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Posted Sunday, February 25th 2018

Preview » Plymouth Raiders v Bristol Flyers

Plymouth Raiders v Bristol Flyers
BBL Championship
Sunday, February 25th 2018
Plymouth Pavilions

Bristol Flyers look to sweep the season series against their South-West rivals, as they visit the Plymouth Raiders on Sunday afternoon (4:00pm).

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


PLYMOUTH RAIDERS

Over the summer, Plymouth Raiders had a complete shake up of their franchise. A change of ownership led to a new roster, new Head Coach and a complete rebrand of the club.

The complete roster revamp, including the signing of BBL veteran Neil Watson, had the fans and ownership excited about the 2017/18 season. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, Plymouth’s new look and revamped roster has been de-railed in the middle of the season, releasing three of their key players.

Raiders currently hold a record of 5-15, and with 13 fixtures left they would have to win almost all of their remaining games to reach the Play-offs.


HEAD COACH

Head Coach Gavin Love had his men playing some competitive basketball throughout the early goings of the season. Love had some ambitious goals at the beginning of the season, with his sights on the top half of the table.

However, due to the recent uncertainties surrounding the team’s roster, Love may have to adjust his expectations of this Raiders squad.


WHAT THEY SAY

"I remember when we played them at the beginning of the season, the crowd at WISE were pretty rough on them.


It’ll be a good game, but we can’t look past them."

Jordan Davis


LAST SEASON

Raiders started last season strong, with competitive wins against some of the best teams in the league, which had some even predicting Plymouth could finish the season in the top four. 

However, after a drop in form and a string of poor results, Plymouth failed to recapture their early season form and finished ninth in the league. Despite struggling in the BBL Championship,  Raiders did enjoy success in the Trophy competition. Raiders’ Cinderella story ended at the Trophy Final, as they lost to the Leicester Riders 91-58.


LAST TIME OUT

Bristol Flyers picked up a convincing road win against Plymouth Raiders to improve to 6-5 in the BBL Championship.


DID YOU KNOW?

Plymouth Raiders average almost the fewest baskets per game in the league with only 20.75, only Leeds Force have a worse average number of field goals per game. 


As it stands

FORM*

Plymouth Raiders - LLWL
Bristol Flyers - WLWW

*Accurate as of 22/02/18

League Table

TEAM P W L PTS
6 Newcastle Eagles 13 7 6 14
7 Sheffield Sharks 13 7 6 14
8 Bristol Flyers 12 5 7 10
9 Surrey Scorchers 14 5 9 10
10 Plymouth Raiders 13 3 10 6

WATCH LIVE

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