Following their trip to Worcester on Friday night to take on the Wolves in the BBL Cup Semi Final First Leg the Riders travel to Cheshire on Sunday to take on the Phoenix in their second game of their double header weekend.
Meet the Phoenix
Cheshire Phoenix is in their third season under Head Coach Ben Thomas. They have won the BBL Championship twice, the last time in the 2004/05 season.
Last season, Cheshire were prolific from the three point line, led by their captain, Serbian guard Momcilo Latinovic, and Brit Louis Sayers, both in their second season with the club. Latinovic has missed much of the season so far through injury. But augmenting the backcourt is rookie American Parker Jackson Cartwright from the University of Arizona. In October, Cheshire further strengthened their back court with the signing of GB guard Ben Mockford, another accurate long range shooter. Backup at guard comes from British guard Disraeli Lufadeju and guard Neil Gillard.
In the front court, American forward Jalen Hayes is a returnee, and he is joined centre Michael Ochereobia.
Since Riders last played Cheshire, rookie Montell Mcrae has been replaced by Demonte Flannigan who played at Cleveland State University, averaging 11 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He previously played in the top flight in Denmark and Austria, as well as for London Lions in 2017/18.
Season So Far – Phoenix
Cheshire finished fourth in the North group of the BBL Cup, with a very respectable 5 and 5 record. They then lost out to London City Royals in the quarter-finals of the Cup 100-82. They opened their BBL Championship campaign with a narrow 77-69 win at Manchester Giants last weekend.
Season So Far – Riders
Riders have won 9 of 12 games so far this season. Coach Paternostro’s team defeated the London Lions in the BBL Cup Semi Finals on November 29th to book their place in the BBL Cup Semi Finals after claiming the number one seen in the BBL Cup North Group. The Riders also made a positive start to their BBL Championship Campaign defeating the Plymouth Raiders by 18.
Players to Watch
In the BBL Cup campaign, Cheshire point guard Jackson-Cartwright was tenth in the BBL in scoring at 17.6 per game, and fourth in the BBL in assists at 7.3 per game.
Riders Namon Wright was joint top scorer last time out with 23 points, and has pushed his scoring average up to nearly 16 points per game. He is also shooting an impressive 43% from the three point line.
Next Home Game
The Leicester Riders next play at home on December 27th when they take on the Glasgow Rocks in the BBL Championship. CLICK HERE as the Riders look to finish 2019 with a W.