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Davis praises improved Lions

Glasgow coach Sterling Davis is impressed with how Sunday’s opponents MK Lions have improved this year.

Glasgow coach Sterling Davis is impressed with how Sunday’s opponents MK Lions have improved this year.

The Lions finished 10th in the BBL last season with a 13-20 record, but they are well in the play-off picture this season, currently lying in 7th place.

Two losses against Worcester and Plymouth last weekend have, however, got them looking over their shoulder. They currently sit one win clear of Cheshire, but the Jets do have a game in hand.

Davis takes his Rocks team to Milton Keynes on Sunday, looking to make it three wins from three against the Lions this season.

He said: “They are probably one of the most improved teams this year,” he said.

“They are so athletic and fast-paced which makes them very dangerous. Mike New has done a good job of bringing on their growth from the beginning of the season. Demarius Bolds has to be a focus against them. He is a prolific scorer who is virtually unstoppable in the open court.

“I thought we were lucky to walk out of there with a win earlier in the season. They are so deadly in transition. We have to be ready to play a transitional defensive game.”

Glasgow themselves will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing result last weekend, which saw them surrender a 19 point second half lead at home to the Jets. It has left the Rocks on a 9-9 record, and the Lions could move within touching distance of the Scots with a win on Sunday.

Coach Mike New said: “Glasgow has out-scrapped us in both of our meetings and nothing less than a win will do. Their supplementary players in Andrew Wedmere, DeAundre Cranston and Danny Huffor played well against us both times. I know about Mychal Green, Gareth Murray, EJ Harrison and Sterl [Sterling Davis], but it’s those other guys that play their roles well and have stepped up on more than a few occasions for Glasgow.”

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