The Plymouth Raiders come into week 5 looking to build on their 87-83 win against the Glasgow Rocks last week at the Pavilions. Raiders will be playing for their first away victory of the season against last year’s BBL Championship semi-finalists, the Bristol Flyers. Tickets have sold out in advance for the game and fans will be looking forward to a raucous atmosphere in this eagerly anticipated South-West derby.
The Flyers have started well this season and are on a three game winning streak, with their most recent victory coming on the 6th of October against the beleaguered 1-4 Glasgow Rocks. This will be the first of a two game series for the Flyers against the Raiders, as they play them again at the Pavilions in a cup game on the 28th of October.
For the Flyers, Lewis Champion has caught the eye with back-to-back game winning performances. Not only did Champion bury the Worcester Wolves with a clutch three-pointer late in the game, the 25-year-old championship winner also led his team to victory with an impressive 18 points against the Glasgow Rocks respectively.
The Raiders will be looking to the explosive Donte Nicholas for inspiration as they aim for their first away win of the year. The DC native currently lies second in the league for both average points and assists, a testament to the work rate and selflessness of one of Plymouth’s most important players.
This game is likely to be even more significant for the Raider’s Devontavius Payne, as he will face his East Tennessee State college teammate Jalan McCloud for the first time as an opponent.
Speaking to Bristol Flyers media, McCloud spoke candidly about his friendship with Payne, stating that:
“We built a very strong relationship, a bond that can’t be broken. Of course, when we are on the floor, on opposite teams it will be like a big rivalry, we are both competitors.”
Stoking the fires in this already heated rivalry McCloud was later asked if there had been any trash talk between him and Payne in the lead up to the game:
“Of course there has. A lot.”
If you haven’t been able to get a ticket for the game you can follow all of the action online via the usual social media channels.
The next home game will be on the 21st of October against the Newcastle Eagles, with tip-off at 3 p.m.
To find out more or to purchase tickets, visit www.plymouthraiders.com