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Posted Friday, September 27th 2019

ITEC Game Preview: London City Royals (A) - BBL Cup

Bristol Flyers travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday night in search for their first ever win over London City Royals (7.30pm).

Everything you need to know ahead of this weekend’s action can be found below.


GAME DETAILS

  • DATE: Saturday, September 28th
  • Tip-off: 7.30pm
  • Competition: BBL Cup
  • Where: Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
  • Watch LIVE: Tune in for FREE via the BBL’s official YouTube channel

HEAD COACH

IMAGE CREDIT: MANSOOR AHMED
Lloyd Gardner took over the reigns of London City Royals this summer following the departure of Junior Williams. Gardner was previously the Director of Basketball Operations at Barking Abbey, where he helped over 100 students move onto scholarships in the USA and into professional basketball careers. 

The former junior international has become one of the most well-respected coaches in the country and takes on his first BBL role as head coach of the Royals.

LAST TIME OUT


Bristol Flyers’ 2018/19 BBL play-off hopes ended in cruel fashion against the visiting London City Royals, (83-84).

In a game where neither side led by double figures, there were some big performances from Jalan McCloud (24 points) and Fred Thomas (21 points), but Coach K’s men ultimately fell short in a frantic final possession.

BOX SCORE


ONE(S) TO WATCH

Kšyštof and Darjuš Lavrinovič - Despite being 39-years-old, the most famous Lithuanian twins have opted to continue their professional careers in the BBL after agreeing to sign with Royals. The twins are expected to make their BBL debut on Saturday night.

Both long-time members of Lithuania national team, the Lav twins have enjoyed illustrious careers to date, leading major Euroleague and Eurocup teams to numerous titles.

WHAT THEY SAY

"We’ve got to make sure we have a strong start, that’s going to be very important.

"It’s going to be a big occasion for them with it being their first home game of the season, we just need to put together a strong 40 minute performance."

Andreas Kapoulas


WATCH LIVE

All BBL Championship, BBL Cup, BBL Trophy and BBL play-off games this season will be available to watch LIVE and on demand for FREE via the official YouTube channel of the BBL.

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