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Preview: Leeds Force v Bristol Flyers

Friday, February 19th, 2016
Leeds Force v Bristol Flyers
BBL Championship
Leeds Beckett University

With the season series tied at one game apiece, Bristol Flyers travel to Leeds in search of a vital win to keep their play-off hopes alive (7:30pm tip-off).

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

LEEDS FORCE
Leeds are marginally ahead of Flyers and Surrey Scorchers in the BBL Championship, but with two more games played. The Force will enter the game well-rested, with no fixtures last weekend, hoping to prevent Flyers from leapfrogging them in the table. After joining the BBL with the Flyers last season, Leeds have lost four of their five meetings, desperately needing a win to have any chance of making the play-offs.

HEAD COACH
Matt Newby – Despite missing out on the BBL play-offs, Newby took forward some positives from their debut BBL season, including unexpected wins over Cheshire and London and out-performing Surrey to avoid last place. Also serving as Director of Basketball at Leeds Beckett University, he has a strong focus on developing domestic talent. 

ONE TO WATCH
#30 Robert Marsden – the Yorkshire-born forward was the side’s first signing of the season, missing the recent heavy defeat to Flyers through injury. Competing both in France and for the Manchester Giants last season, Marsden has the ability to contribute on both ends of the floor, with his defence, rebounding and leadership invaluable to the Force. The league’s sixth top rebounder at 8.5 per game, Marsden consistently picks up double-doubles. 

LAST TIME OUT
A rampant Bristol Flyers claimed their biggest win of the season, 88-67 in front of a sellout crowd at the SGS WISE Arena – Click here to watch the highlights.

FORM
Force: LLLLWL
Flyers: LLLWLL

DID YOU KNOW?
Two of the league’s top rebounders will be going head-to-head in this match-up; Leeds' big man Robert Marsden (8.5rpg) and Flyers’ forward Daniel Edozie, who leads the BBL with 11rpg. 

 

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