Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders’ play-caller Rob Paternostro has been named Molten BBL Coach Of The Month after guiding his team to a fantastic unbeaten start to the new season.
Since the 2012-13 campaign tipped off way back during late September, the play-caller has taken Riders to the top of the BBL Championship standings with seven wins from seven games and Riders are now also the only club in the BBL yet to taste defeat this season.
Playing the usual brand of exciting and entertaining basketball that has become synonymous with Paternostro ever since he first took hold of the reins, Riders started off the new campaign with a convincing 71-55 success on opening night at One Health Sharks Sheffield and have never looked back since.
They secured an 80-72 win against Cheshire in their first home game, and as the season unfolded, they continued to rack up the victories.
Centre John Fraley was at the forefront of their best work as they despatched London Lions and then destroyed potential title rivals Worcester Wolves 79-61.
Whilst they did subsequently experience a very nervy time on the road at Durham Wildcats, they still dug out a hard-fought 79-74 success and even with John Fraley sustaining an injury and ruling him out of action, Paternostro and his team shrugged off that particular blow in spectacular fashion last weekend.
For they travelled back to the north-east and picked apart the reigning BBL Champions Newcastle Eagles in impressive fashion to grab a 75-63 win, before then also showing their resilience and ability to win ugly when they squeezed past Cheshire in overtime last Saturday.
Paternostro guided the club to the BBL Play-Off Final last season and on the evidence of what we have seen so far this time around, his new-look side looks like it might just fancy taking Riders back again this year.
Although still early days, it hasn’t taken Paternostro long to stamp his ethos on this relatively new group of players, and with seven wins from seven games, it should quite rightly send out a signal to all other BBL clubs that once again, Riders will be challenging for silverware on all fronts.