Preview: Leicester Riders vs Cheshire Phoenix

Category: News
Author: RidersMedia
Date: 7th October, 2019

The Leicester Riders take on the Cheshire Phoenix this Friday in the BBL Cup at the Morningside Arena. The Riders will be looking to bounce back from their loss to the Eagles last time out with a strong performance against the Nix before travelling to London for the BBL All-Stars event on Sunday.

Tickets are still available for Friday’s game, CLICK HERE to get your tickets as the Riders take on the Nix for the second time this season.

About the Phoenix

Cheshire Phoenix is in their third season under Head Coach Ben Thomas, he is under the guidance of Mike Burton, former Cheshire head coach and one of the most experienced coaches in the British game.

They won the BBL Cup competition two seasons ago, but so far have got off to an slow start to this season.

They like to stretch team with a preponderance of shots from beyond the arc, led by their captain, Serbian guard Momcilo Latinovic, and British shooting guard Louis Sayers, both in their second seasons with the club. 

Running the point is rookie American Parker Jackson Cartwright from the University of Arizona. Since playing Riders last time Cheshire has further strengthened this back court with the signing of GB guard Ben Mockford, another accurate long range shooter. Backup in the back court comes from British guard Disraeli Lufadeju, point guard Neil Gillard.

American forward Jalen Hayes is a returnee and he is joined by rookie forward Montell Mcrae and 6 foot 8 inch centre Michael Ochereobia, who is 30 years old from Hackney, and previously played for Surrey Scorchers. 

Season So Far – Phoenix

Cheshire started the season with a heavy defeat in Newcastle 97-68, then lost at home to Leicester 75-63 coming back strongly late in the fourth quarter, and then went down to Sheffield Sharks 75-60 two weeks ago. Last Sunday at home to Newcastle a short-handed Phoenix played extremely well before going down 100-92. 

Season So Far – Riders

Riders started the season with a Home victory over Sheffield, and  wins on the road at Manchester and Cheshire, before becoming unstuck at home to Newcastle, 94-86 last weekend.

Players to Watch

British guard Louis Sayers, who joined Cheshire from Plymouth Raiders, does not lack confidence in his shot, and is capable of scoring in bunches. He has hit 18 threes from 38 attempts in the first four games of the season.

Riders Jesse Chuku is rehabilitating from a long term hip injury and Head Coach Rob Paternostro is carefully managing his minutes. But Chuku was superb form against Newcastle, contributing 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks while shooting an impressive 66% from the floor. 

Tickets are still available for Friday’s game, CLICK HERE to get your tickets as the Riders take on the Nix for the second time this season.

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