Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Scorchers Able to Turn Up the Heat, Warns Schlitzer

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Scorchers Able to Turn Up the Heat, Warns Schlitzer

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NICK Schlitzer is looking forward to his return to Surrey to face his old club the Scorchers - but warned the Newcastle Eagles they will be in for a tough test.

The shooting guard had his best game as one of the men in black last time out with an impressive tripledouble against Dunfermline Reign in the BBL Trophy.

Schlitzer finished that game with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and wants Newcastle to pick up another win to keep pace with the early British Basketball League Championship pace-setters.

Surrey have started their season well too, with a record identical to the Eagles - three wins and one defeat in four league fixtures.

Schlitzer spent two years with the Scorchers and is looking forward to going back to his old stomping ground.

However, he knows the Eagles will face a very different team to the one which won just six of its 33 league games last season.

He said: "It is going to be interesting to go back down there and see some people I have not seen in a while and it will be nice.

"They are on a roll with three recent wins.

"We will need to get a good week of practice in if we are going to go down there and get a win. It will be tough."

Surrey lost their home BBL Trophy game against London City Royals on Sunday to end their recent good run.

However, it means they can really focus in on their Championship challenge and look to bounce back this weekend.

Schlitzer added: "They have a good environment down there and they always play good in front of their own crowd so it is going to be tough. We have to go in expecting nothing less. Hopefully we will have all our guys back for Saturday, which will help.

"It was good the guys stepped up on Friday after losing Mike and Sade and that is good for the team - but I think more than likely they will be good and ready for Saturday. …

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