A TRIP to Scotland will provide new Cheshire Jets signing Milan Psaltou with his first true taste of the BBL Championship.
John Lavery takes his side over Hadrian’s Wall to face Glasgow Rocks on Sunday with his new Serbian/Greek forward settling in after replacing the released Dan Briglia.
Psaltou arrived just in time to see the Jets devastate MK Lions at the Northgate Arena last Sunday and he gave his first interview after his second training session with the Jets.
“It’s a new experience for me,” said the 27-year-old. “I wanted to come here to play to see what level the BBL is.
“It’s a new basketball experience. I believe the more basketball experiences you have make you a better player and better person.”
The 6ft 7ins player, who can operate at power forward or small forward, had been playing for Polis Kallitheas team in the Greek C league this season.
Born in Serbia, he represented the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) national team at both under 16s and U18s.
“The style of the BBL seems a little bit different,” he said. “In Greece we played a more controlled game of basketball and here it is more running and shooting and more playing one-on- ones.
“But my teammates are good players and I hope we have a good end of season and make the playoffs.”
With the Jets in resurgent form and getting stronger by the week, Glasgow Rocks player-coach Sterling Davies is apprehensive about their visit to Kelvin Halls.
“Cheshire are looking like they are starting to come back into form unfortunately for us.
“Matt Schneck is a proven workhorse game after game and also Adam Brown at point guard gives them a very solid leader with the ball.”
Last time the Rocks – featuring former Jet Gareth Murray – visited the Northgate the Jets clocked up an 85-78 victory and Davis is hoping his fifth placed side will produce a better performance on Sunday.
“We have only seen them once this season and they just flat out out-played us,” he said. “We have to do a better job of guarding their shooters.”