Bradford Dragons restart their season, following the festive break, with a home double-header this weekend. The Dragons take on Manchester Magic in the National Basketball League division one, on Saturday evening (6:15pm), followed by a first ever appearance in the National Trophy quarter finals, against Kent Crusaders, on Sunday afternoon (4:15pm). Both games take place at the Bradford College Sports Hall, Trinity Road, Bradford, BD5 0JE.
Dragons’ head coach, Chris Mellor said, “Manchester gave us a 30 point spanking at the start of the Trophy competition and have quickly established themselves as one of the better teams this season. They are always tough defensively and play team-ball offensively. There are some big match-ups, which I feel will be a key factor in deciding the outcome of the game.”
Sunday’s opponents, Kent Crusaders, currently sit with only a single loss in the league and will provide another stern test for the Dragons. Mellor said, “They are a young team but have been good at both ends of the floor and are well coached by Lloyd Gardner. We will need to be tough and play with both intensity and concentration, in order to beat them.”
Hungarian Tamas Szlavik has unfortunately had to return to his home country, due to off-court, personal issues, leaving the Dragons with a squad of 12 players for the remainder of the campaign. However, the Dragons are boosted by the return of skipper Vance Silcott, following international duty in Montserrat, and with recent additions J.P. Davis, Chris McGrew and Nathan Ashley settling in well, they now look to have a much more balanced roster, with more options in different positions.
The Dragons are also making a special offer to supporters this weekend. Dragons Director of Media and Communications, Simon Carter explained, “As a club, we appreciate that many families find their finances stretched, following the Christmas period. As part of our commitment to making top class Basketball accessible to everybody within our community, we would therefore like to extend an offer of free entry to all under 16’s, for both of this weekend’s games, if accompanied by a paying adult. Whether you are new to Basketball or a seasoned supporter, we would love to welcome you to the Dragons Den, so come along and help roar the Dragons on to victory.”
Tickets for this weekend’s games can be can be purchased on the door, or in advance from www.ticketsource.co.uk/bradforddragons.