As they continue their push for that eighth Playoff spot in their second season in the league, Worthing Thunder prepare this weekend for Everton Tigers and Guildford Heat, and Assistant-Coach Alan Sweetman Hicks said that the Tigers are far from a one dimensional team that is reliant on one player: 'Everton is one of those teams that you just look at and can't focus on any one player in particular as there are threats everywhere you look.' He said: 'Last time out, we really struggled physically with Olu Babalola so we will be working on how to contain him collectively. Trey Moore is obviously one of the stand-out players in the BBL so again we can't just rely on one guy to shut him down. If you focus too much on those two then the likes of (Jerome) Gumbs, James Jones and Marcel Jones will capitalise on the extra space you give them.'
Whilst Sweetman-Hicks refused to focus on one player, Tigers coach, Tony Garbelotto (pictured), identified former Molten BBL Player of the Month, Reggie Bratton, as the main cog in the chain for the South Coast outfit. He said: 'With a player like Bratton, you hope that you can reduce his touches and limit his options, but I think he has one of the best all round offensive games in the league.'
Meanwhile, Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders entertain PAWS London Capital at the John Sandford Sports Centre, and despite a 110-38 defeat of the Londoners last time they visited Leicester, Riders boss Rob Paternostro is not taking them lightly: 'The Capitals again have a new look, they have a little more size than the last time we played so we have to be prepared for that' he said: 'We are looking to improve each and every week, the guys are hungry right now, and everyone is working hard to improve their game. We are playing very well as a team right now – I have nine guys who continue to improve and are all contributing each game. We need to come out this week against London and continue to improve, we want to keep the momentum going in the right direction.'
Essex Pirates welcome Airwaves Plymouth Raiders on Saturday evening, which will see Israeli born point guard, Haggai Hundert, match up against his former employers, whilst the second leg of the BBL Trophy Semi Final between Cheshire Jets and Marshall MK Lions takes place on Sunday at the Northgate Arena, as both teams play for the chance to face Newcastle for the second piece of silverware of the season.
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