The Weekly Preview: Can Plymouth upset Newcastle with repeat victory?

Five games take place this week as we begin to hit the final stretch of the regular season!

This week’s schedule:

Friday 09 March 2018
(CH) Esh Group Eagles Newcastle v Plymouth Raiders, 7:30pm
(CH)  DBL Sharks Sheffield v Cheshire Phoenix, 7:30pm – BBC Sport
(CH) Worcester Wolves v Leeds Force, 7:30pm

Sunday 11 March 2018
(CH) Glasgow Rocks v Cheshire Phoenix, 5pm – FreeSports

Tuesday 13 March 2018
(CH) London Lions v Bristol Flyers, 7:30pm

Game Previews:

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle v Plymouth Raiders

Details: Friday 09 March, 7:30pm, Sport Central, BBL Championship

Last meeting: Raiders 89-73 Eagles (Championship, November 2017)

Summary: Newcastle’s home game against Worcester was postponed last week due to the weather so both teams have had extra time to prepare for this encounter. Plymouth were the first team to beat Newcastle in the league this season but have since lost 12 of 13 in the BBL Championship.

Season record: Eagles 0-1 Raiders

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DBL Sharks Sheffield v Cheshire Phoenix

Details: Friday 09 March, 7:30pm, EIS Sheffield, BBL Championship

Last meeting: Phoenix 77-82 Sharks (Championship, February 2018)

*LIVE on BBC Sport*

Summary: Sheffield will be looking to bounce back from their defeat in the Trophy Final on Sunday as they take on the BBL Cup champions on Friday. Cheshire have lost 5 of their last 7 games since winning the Cup and currently sit outside of the Play-Off places.

Quote: “It’s a big weekend for us,” Phoenix centre CJ Gettys. “Two big road games against two good opponents. Sheffield is obviously playing good basketball right now after coming up short in the Trophy Final and will want to avenge that loss.”

Season record: Sharks 2-0 Phoenix

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Worcester Wolves v Leeds Force

Details: Friday 09 March, 7:30pm, University of Worcester Arena, BBL Championship

Last meeting: Force 76-101 Wolves (Championship, February 2018)

Summary: Worcester have had time to re-integrate their international stars and will be aiming to complete a comfortable season sweep over Leeds with the visitors still searching for their second win of the season.

Stat: Mike Ojo is 15 points away from reaching 1000 in his BBL Championship career having scored 885 with Plymouth and 100 for Worcester so far.

Season record: Wolves 2-0 Force

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Glasgow Rocks v Cheshire Phoenix

Details: Sunday 11 March, 5pm, Emirates Arena, BBL Championship

Last meeting: Phoenix 79-75 Sharks (Trophy, December 2017)

*LIVE on FreeSports TV*

Summary: Last week saw the Rocks’ team divide in a Glasgow Select v Scotland battle before the Trophy Final, but they will be looking to get back on the same page ahead of the visit of Cheshire. The Rocks have a cushion in third place with Cheshire finishing a tough double-header on the road.

Quote: “Glasgow is sitting in either second or third for a reason – a very good team with great experience, led by Kieron Achara who is a great leader for that team,” Phoenix centre GJ Gettys.

“We have to start winning some games to increase our Play-Off chances.”

Season record: Rocks 1-0 Phoenix (1-1 all comps)

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London Lions v Bristol Flyers

Details: Tuesday 13 March, 7:30pm, Copper Box Arena, BBL Championship

Last meeting: Flyers 81-64 Lions (Championship, January 2018)

Summary: London host Bristol in a rare Tuesday night encounter in the BBL with the season head-to-head on the line. The Flyers have won four of their last five to boost their Play-Off hopes with London occupying the eighth spot albeit with games in hand on those above them.

Season record: Lions 1-1 Flyers

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