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Knights aim to break Rocks!

Friday 10th January. 7:30pm Tip-off. Emirates Arena.

Last Updated: Jan 9, 2014 05:04pm
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Records: Rocks – Played 17, Won 7, Lost 10. Knights – Played 16, Won 0, Lost 16.

Last time we met – Knights 60 – 88 Rocks. 23rd November 2013. North Solihull Sports Centre.

A strong second half performance from the Rocks, led by EJ Harrison and Gareth Murray secured the victory.

At half-time, the Knights trailed by 4 points, and it looked as if the game would go to the wire, but despite a game high 22 points from Brent Benson, who also added 8 boards and 6 assists, the Knights just couldn’t keep up with the Rocks in the second half, and tellingly, could only score 8 points in the final quarter.

On Friday, the Knights make the long journey to Scotland for the final time in the league this season as they take on Glasgow Rocks.

Glasgow currently sit in the final play-off position in the league, after being leapfrogged by Cheshire Phoenix, who followed up their victory at the Knights on Saturday with a  100 – 84 victory at Plymouth. With 14 points from 17 games, the Rocks will be looking to secure the victory in order to ensure that the chasing Durham Wildcats do not overtake them in the standings if they manage to pull off a victory at Worcester Wolves.

Glasgow come in to Fridays game after a weekend with two away losses having suffered a 16 point defeat against London Lions last Friday, before losing 95-83 against Plymouth a day later. The results last weekend mean the Rocks have only won 2 of their last 6 games, and the Knights will be hoping to take advantage and stretch the Rocks current losing streak to 4 games.

The current leading scorer in the BBL, Knights Guard Brent Benson, is looking forward to the match up, and hopes to continue where he left off in his last performance against Glasgow, where he lead the team in scoring, rebounding and assists, and was just 2 boards and 4 assists shy of a triple-double.

“We have a tough game this Friday. Traveling up to Glasgow playing a well-coached Rocks team that plays hard and together. Coach Douglas will get us prepared this week, and have us ready with a game plan. Our biggest test as a team right now is putting together 4 quarters of Birmingham Knights basketball. “

Knights coach Paul Douglas has spotted the improvements his roster need to make from their last performance against the Rocks and has challenged them to do so

“We make our first visit north of the border with both clubs looking to get their season back on track. Rocks with hoping to kick start the new year and ourselves trying to secure our first win!

I think that rocks are a far better team than their position shows and this will prove another big test for us.

Last time we played I thought that we did a good job of coping with Northern but their other players hurt us plus their perimeter shooting was on point that game. I like the way they move the ball to find the open person and we will be working on rotation principles during training to try and combat that. ”

Player to Watch: Daniel Northern – Power Forward/Centre – #20

After an uncharacteristic display against the Knights last time out, where Northern struggled with foul trouble, he will no doubt be looking to set the record straight on Friday. Due to the aforementioned foul trouble, Northern logged less than 16 minutes at the North Solihull Sports Centre, scoring just 4 points and grabbing 3 rebounds, compared to his season averages of 15.1 ppg and 8.8 rpg (5th in the BBL). Northern is also second in the BBL for blocks, averaging 1.7 per game

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