James said “I certainly hope so, they all very good games on Sunday, they showed their experience of playing in the BBL before and hopefully they can continue that.

“Hopefully now some of the other guys can step up now as well”

Plymouth head to Cheshire this Sunday after a similar run of events, an away defeat to Newcastle Eagles and a home win against Worcester Wolves. A player to watch out for this weekend will be Dil’jon Allen-Jordon as he put up 22 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals against Worcester. 

Knowing that there’s no such thing as an easy team in the BBL coach James said this “ Cheshire are a very athletic team, they are very quick in transition, we’re going to have to play for 40 minutes, be very solid in what we do and look after the ball.

“They are never going to be out of sight, they are a quick team. They had a good result against (Worcester) Wolves on Sunday so it’s going to be a tough game for us.”

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Looking towards the Raiders next home game, they host Glasgow Rocks at the Plymouth Pavilions on the 7th October with a tip off time of 3pm.

Tickets are available from www.plymouthraiders.com