Plymouth Raiders

Plymouth Raiders face tough test against Wolves

PLYMOUTH Raiders will aim to put their BBL Trophy semi-final exit behind them when they travel to second-placed Worcester Wolves on Friday night (March 6).
Although Jay Marriott’s side were heavy beaten by league leaders Newcastle Eagles away in the trophy first leg they did produce an improved display in the second leg at the Pavilions and the team hope to build on that and move out of the bottom three.
Raiders forward Pierre Hampton said: “I think we need to play similar to Sunday’s game [against Newcastle]. If we stop them from scoring easy points and I think we will be fine.
“We are going to review what we need to do, we have played Worcester close twice and there is something small missing.”
Worcester, having suffered a heavy defeat at Glasgow, responded by out-powering Sheffield Sharks in their last outing.
Wolves forward Robert Thurman says his team need to rediscover their consistency. He said: “We have just got to go at teams from the tip.
“Sometimes we don’t demonstrate our dominance enough and it keeps games close with teams that shouldn’t be in the game and that has caused us to slip a bit, but we are recovering.”
“We all know Plymouth can score the ball, so we need to keep them off the three-point line and run our offence efficiently because they do struggle defensively at times.
“We need to keep their confidence down and try to go at them first.”
In their search for back-to-back wins for the first time since January, Wolves will welcome new signing Robertas Bitinas.
James beat the signing deadline to bring in the Lithuanian shooting guard, who will primarily act as cover for the injured Disraeli Lufadeju.
Raiders narrowly lost 95-90 when the teams last met at the Pavilions in early January.

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