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Posted Sunday, January 7th 2018

Preview » Leeds Force v Bristol Flyers

Leeds Force v Bristol Flyers
BBL Championship
Sunday, January 7th
Leeds Beckett University
Watch on LiveBasketball.TV

Bristol Flyers look to secure their first win away from home in 2018, as they travel to face Leeds Force on Sunday afternoon (4pm).

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


Leeds Force

During the off-season Leeds Force made a number of changes to their club, the most notable being the appointment of new Head Coach Daniel Nelson. Despite the change of coaching direction, Leeds currently sit at the bottom of the BBL table with a record of 1-13. Embarking on their fourth BBL season, Force face the prospect of failing to make the Play-offs for the second straight year.


HEAD COACH

Although Daniel Nelson is new to the BBL, he has a vast amount of experience coaching professional basketball. Nelson started his coaching career with the Irish Junior, Men and Women’s professional teams. After 11 years with the Irish national set up, Nelson was offered an opportunity to join the Australian Men’s National team. After stints in the Australian domestic league and the German Professional league, he signed with Leeds Force.


LAST TIME OUT

Nine Flyers players made the scoresheet with four in double-digits; Brandon Boggs (29), Adam Weary (23), Rohndell Goodwin (18) and Mike Vigor (12).


LAST SEASON

Leeds Force finished the 2016/17 season with a record of 8-25, which was only good enough for 11th in the league.  In addition to their dismal campaign, they crashed out of both the BBL Cup and Trophy in the first round; losing to Glasgow Rocks 82-77 in the Cup and to Cheshire Phoenix 68-82 in the Trophy, respectively.


KEYS TO THE GAME


ONE TO WATCH

#7 Tavarion Nix

Leeds Force’s main weapon thus far has been Tavarion Nix. The 6’7 American forward has led Leeds’ offence, averaging 14.6 points per game, and is in the top 20 in scoring in the BBL. 

Not only has Nix wreaked havoc on the offensive end, but he has been getting it done defensively too. Nix comes into Sunday’s contest averaging 8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. 

His ability to affect both sides of the ball makes Nix one of the focal points for Coach K’s game plan.


DID YOU KNOW?

Leeds Force has the lowest point scoring average in the BBL.


WATCH LIVE

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