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Plymouth Raiders boosted by away victory at Glasgow Rocks

raidersPLYMOUTH Raiders will go into Saturday’s BBL home match against leaders Newcastle Eagles boosted by a 82-72 away victory at Glasgow Rocks.

Jay Marriott’s side produced an impressive display on Good Friday in Scotland to keep alive their faint hopes of sneaking a play-off spot.

Raiders turned a 13-11 deficit into a 16-13 lead mid-way through the first period at Rocks and then never looked back.

They finished the opening quarter 26-21 up, led 43-38 at half-time and were 62-57 in front at the end of the third.

In the final period, sixth-placed Rocks did close to within two points early on but then Raiders found another gear to prevent any comeback by the home team.

Pierre Hampton top scored for the visitors with 25.

Raiders, however, will need to build on that display for the visit of Newcastle.

The Eagles may be missing player-coach Fab Flournoy, who is out for the rest of the season with an Achilles tear, and probably Andre Jones, who have a hamstring injury, but they have only lost three league matches all season, although one of those did come on Friday against Worcester.

Raiders forward Emile Hopkins said: “It’s going to very tough to beat this in-form team. If we give it everything for the full 40 and limit them to one shot we could sneak a victory.”

Tip-off against Newcastle at the Pavilions is 7.30pm.

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