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Posted Friday, March 23rd 2018

Preview » Bristol Flyers v Cheshire Phoenix

Bristol Flyers v Cheshire Phoenix
BBL Championship
Saturday, March 24th 2018
SGS WISE Arena

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Bristol Flyers look to hold on to the eighth and final Play-off position, as they host the Cheshire Phoenix on Saturday night (7:30pm).

Everything you need to know on Saturday night’s opponents can be found below.


CHESHIRE PHOENIX

The Cheshire Phoenix have experienced a complete overhaul since last season. One of the most glaring changes is their Head Coach; they replaced Colin O’Reilly with Ben Thomas. Thomas enlisted the assistance of veteran play-caller Mike Burton for the duration of his first full BBL season in charge of ‘Nix. Phoenix came into the season looking to return to the Play-offs. Cheshire currently hold a record of 10-14, sitting just below Flyers in ninth place.


HEAD COACH

Head Coach Ben Thomas has proved to be a fantastic appointment for Cheshire. Despite his relative inexperience, Thomas has been extremely impressive thus far and has won Coach of the Month honours in January.

In addition, he took ‘Nix on a historic run to win the BBL Cup. Thomas is the youngest coach to ever win the BBL Cup and was the first British coach to take home the BBL Cup in almost a decade. Thomas’ men are within one place of Flyers and will be looking to make some ground on the eighth seed.


WHAT THEY SAY

“I think it’s a must-win game for Cheshire and that makes them particularly dangerous, because we know they’ve won the BBL Cup already this season - they’re as good, if not better than anybody in one-off games."

Nick Burns


LAST SEASON

Last season Cheshire enjoyed two deep runs in the BBL Cup and Trophy by reaching the quarter finals and semi finals, respectively.  

Despite their relative success outside of the league, their domestic campaign left a lot to be desired. Cheshire finished with an overall record of 11-22, which was good enough for just tenth place in the BBL; this was one of the main factors in the coaching change.


ONE TO WATCH

#34 CJ GETTYS

The Cheshire Phoenix big man, CJ Gettys has been huge in the ‘Nix offence. The seven-footer was instrumental in their BBL Cup run and scored 19 points in the final against Worcester Wolves.

Gettys may cause some problems inside, as Flyers are liable to struggle with size with the absence of Daniel Edozie.


LAST TIME OUT

Bristol Flyers claimed a big win in the race for the BBL play-offs despite a fourth quarter comeback by Cheshire Phoenix.


DID YOU KNOW?

Cheshire Phoenix has the worst scoring bench in the league, as they only average 14.3 bench points per game.


WATCH LIVE

Saturday's game will be available to watch LIVE via the BBL’s official streaming partner, LiveBaketball.TV (subscription) - click here to sign up NOW.


GAMEDAY PARKING

Please note, SGS College has introduced paid parking, however the club has reached an agreement with Aviva insurance, a short five minute walk away from the WISE campus for fans to use their car park free of charge.

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