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Preview: Bristol Flyers v Cheshire Phoenix

Bristol Flyers return home on Saturday night when they face Cheshire Phoenix at the WISE Arena in the second game of a weekend doubleheader (7.30pm tip-off).

All the key information on Saturday’s BBL opponents can be found below.

CHESHIRE PHOENIX
After an up and down campaign last season, Cheshire Phoenix flirted with being a potential title contender, whilst suffering from personal issues resulting in a 4th place finish. This season, the Nix hand the reigns to Head Coach John Lavery, and the club are looking to finally find some stability – not least because they have a brand new Cheshire Oaks venue to call their home.

COACH
John Lavery – Lavery takes control of the Phoenix one again following the departure of John Coffino over the summer. The former England international has had two spells as Head Coach of the Nix, leading them to the BBL Play-Offs on both occasions.

ONE TO WATCH
David Aliu – The British forward enters his second season with the Nix, after joining from the Manchester Giants in June 2014. The Liverpudlian made 33 appearances for the Phoenix last season, averaging 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

OFFICIALS
Taking charge of Saturday’s game will be Darren Bolt, Gavin Williams and Piotr Florecki.

LAST TIME OUT
The Nix got back to winning ways after having an 11 game win streak snapped the previous weekend with a 79-68 victory over the Flyers at the Northgate Arena.

TICKETS
Tickets for Saturday’s game are still available, click here to buy online.

DID YOU KNOW?
Bristol Flyers faced the Cheshire Phoenix back when they were still a division one club in 2013. The Flyers drew the Nix in the second round of the BBL Trophy, where they lost 85-56 after beating Surrey United in round one.