BASKETBALL: Bridge ready for Plymouth’s raid

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SHEFFIELD Sharks forward Andrew Bridge says the experience of tomorrow night’s opponents Plymouth Raiders will provide a tough test.

The Devon club have had a good start to their BBL Championship campaign and currently sit in fourth place before their visit to the EIS (7.30pm).

Bridge said: “Obviously they’re a very good team with some strong perimeter players who played in this league for a while and are established. All four of them can be explosive scorers, and we need to key on that.

“But if we give them all the attention, they have Matt Schneck and other proven weapons all over the over the court.

“They’ve lost a couple of games that they’d have expected to win, which probably isn’t a good sign for us as there will be some kind of reaction and they’ll be fired up for the game.”

Raiders had built a BBL tested squad but recently allowed Anthony Rowe to leave the south-west. It was a move that shocked Bridge.

He said: “I am surprised that they released Anthony Rowe, I don’t know the ins and outs of it, but he’s a solid player from Plymouth. I guess it’s tough for both sides as he’s been there a while, but he’s moved on to a great situation and I’m sure it’ll work out for both him and Riders.”

Despite Sharks lowly second from bottom position, Plymouth coach Gavin Love isn’t taking the Sheffield team lightly as his side make the long trip north: “I know the Sharks have a good mixture of experience and talented rookies so I know we will be in for a tough game.

“Mike Tuck and Olu Babalola are always going to be the lead their team and adding a veteran like Andrew Bridge will only strengthen their team.”