Royals face Scorchers in first home game
PUBLISHED: 14:17 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:59 25 September 2018
Royals began BBL season with victory at Flyers last weekend
London City Royals are hoping to make two new signings to bolster the squad for Saturday’s home British Basketball League (BBL) debut against Surrey Scorchers.
The newly-formed Royals are in action at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on the back of last weekend’s terrific 78-73 opening victory at the Bristol Flyers.
And the match day will be filled with all the glitz and razzmatazz associated with top level basketball, including DJs, cheerleaders and fun for all the family.
Coach Jay Williams quickly found himself without Marqueese Grayson (achilles) and Kyle Carey (suspected broken foot) as the Royals’ suffered a bitter sweet start to life in Britain’s top basketball division.
Williams is already without long term forward star absentee Ashley Hamilton (wrist), although guard AJ Roberts (leg niggle) could just be back to face the Scorchers.
And club insiders say he is ready to give baptisms of fire to two newcomers, believed to be experienced American university players, on the Royals’ historic first home night.
Williams said: “If we do manage to it looks as if both of them could be chucked in straight away.
“Neither Marqueese or Kyle will make it - but it is what it is.
“Whatever, we are really looking forward to our first home game. There is so much interested in the game and we can’t wait to show our fans, family and friends what we can do.
“Personally, it’s my first game as a professional coach on the court where I made my pro debut as a player. I’m not nervous - we’re all too focused for that.”
The projected imports will join a depleted, but cock-a-hoop Royals squad fresh from their triumph at Bristol where the commanding Matt Bryan-Amaning (28 points) was superbly backed up by ex-Scorcher Will Neighbour (13 points) and jack in the box Orlan Jackman.
Trailing 38-32 at half-time the Royals had no choice but to pull together to overcome adversity and led by Bryan-Amaning, whose dominant performance won him a place in the BBL’s team of the week, the Royals saw off the challenge from the Bristol Flyers
“There wasn’t panic, just determination which led to relief and joy at the end. It was great result,” said Williams.
“I always thought it was a game we could win. We maintained our intensity and matched Bristol player for player.
“The result underlined my belief that we can do well this season. The core of the squad have played together - or against each other - in English leagues and three to four weeks in pre-season means they are well acquainted.
“Josh Steel and Jordan Williams are big threats but we know about most of their players and are ready for them.”
*London City Royals host Surrey Scorchers at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre at 7.30pm this Saturday. You can buy tickets here.
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