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Joel Osborne

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Posted Thursday, March 22nd 2018

We're ready to make an impact - Delpeche

Malcolm and Marcus Delpeche have their sights set on making an instant impact for Bristol Flyers at the WISE Arena this weekend.

The 22-year-old twins joined the club this week following a successful first season in Germany, where they led the Grevenbroich Elephants to a second-place finish in the Regionalliga West, with an overall record of 21 wins and three losses.

Both players are set to make their BBL debut against the Nix on Saturday night (March 24th), along with assistant coach Nick Burns, who will be stepping into the role of acting head coach in the absence of Andreas Kapoulas for the next four games.

“Whenever you join any team you want to make a big contribution, but especially as two really pivotal players are going with Coach Kapoulas to the Commonwealth Games. We need to be on our game to fulfil those roles and be ready to contribute in any way that we can,” Marcus told Bristol Flyers TV.

"We know that the BBL is the highest level you can play in this country so we’re really excited for that opportunity. We also know that Cheshire Phoenix are just below us in the league so a win this weekend will really help us on our way to the Play-Offs.

"At the end of the day, it’s just another game,” his brother Malcolm added.

"We watched the game against London Lions last week and one of the things that Coach emphasised for us was our defensive efforts.

“We still need to figure out the playbook and that will come with time, but one of the things that really set us apart in Germany was what we brought to the game defensively."

Malcolm Delpeche

“We’ve been in this situation before, so we embrace that pressure and we look forward to doing what we can to help this team to success.”

The Delpeche brothers will provide cover for Mike Vigor and Daniel Edozie during their international commitments at the Commonwealth Games.

Despite being identical twins, the brothers have revealed there are a couple of ways for fans to tell the two apart.

"It gets better with time, but I have a scar on my left eyebrow and I’m a little bit taller,” said Malcolm.

"Obviously we’ll have different jersey numbers too - I’ll be wearing number 20 and Marcus will be wear number 25.”

Limited standing and courtside tickets are still available for the debut of Malcolm and Marcus Delpeche against Cheshire Phoenix this weekend.

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