December 8 2013 Latest news:
By James Cunliffe
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Vince Macaulay believes his London Lions side will have to be on their mettle today to beat Glasgow Rocks despite the Scottish side coming to the English capital on the back of three straight defeats.
An overtime defeat to reigning champions Leicester Riders left the Scots floundering in the bottom half of the British Basketball League Champions, fifth from bottom with only one win to their name in the campaign curtain-raiser against winless basement boys Surrey United.
The Rocks beat London 69-66 in their previous meeting last term and in the summer Macaulay, whose side returned to winning ways on Friday against Plymouth Raiders after two straight defeats, tipped Glasgow as one of this season’s title contenders.
His opinion has not changed despite their recent results and admits his team must be wary of the visitors in this afternoon’s 4pm tip-off.
“Glasgow will come in with a whole different look,” Macaulay said, adding: “You would have said they would be there or thereabouts in the title race because they have a very veteran team.
“They’ll be very disappointed to be where they are currently in the league, so they’ll be very dangerous.
“With the experience that they’ve got, we’ll have to be well prepared for them because they’ll be feeling the pressure of having to get back on the winning trail.”
The Lions coach has been busy to trying to finalise the work permit arrangements of his three American signings – Kramer Knutson, Ben Smith and Nick Freer – who were not available for the visit of Raiders on Friday, so a third victory of the season was a welcome boost as the wait for reinforcements continues.
“We are delighted to be in the hunt with our key players still to come in,” Macaulay said,” adding: “We are also gutted to have lost the two games we have.
The London boss also pinpointed Rocks forward/centre Daniel Northern as a danger man for the Scottish side.
He said: “Daniel is a great guy, full of character and energy, he can drive a team forward, you must keep him off the glass or he will generate a monster game for his team.”
Rocks forward Patrick Manifold added: “Playing away from home in the second game of a back-to-back, we will have to bring our own energy to the Copper Box.
“They are a good team with veteran leadership and we expect it to be a physical game. But as always, we are a team full of competitors so we look forward to the challenge.”