Bernardini: Our “focus has to be laser sharp” in the Playoffs

Category: News
Author: RidersMedia
Date: 28th April, 2018

The BBL Playoffs are right around the corner! The Leicester Riders will be looking to head back to the O2 Arena after the team clinched the number one seed and the BBL Championship title in the process.

The Riders will face the faces in Sheffield on May 5th in the first leg at 4pm and then return home on May 6th for the second leg of the Quarter Final, also at 4pm.

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After finishing at the top of the standings for the third year in a row, the Riders will be hoping that remains a good sign going into this seasons playoffs as they take on a very tough Sheffield Sharks team.

Riders captain Tyler Bernardini believes that achieving the number one seed was just the beginning of their season’s objectives:

“Clinching the #1 seed was a vital goal for us at the start of the year. We knew that by clinching the top spot, that means winning the league for the 3rd year in a row. It also puts us in the best position going into the playoffs.”

As the team is aiming for back-to-back playoff success, Bernardini feels it’s the team’s spirit that matters most:

“I feel as good about this team as I have felt about any of the championship teams I have played on. There is a real grittiness to the group that is so much fun to be a part of. Every night we step out on that floor, or even every day at practice our group competes, and that type of behaviour is what it takes to win in the playoffs.”

Tyler Bernardini has quite the reputation for getting hot from three in a hurry, and it seems the bigger the stage, the bigger the performance for the Riders captain. He is hoping to have that ‘Mamba’ mentality come the biggest stage of all:

“The playoffs are almost an entirely different beast than the regular season. Every team is focused, and more locked into their opponents. The structure is set-up to either win and advance, or lose and go home, that’s it season over. With those type of stakes, you have to have a killer mentality. It’s nice to have the period right now to relax a bit mentally because after this weekend the focus has to be laser sharp to win it.”

Tickets are on sale for the BBL Playoffs by CLICKING HERE.

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