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Posted Thursday, February 22nd 2018

Preview » Bristol Flyers v Surrey Scorchers

Bristol Flyers v Surrey Scorchers
BBL Championship
Friday, February 23rd 2018
SGS WISE Arena
SOLD OUT

Bristol Flyers look for their third straight victory, as they host the Surrey Scorchers on Friday night (7:30pm tip-off).

Everything you need to know on Friday night's opponents can be found below.


Surrey Scorchers

Since rebranding from Surrey United in 2015, Scorchers have finished 12th and eighth in the last two BBL seasons. The Surrey-based squad have high hopes for their third campaign and currently sit in seventh place, just above Flyers, with a record of 11-11.


HEAD COACH

Although he only has an all-time winning percentage of 36%, Creon Raftopoulos is on course to achieve a better record than last season. Raftopoulos’ men have already recorded big wins over Sheffield, Worcester and Leeds this season. As Scorchers currently sit directly above Flyers, Raftopoulos will expect his team to give their all to keep their position in the standings.

 


WHAT THEY SAY

"Last time we went in there and stole the game, so I’m sure they remember that.

Hopefully we can win this one too and take the season series."

Jordan Davis


LAST SEASON

Scorchers finished last season with a record of 15-18, which was good enough to earn the eighth seed in the BBL Play-Offs. Scorchers battled the top-seeded Leicester Riders to a rare draw in the first leg of the quarter finals; however, Riders took care of business at home in the second leg and beat Scorchers by 36 points.


ONE TO WATCH

#5 Tony Hicks

Surrey Scorchers’ Tony Hicks has been integral to the team’s success thus far this season. The former Louisville Cardinals’ guard has been explosive this season, and is currently third in the league in scoring.

The American comes into the contest averaging 17.8 points per game on an efficient 61% shooting from the field. Not only does Hicks pose a threat offensively, but he is very disruptive on the defensive end and is among the top ten in the league in steals. Coach K will want to ensure that Hicks doesn’t get going early on.

 


LAST TIME OUT

There were late fireworks in Surrey on Bonfire night as a 15-2 run in the fourth quarter saw Flyers steal the win 85-86.

Brandon Boggs led the game in scoring with 27 points whilst Mike Vigor finished with a double double of 15 points and 14 rebounds.


DID YOU KNOW?

Surrey Scorchers average almost 15 turnovers per game, only Leeds Force average more turnovers in the entire BBL.


As it stands

FORM

Bristol Flyers - WLWW
Surrey Scorchers - WWLW

League Table

TEAM P W L PTS
4 Sheffield Sharks 6 4 2 8
5 Manchester Giants 7 4 3 8
6 Bristol Flyers 6 3 3 6
7 Plymouth Raiders 8 3 5 6
8 Worcester Wolves 6 2 4 4

WATCH LIVE

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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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