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British Basketball League (BBL) WEEK 30 Preview

Our weekly look ahead to the action to come in the BBL.

Focus
London Lions v Worcester Wolves

Where and when:

Copper Box, 7.30pm Friday 8 April

Summary:

London Lions and Worcester Wolves still have plenty for play for as the regular season comes to a close.

Wolves finally lost their grip on third spot last weekend, and could yet slip further depending on how they close out the campaign.

Lions, meanwhile, are not certain of a place in the Play-Offs ahead of their game against Leicester Riders on Wednesday and their final few results seem set to have a big impact on who they will face in BBL Play-Offs Quarter-Finals.

Last time they met:

London Lions 80 Worcester Wolves 72 (BBL Championship, Copper Box, 16 February 2016)

Form:

Lions: LLLWWL
Wolves: LWWLWL

Three Points:

  • Wolves’ Ashton Khan missed last week’s defeat against Riders due to an ankle injury
  • Lions eliminated Wolves in last season’s BBL Play-Offs Quarter-Finals, when they met as sixth and third seeds respectively
  • Jamal Williams needs five more rebounds to reach 500 in the BBL Championship

What they say:

Lions coach Nigel Lloyd: “At the moment we are up and down and we need to get on a run because everyone wants to be playing their best basketball when they go into the Play-Offs.

“We are starting to get a feel for playing for pride in our home venue. Worcester are a Play-Off team and they are trying to build to play their best basketball.

“We always get up for these kind of games. We need to learn if we can play consistently at a high level. We do it for stretches, but not the whole 40 minutes. We want to make sure that we can play at a consistently high level against big-time Play-Off teams until the game is over.”

Wolves guard Ashton Khan: “My ankle is getting better. My foot is still sore when I try and jump and move side to side, so this weekend is still in question but I definitely should be good for the following weekend.

“I am just taking the proper action to get the ankle back to as close to 100 per cent to finish this season strong for my team and give a great Play-Off push.

“London are a team that’s up and down and it seems against us they are always up, maybe because three of their players are former Wolves players.

“We need to punch first in that game and not let them punch us first. We need to set the tone early and the tempo of the game. We lost to them last time so we owe them one.”

Games
Friday 8 April 2016
CH 19:30 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle v Glasgow Rocks
CH 19:30 Leeds Force v Leicester Riders
CH 19:30 London Lions v Worcester Wolves

Saturday 9 April 2016
CH 19:30 Bristol Flyers v Worcester Wolves
CH 19:30 Leicester Riders v Sheffield Sharks

Sunday 10 April 2016
CH 16:00 London Lions v Esh Group Eagles Newcastle
CH 18:00 Manchester Giants v Sheffield Sharks
CH 16:00 Plymouth University Raiders v Bristol Flyers

Wednesday 13 April 2016
CH 18:30 Glasgow Rocks v Plymouth University Raiders

Source: BBL
Image: P.Davies