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Posted Friday, April 20th 2018

Preview » Surrey Scorchers v Bristol Flyers

Surrey Scorchers v Bristol Flyers
BBL Championship
Sunday, April 22nd
Surrey Sports Park

WATCH LIVE ON FREESPORTS

Bristol Flyers travel to Surrey Scorchers in the second game of a weekend doubleheader on Sunday afternoon (2pm).

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


SURREY SCORCHERS

In 2015, Surrey United rebranded to Surrey Scorchers. Since the revamp of the franchise, Scorchers have finished twelfth and eighth in their last two campaigns. However, this season Surrey have taken a huge step in the right direction with hopes to gain home court advantage in the Play-offs. They currently sit in fifth with a record of 18-12.


HEAD COACH

Scorchers have already recorded more wins than they did in their previous campaign, with Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos one of the main reasons for the team’s turnaround. Raftopoulos’ men have enjoyed big wins over Sheffield, Worcester and Newcastle this season.


LAST SEASON

Last season Surrey Scorchers sneaked into the Play-offs with a 15-18 record. Despite being the underdog in the first round, Scorchers grinded-out a rare draw against the top-seeded Leicester Riders in the first leg of the quarter finals.

Although Surrey had secured the winner takes all scenario in the second leg, Riders displayed their dominance and blew the Scorchers by 36 points out back in Leicester, which ended the Scorchers’ season.


ONE TO WATCH

#5 Tony Hicks

Surrey Scorchers’ Tony Hicks has led the way offensively this season. His offensive prowess has given opposing defences issues all year long.

Hicks is the second leading scorer in the league and he currently averages a whopping 19.2 points per game. 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 the two-time BBL player of the month doesn’t get going early on.


LAST TIME OUT

Bristol Flyers failed to secure their fourth home victory in a row, as they fell to the visiting Surrey Scorchers 90-100.


DID YOU KNOW?

Surrey Scorchers are the best team in the league at getting to the foul-line, as they shoot 16.2 free-throws per game.


WATCH LIVE

Sunday's game will be available to watch on FreeSports. Coverage from Surrey Sports Park will begin from 2pm, with all the build-up available via Freeview Channel 95, Sky Channel 424, FreeSat Channel 252. Talk Talk Channel 95 and BT Vision Channel 95.