As was documented previously on The Church of Hoops, the BBL Trophy was yet again including a Scottish side into the draw. It was initially to be St Mirren as they won the league, but have unfortunately had to pull out. Nevertheless, Saints’ rivals City of Edinburgh Kings have stepped up after being invited to replace them in the draw.
Kings were drawn against dominant English side Newcastle Eagles and the whole club is looking forward to the challenge. Kings won the Scottish Cup and Playoffs last season, taking down St Mirren in the Final of the latter. This year, so far, has not been so fruitful as they were shockingly knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Division 2 side, Ayrshire Tornadoes. Still however, a strong push to be crowned Playoff Champions yet again remains on the cards, something the squad will be proud to achieve considering the turnover in roster this season.
This Saturday will be the day of the dance as Edinburgh will travel down, hoping to cause an upset of their own. Newcastle will be boasting a squad of experience as they currently sit 4th in the BBL Championship table, but currently on a bad streak, dropping 3 games on the bounce.
Kings will have to watch out for the multiple areas the Eagles can attack from, being led by Victor Mosses, the straight shooting professional scorer is dropping nearly 19 points a night and will work in tandem with the fantastic Rahmon Fletcher, who puts up almost 15 a night and is a league leader in assists, with 9.5 a night.
On the Kings side however, there is something to be proud of. They will step up to the highest level attainable with not only a Scottish squad, but a young group of players who are all products of the Kings youth system, a testament to the club. Per the club itself, the average age will be 23 years old.
Speaking to the club before the team travels down, Head Coach Craig Nicol said,
“We were delighted to get the invite to take part in this year’s BBL Trophy.”Craig Nicol, Edinburgh Kings
In our previous outings at this level we have been drawn against Glasgow Rocks and have given them a tough match, so we are looking forward to testing ourselves against one of the very top teams in England. We play Newcastle’s youth teams in pre-season friendlies each year, so the organisation is well known to us. Our players all joined the club as youth players and worked their way up to the Senior team, so it will be a great opportunity for them to compete at this level. We are looking forward to a great day out in Newcastle,”Craig Nicol, Edinburgh Kings