Force’s first home match of the final month of the season sees the Glasgow Rocks visit the Carnegie Sports Arena for the first time this year.
Glasgow head into the game sitting in 4th place in the BBL table on the back of a 92-75 defeat against Cheshire Pheonix on Sunday despite Earl Brown’s 22 points 10 rebounds performance. For Force, the visit of Glasgow comes after a 32-point defeat to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Sharks that saw Mo Williams put up 22 points and 11 rebounds to go with Gazmend Sinani’s 14 points and 12 rebounds. Both men attacked the inside of the Sharks defence and battled hard in their own defensive possessions with 2 blocks each by the end of regulation. They will be hoping to put in similar performances on Friday night.
Brown averages 14 points per game for the Rocks with the majority of the Small Forwards points coming from within the inside of the 3-point line. Brown also will also pose a challenge to the frontcourt of Force in terms of his rebounding ability, he averages over 7 boards per game and had 3 off the offensive glass in his last outing. Kevin Achara is also a danger from the Glasgow frontcourt but did not play last time out against Cheshire; he averages just shy of 14 points per game and will engage in a nice battle with Williams and Sinani for control of the paint at both ends of the floor.
Force controlled the loss of points on the fastbreak well against Sheffield Sharks last time and will be wanting to do the same again with tactical fouls stopping the opposition from getting easy points. Turnovers still need to be cut out more with 26 last game still too high and costing Leeds the win.
The match-up is this Friday, the 6th of April, at Carnegie Sports Arena with a 7.30 tip off. Tickets are available online.
Written by: Luke Thomas