The Leicester Riders have a busy weekend ahead of them as they head down south to take on the London City Royals and Surrey Scorchers. On Friday they will face the BBL Trophy Champions the London City Royals who are currently undefeated at home in the BBL Championship this season.
The Riders are currently 1-0 on the season against the Royals but it is sure to be a tightly contested game at Crystal Palace on Friday night. The Riders will then face the 11thplace Scorchers in Surrey on Sunday.
The Riders won their only previous meeting against the Scorchers this season with a 79-84 back in December however both teams rosters have seen a number of changes their last meeting.
Leicester Riders at London City Royals – Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
Friday, 22nd March 2019; 7:30pm – BBL Championship
About the Royals
The Royals were admitted to the BBL in the summer, and in their first season, won the BBL Trophy, when they beat cross town rivals the London Lions at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow a few weeks ago.
They play at the Crystal Palace arena in south London which is due for a major refurbishment, but remains an iconic basketball facility, having been home for clubs like the Towers and the Lions in the past.
Junior Williams is in his first season as a head coach in the BBL.
The Royals made a splash in pre-season with the recruitment of GB internationals Ashley Hamilton and Matthew Bryan-Amaning, both with European experience.
Role players include Orlan Jackman, formerly with Cheshire and Newcastle, Will Neighbour, of Surrey and Plymouth, and point guard Elvisi Dusha also brings BBL experience, having both played for Worcester and Cheshire. A J Roberts was signed from Hemel Storm.
A new recruit is 22-year-old GB guard Jules Dang Akodo, who started the season in Germany, and has also played in Spain and Slovenia, Samuel Toluwase who has played for a number of BBL clubs, and guard Ed Lucas who joined from Angola.
The Royals are coming off consecutive losses at Cheshire Phoenix and London Lions in the BBL Championship, but in between that they had the huge Trophy Final win in overtime.
Riders had their seven game win streak stopped at Manchester last Sunday.
The teams have played once this season, Riders winning at home in their opening BBL match of the season, 83-79. The match is a rearranged fixture because the last game at Crystal Palace was abandoned when water leaked onto the floor.
Players to Watch
Bryan-Amaning is averaging over 18.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 54% from the floor.
Riders need a big game from Swede Pierre Hampton who has had an up-and-down season, averaging over 11 points and 5 rebounds per game, while shooting 48% from the floor.
Next Home Game
The Riders next home game is against the Cheshire Phoenix on March 29th CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets and support the Riders in another exciting BBL Championship game at the Morningside Arena.