Preview: Force v Raiders

Force are home for the second time this week with the visit of 12th placed Plymouth Raiders.

Force have struggled in the last two outings against Leicester Riders and London Lions when faced with a full court press and this will be one of the things for Leeds to watch out for in the game on Friday night. Gazmend Sinani has been putting up his regular double-double in points and assists the past couple of games but the team has suffered due to turnovers. On Wednesday only Sinani and Isaac Mourier reached double figures against Riders and that will be a place for improvement for Force.

The last time the sides met was in November where Plymouth ran out 94-80 winners behind Joonas Jarvelainen’s 22 points. Plymouth’s 22 points from Force turnovers turned out to be the difference between the two sides. Jarvelainen couldn’t help the Raiders last time out as they lost 95-82 despite his double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, in part due to his 0-6 shooting from 3. Forward Stefan Djukic also had a double-double from the bench of 17 and 11 rebounds but only averages 4 points and 3 rebounds on the season.

A lot has changed since the last time that the sides met in November, only Aidan Appleyard and Mourier remain of the team that lost in Plymouth while the Riders themselves have lost players throughout the season. Force will need to find a way to deal with any attempt at a full court press on Friday, that has been the best way to disrupt Force’s offensive rhythm and put pressure on the defence with steals leading to buckets.

George Brownell’s fitness will be an issue as the guard took a heavy spill in Wednesday’s defeat, which may mean that the Force guards might have to be prepared for the extended minutes that they received against Leicester.

 

Tip off for the Force v Raiders game is set for 7.30 at Carnegie Sports Centre.

 

Written by: Luke Thomas