AFTER four weeks on the road, Plymouth Raiders return to the Pavilions on Friday to face the Glasgow Rocks in the second round of the BBL Trophy (7.30pm).
The Raiders picked up two wins out of five in January, posting impressive victories away against Newcastle Eagles and the number two ranked Sheffield Sharks, but losing at Cheshire Phoenix, Leicester Riders and at home to Newcastle at the start of the month.
Head coach Paul James is looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd again for the first time since January 6.
“It will be nice to get back in front of our fans,” said James. “I think the guys need that as well. It has been a tough month. We always knew it was going to be a very tough January, but we look forward to February where there are some really good games to be had.”
The first of these games sees the Raiders face the unpredictable Rocks, who are coming off a cup final defeat to the London Lions.
Despite missing out on the BBL Cup, Glasgow have shown good league form throughout January, scoring more than 100 points in victories against Cheshire and Leicester.
The Raiders will need to be particularly wary of Glasgow forward Alasdair Fraser. Fraser has led the Rocks in points for their last two league outings and will be looking to continue his rich vein of form on Friday night.
Offensive juggernauts Donte Nicholas and Josh Wilcher were named in the BBL All-Star Five for week 17 and could prove to be difference makers once again against Glasgow.
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