Paternostro Reflects on Weekend

Category: News
Author: RidersMedia
Date: 13th November, 2019

Leicester Riders earned a home quarter-final in the BBL Cup, after splitting a pair of games at the weekend.

Riders picked up their fourth consecutive win, when they hammered Glasgow Rocks at home 93-58, with Riders essentially sealing the game at half-time, having built a 20-point lead. 

Jamell Anderson was the star man in the victory, picking up 20 points, and was supported by Kyron Cartwright, who added 17 points and eight assists.

But on Sunday on the road at Sheffield Sharks, Riders were beaten 79-63, which means Sheffield will finish top of the Group if they beat Glasgow in their final group match. 

Joe Scott led the way for Riders in Sheffield with 20 points, including 6 three pointers.

Riders American shooting guard Namon Wright missed both games injured, and Riders continue to be without Josh Ward-Hibbert, who will return to training for the first time this week, following his leg injury in the All Stars Championship a month ago.

Andy Thomson also went out of the Sheffield game with an ankle injury early in the second quarter on Sunday.

Head Coach Rob Paternostro was just pleased that Riders qualified for a home quarter-final,

“We played as well as we have done all season against Glasgow and getting that home quarter-final was a key objective for us.”

“Anderson was fantastic at both ends of the floor, and at times our ball movement was fabulous.”

“It was also good to see Scott knocking down threes, and he will grow in confidence from that.”

“We have struggled with injuries throughout the group stages of the Cup, so I am now just glad that phase is behind us.”

“Andy Thomson’s injury did not look good, and with us already missing Wright and Ward-Hibbert has made the start of the season a real problem.”

“I am glad we have a break now and getting everyone healthy before the quarter-final will be a key objective.”

Riders face a three week break in their schedule before their home quarter-final. That will be against either the third or fourth placed team in the South group, and is likely to be one of Bristol Flyers, Worcester Wolves or London Lions. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets for just £10 on sale at the moment. 

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