Rocks are preparing to return to the Emirates this weekend for the first time in almost a month as they prepare for a double-header at home against both Manchester Giants and Worcester Wolves.
First up on Friday, Manchester Giants, who Rocks have played three times already this season. Despite sitting two spots ahead of Rocks in the league table, Giants appear to be a side whom they match up well with as they have won all three encounters with the Manchester side.
Nevertheless, Giants have a number of threats to keep an eye on guards, Mike McCall and Ingus Bankevic who are both shooting over 36% from outside the perimeter this season. Big man, Willie Clayton is also another one to look out for due to his ability to rebound the ball and force second chance possessions for the Giants and recently picked up his second BBL Player of the Month award.
Last time out against Giants, Rock’s forwards ran riot in the paint, with Murray, Zeigler, Ndiaye, Fraser and Achara all finishing in double figures.
After a day’s rest Rocks will return to the Emirates on Sunday to host the Worcester Wolves for the third time this season. Worcester are another side that Rocks are undefeated against and have had a difficult season so far as they sit in dead last in the BBL table. However under new coach and former Rocks coach, Tony Garbelotto, Worcester have managed to pick up some much needed wins, defeating both Plymouth Raiders and Surrey Scorchers in recent games.
DeShawn Freeman joined the Wolves later in the season and has been injured for the majority of 2019 but when he has been on the floor he has made a massive impact to the Wolves level of play. In 7 games in the league the athletic forward has been averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds.
With two very winnable games, Coach Vincent Lavandier will be looking claim his first win as Rocks head coach this weekend.
Tickets for this weekend’s fixtures against Worcester and Manchester can still be purchased here.