For this week’s SBC Game of the Week, we will be in Stirling on Friday to watch Stirling Knights play host to Glasgow University in their second meeting of the season. Glasgow University won the last matchup between the two teams, defeating Knights 64-55 at home.
Stirling Knights come into Friday’s game sitting 6th in the SBC Men’s league with a 4-11 record. November was a tough month for the team as they weren’t able to record a single win. The team have picked it up in the last month or so, however, collecting win’s against Pleasance and a big win against top of the league side, St. Mirren WCS. With Matthew Dick, Shaun Craig, Dan Chok and Connor Rankin all averaging double figures in points for the season, Knights have a number of players they can rely on to share the majority of the scoring load.
We spoke with Knights head coach, Cory McCabe to hear how Knights season has been going so far and what the focus needs to be going into Friday’s game;
“The biggest positive for us this season has been our U18s and how they have stepped up with some fantastic basketball. We have pieced together some terrific halves of basketball but not quite had enough to get over the finish line at times. We re-evaluated our goals for the last 3-4 games and we are well on track to make this a successful season. We took too long to adapt to the University’s zone defense in the first game and came off the losers in a disappointing result. Last week we faced a zone late on in a terrific win over Pleasance, and we have tweaked our offense even more to suit our style of play. My guys are excited to take to the floor on Friday, it’s been a long time since we were last home. We pulled off the big upset by beating St Mirren and look forward to the University challenge.”
The visitors this week, Glasgow University sit in second to last place in the Men’s SBC league. We had a chance to chat with head coach, Gareth Murray to find out about the team’s progress this season;
“The season has been a difficult one. With some close games that have come down to the last few mins or plays and some heavy defeats to the more established teams in the league. It was always going to be a season of learning and building with a lot of new faces to the squad. This game on Friday will be a must win if we wish to stay in the NL. Playing away to a team like the Knights who have had some wins against the bigger teams, but similarly to us, are a little inconsistent. I expect an exciting physical game with us playing with a chip on our shoulder to prove we deserve to stay in NL.”
Stirling Knights will play Glasgow University at 7:40pm on Friday the 2nd of February.
If you’re at the game, let us know by tweeting us @basketballscot and using #SBCGotW