December 10 2013 Latest news:
By James Cunliffe
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
London Lions head coach Vince Macaulay is hoping that Albert Margai is given the all clear to play against Worcester Wolves tomorrow night (7.30pm) after he was hospitalised in the defeat to Durham Wildcats at the weekend.
The guard was caught by a flying elbow to the eye during the 83-73 loss – their first of the British Basketball League Championship season – which required a trip to accident and emergency and stitches.
“The doctors reckon he could play by Thursday as long as he has no contact on it until then,” Macaulay said.
“He’s shooting and moving around, rather than doing any contact training so we’ll just evaluate it on a day-to-day basis.
“There are no more injury concerns at the moment. Everybody else is fit and well.”
Lions have this week been boosted by the singing of Great Britain international centre Matthew Bryan-Amaning, while Macaulay has also offered Paul Guede a full contract and is awaiting the 26-year-old’s decision.
The coach, who is also hoping to welcome US trio Kramer Knutson, Ben Smith and Nick Freer into the fold for the following game at home to Plymouth Raiders, will first plot the downfall of Worcester.
The Wolves arrive at the Copper Box tomorrow, holding one of the league’s last two unblemished records but the Lions coach went to scout the Midlands outfit at their new Worcester Arena on Friday and says that, while they will pose a threat, he is confident his side can return to winning ways.
“To be fair, they’ve only really played one proper team in Leicester who they beat on Friday night,” he said.
“They are a good team. The main thing about Worcester is that they’ve got a very good coach and everyone is touting them for first or second place in the league.
“We’ll have to see about that. I’m not so sure because I don’t think they are deep enough but they have got two or three very good players.
“The signing of Zaire Taylor from Leicester was a big acquisition for them and then they brought in a guy by the name of Will Creekmore who is 6ft 9in, quite athletic and mobile. He’ll be a very good signing.
“And they’ve kept their big scorer from last year in Alex Owumi but I just think we are a far deeper team.
“Our goal, especially when everybody is here, is to wear teams out and they are a team we’ll be looking to do that to.”