Coaches Column: Riders take on the Lions

Category: News
Author: Fergus Garner
Date: 29th January, 2020

Leicester Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro is looking for his team to make up ground in the BBL Championship, as they run into a busy schedule, starting with the visit of London Lions to the Morningside Arena this Friday night.

Riders had the weekend off as their Championship match versus Newcastle Eagles was postponed, and now, like last season, they have a lot of games in hand on the teams above them in the table.

“We have only played four league games so far, so obviously we have a lot of catching up to do.”

“But we have a decent record overall, when you count in the Cup and Trophy games, and the top clubs in the BBL are in very similar situation to us in terms of overall results.”

“We were in the same situation last year, with a lot of games in hand, and we managed to make up a lot of ground, once we got into our rhythm.”

“Our biggest challenge has been to get some continuity into our play, not helped by the injuries and the chopping and changing.”

“This London game in a big one because they have lost only once in the Championship so far, and have been bang in form, and playing at a high level.”

“The second half schedule is packed for us and we are going to find out the guys who can stay healthy and manage that load.”

“We are going to have to adjust our training schedules in the second half of the season to deal with that.”

“The guys are all itching to play, and they don’t worry about it, but it will be something we have to manage.”

Friday’s match against the Lions, led by their GB stars Justin Robinson and Ovie Soko, is a certain a sell-out and will tip off at the slightly later time of 8pm. Limited tickets are remaining CLICK HERE to purchase yours!

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