The Leicester Riders begin their BBL Championship Campaign at the Morningside Arena this Friday against the Plymouth Raiders. CLICK HERE to get your tickets!
Meet the Raiders
The Raiders continue to rebuild in their second season under new ownership, and their second under Leicester born Head Coach Paul James, one of the most experienced coaches currently in the BBL.
Their lone piece of BBL silverware is in the Trophy they won in the 2006/07 season, although they have finished as the bridesmaids 4 times.
They lost their captain captain Zak Wells, a 7 foot centre, to retirement, and their dynamic, all purpose, American forward Donte Nicholas to Europe, in the summer.
But they retained point guard Josh Wilcher and forward Rashad Hassan, who is one of the most effective scorers in the BBL in his position.
New signings include 6’8” rookie forward Tyrell Johnson a graduate of Appalachian State University. Johnson had an impressive senior year at college with 9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, with a shooting percentage of 48%. Also new is British guard Tola Okiki, London point guard Denzel Ubiaro, centre Theo Turner who played at Barry University in Miami, and another British guard Joshua Palmer.
Three weeks ago, Raiders added Ron Mvouika who was born in Paris, France, and graduated from St. John’s college in the US in 2016, before turning professional, and has played the past two seasons with Bayer Leverkusen Giants in Germany. He is averaging nearly 17 points and 6 rebounds per game.
Season So Far – Raiders
The Raiders finished their BBL Cup group campaign with five straight losses, which meant they missed out on the quarter-finals. They had good wins against Worcester Wolves and Surrey Scorchers in their Cup campaign.
Season So Far – Riders
Riders are in excellent form having won 5 of their last 6 games which saw them finish top of the BBL Cup North Group. This run included the 72-63 against London Lions in the BBL Cup quarter-finals last time out.
Players to Watch
Former Rider’s forward Rashad Hassan is fourth best scorer in the BBL at 20.1 points per game, and fourth best rebounder in the BBL at 8.8 per match. He is also in the top ten for floor shooting at 57%. Josh Wilcher is seventh best scorer in the BBL at 19.6 points per game.
For Leicester, point guard Kyron Cartwright continues to lead the BBL in assists at just under 9 per game, and is also growing as an offensive threat, averaging nearly 12 points per game.
Tickets are still available for Friday’s game, CLICK HERE to purchase yours as the Riders look to start their BBL Championship campaign with a win!