Preview: Riders at Raiders

Category: News
Author: RidersMedia
Date: 16th February, 2020

Following Friday Nights impressive victory over the Newcastle Eagles the Riders make the long trip down South to take on the Plymouth Raiders. CLICK HERE to watch live on Youtube.

About the Raiders

The Raiders are in their second season under new ownership, with further changes at Board level expected soon. Head Coach Paul James is in his second season in Plymouth after a long spell in charge of Worcester Wolves.

This season the Raiders retained point guard Josh Wilcher, one of the best passers in the BBL, and forward Rashad Hassan, who is a former Rider and a walking double-double. New to the team this season is British guard Tola Okiki, London point guard Denzel Ubiaro, and British guard Joshua Palmer. In November, Raiders added Raiders added Frenchman Ron Mvouika, a versatile guard.

But Raiders have been chopping and changing, and out went rookie forward Tyrell Johnson, recent signing Samuel Daniel, who impressed in Raiders defeat in Leicester in early December, and centre Theo Turner.

They have been replaced by former London City Royals forward Will Neighbor, who was previously with the Club in 2017/8, and former Bristol big man Leslee Smith. And Plymouth made a huge statement of intent by signing former Royals guard Matt Scott who was BBL Player of the Month in November, and was averaging 20.2 points, pulling down 7.2 rebounds as well as dishing out 2.8 assists per game, across the twelve BBL Cup appearances for London City.

Form Guide

 The Raiders had a tough BBL Cup group campaign and missed out on progressing to the quarter-finals. They were also knocked out of the BBL Trophy in their first match, losing at home to Sheffield.

And they started their Championship campaign with an 18 point defeat in Leicester, and proceeded then to losing another 5 games on the bounce, as they suffered from injuries to key players.

But their season turned around two weeks ago with an upset win in Glasgow, and they made it two in a row with a comfortable home win against Surrey a week ago.

The Riders have won three straight, after being knocked out of the Trophy at Bristol.

Players to Watch

Former Rider Rashad Hassan was in extraordinary form in Plymouth’s home win over Surrey last week, missing just 2 of his 13 shots on his way to 26 points, and he pulled down 13 rebounds as well, in thirty minutes of play.

For Leicester, shooting guard Corey Johnson was simply sensational last weekend in the Riders narrow win over Surrey. He hit 10 of 15 three pointers, the most by a Rider in art least the last 12 years, on his way to 32 points, and contributed 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 31 minutes of play.

The Leicester Riders next play at the Morningside Arena on February 29th when they take on the Sheffield Sharks, CLICK HERE to get your tickets!

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