Rocks prepare for big weekend against Riders and Lions

It’s a big weekend coming up for Rocks as they take on 2018 League winners, Leicester Riders on Friday before traveling to Birmingham on Sunday to take on league leaders, London Lions in the Final of the 2019 BBL Cup.

Rocks take on the BBL Championship winners for the last three years for the first time this season when they welcome them to the Emirates this Friday. The league leaders from seasons past came into the 2018/19 season later this year as a result of playing in the Eurocup competitions, but they have slowly climbed their way up the table and currently sit in 4th place behind Newcastle Eagles. Riders come into Friday’s game on the back of a 4-game winning streak in the BBL Championship.

 

Many of the pieces from last season’s title run remain of Riders’ roster with leading scorers Pierre Hampton and J.R. Holder playing a key part in their run of form in the league. In his first season in the BBL, DeAndre Burnett is also averaging 16 points and nearly 4 assists per game for the Riders. Burnett is a two-way guard with the ability to make a shot from anywhere on the floor.

 

As has also been the story with past seasons, Riders have an exceptionally deep roster that allows them to run teams off the court. However, Riders have also struggled with injury issues this season making their wins less of a certainty than they have in previous seasons.

 

It will be a touch matchup for Rocks as they will also be looking ahead to Sunday’s BBL Cup Final fixture against London Lions.

This will be Rock’s third encounter of the season with the London side. On Rocks last two meeting with the Lions in the league they have failed to register a win with the London side. Currently sitting at the top of the BBL, the London Lions have been the team to beat this season. The trio of Ladarius Tabb, Justin Robinson and Brandon Peel has proven more than a lot to handle for the majority of the teams in the BBL, with all three averaging over 15 points per game for the Lions.

 

 

Nevertheless, Rocks, despite being underdogs, have the chance to claim their first bit of silverware since 2003. It can’t be stated enough how important this weekend will be for Rocks to get their season back on track.

There are still tickets available for both games this weekend. Get your tickets for our fixture against Riders here.

Tickets for Sunday’s BBL Cup Final at The Arena Birmingham can be purchased now here.