Eagles have several new signings too, including former Raider, Drew Lasker. But Marriott already knows what to expect from Fab Flournoy and co.
“Newcastle have added some exciting new additions and Coach Flournoy never takes anything less than a trophy-laden season,” said Marriott.
“Anything less than our best and we will be in big trouble. That being said, when our guys click and become one I am very confident against any team in this league.”
Last time they met:
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 71 Plymouth University Raiders 76 (BBL Championship, Sport Central, 15/03/2013)
What they say:
Raiders big Shane Walker “From day one Newcastle is recognised as one of the best teams in the league. So as a player this is one of those games you really get up for. Hopefully with our youth we can speed up the game and make some of their veteran players as uncomfortable as possible. I personally am looking to be an imposing force on defence and use my athleticism to cause problems for their bigs on both ends of the floor.”
Eagles guard Drew Lasker: “We have some big team goals this season and I would be doing my team-mates an injustice if I allowed this game to be more important than any other game. Everyone on this team can score at any given time. We don’t need to rely on one guy to get points especially if we allow our defence to create our offence like we showed in the Cheshire game.”