|Rio Natura Monbus||21||36||52||73|
|Stat Comparison||Riders||Rio Natura Monbus|
|Riders - T. Bernardini||24|
|Rio Natura Monbus - A. Corbacho||15|
|Riders - R. Hassan||14|
|Rio Natura Monbus - M. Kleber||9|
|Riders - T. Bernardini||3|
|Rio Natura Monbus - P. Pumprla||2|
|Riders - T. Bernardini||2|
|Rio Natura Monbus - D. Miller||4|
|Riders - R. Hassan||1|
|Rio Natura Monbus - K. Nankivil||2|
Leicester Riders hosted Rio Natura Monbus of Obradoiro CAB to open the Riders European Tournament at Loughborough University.
In a very physical game of basketball the Riders were led by shooting guard Tyler Bernardini as his offence kept the Riders close on route to 24 points in the game. Rashad Hassan added a double double of 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Recent Loughborough graduate Jamell Anderson led the way on the defensive end whilst young point guard Conner Washington bothered defensives throughout the game.
Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro was pleased his teams performance overall,
“It was a really hard fought game tonight! Both teams played really hard considering it was an exhibition game, I am proud of our guys. Our conditioning let us down a little bit at the end and will will continue to rectify that but all in all it was a really great game of basketball.”
Forward Rashad Hassan commented after the game also,
It was a great effort from the team tonight and although we took a tough loss we will bounce back as we have a game Sunday. We will give it our best effort and hopefully pick up a win.”
Riders will face Okapi Aalstar on Sunday at 5pm but not before Rio Natura Monbus face visiting Okapi Aalstar at Loughborough University at 5pm today (Saturday 20th September).