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Preview: Durham Wildcats v Bristol Flyers

Durham Wildcats v Bristol Flyers
Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre
Sunday, February 22nd, 4pm

Bristol Flyers make the long trip to Durham this Saturday to face the Wildcats less than 24 hours after the Raiders game (4pm tip-off).

All the key information on Sunday's BBL opponents can be found below.

DURHAM WILDCATS
Relative newcomers, Wildcats formed in 2005 competing in the EBL Division 3 for the next four seasons. Back-to-back promotions followed in 2009 and 2010 before a single season in Division 1 in 2011. Wildcats then took Worthing Thunder’s place in the BBL the following season, finishing in 11th and 10th before a first appearance in the play-offs last season with an 8th place finish. Durham lost to Newcastle Eagles in the quarter-finals and will be hoping that experience stands them in good stead as we reach the business end of the season.

COACH
Lee Davie – Previously GB Women’s U20’s assistant and Team Durham coach, Davie took his first step into BBL coaching last season as he took over from Dave Elderkin. The highly rated coach guided Wildcats to their first appearance in the BBL play-offs in his first season, culminating in a 194-157 aggregate loss to Newcastle Eagles in the quarter-finals.

STAR MAN
Ralph Bucci – The veteran from New York recently reached an impressive milestone of 1,000 points for the Wildcats. A regular pick in the BBL team of the week, Bucci signed for Durham at the beginning of their BBL journey and has been an ever present since. A big-scoring guard, Bucci has been a revelation in his first spell in the BBL, despite being at the twilight of his career at the age of 39.

OFFICIALS
Taking charge of Friday’s game will be Neil Guthrie, Paul Unsworth and Steve Ferris.

LAST TIME OUT
Wildcats held off a late rally by Flyers to claim a 77-72 victory at the beginning of the year.

LAST SEASON
BBL: 8th (play-off quarter-finals)
BBL Cup: quarter-final
BBL Trophy: First round

DID YOU KNOW?
Flyers finished above Wildcats the last time the two teams were competing in the same League. Wildcats finished 7th in EBL Division 1 in 2011 with Flyers winning the league!

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