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Preview: Surrey Scorchers v Bristol Flyers

Surrey Scorchers v Bristol Flyers
BBL
Surrey Sports Park
Friday, December 4th (7.30pm)

Bristol Flyers travel to Surrey to face the Scorchers for the third time this season, following a loss and a win against the newly formed BBL franchise.

Find out everything you need to know about Flyers' opponents below.

SURREY SCORCHERS
The Scorchers began the BBL this season with a new name and new ownership, as they became part of Surrey Sports Park, which also includes a netball and badminton clubs. The club turned some heads with their summer-signings, notably the return of Tayo Ogedengbe, who played for the Glasgow Rocks last season. Scorchers have had a decent start to the season with three wins from their first eight games, defeating Flyers, Giants and Raiders so far.

COACH
The club have gone back to it’s roots in hiring Zimbabwean Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos, who led up the team under it’s previous names Guildford Heat and Surrey Heat. They achieved a top-four finish under him in 2012-13 and reached the BBL Trophy final in 2011, before Raftopoulos was dismissed ahead of a takeover which saw the club’s name changed to Surrey United.

ONE TO WATCH
Andreas Schreiber – The 6ft 10in big-man has BBL experience at Worcester Wolves and Plymouth Raiders, whilst last season saw him play his professional basketball in Spain for Zornotza ST in the Spanish third division, where he played 16 games for the club averaging 8.3 points and 5 rebounds. He currently holds a dual citizenship with the United States and Sweden, and plays for the Swedish national basketball team. Schrieiber has had a good BBL season so far, averaging over ten points and seven rebounds per game.

OFFICIALS
Taking charge of Saturday’s game will be Steve Ellis, Ian Price and Tahir Akar.

LAST TIME OUT
Five players hit double-figures for the Flyers as Coach K's men grabbed their second away victory of the season, 80-72. Click here to read the game report.