Leicester Riders travel to take on the Worcester Wolves in the BBL Champions this Friday, March 1st at 7.30pm looking to continue the positive run of form in 2019 and keep the pressure on the league leaders.
Be sure to get to the Moringside Arena, Leicester to watch the team upstairs in the Kevin Routledge suite or tune into livebasketball.tv to watch live!
About the Wolves
Head Coach Ty Shaw took over this season as coach and director of basketball, after Paul James headed to Plymouth. The 39 years old American, who had previously played for the Wolves between 2003 and 2006, took ill at a game against Sheffield on 11th January, and he has temporarily been replaced by ex-GB and Glasgow Rocks coach Tony Garbelotto, immensely experienced in the UK and overseas.
It is a new look Wolves this season, led by experienced Americans Robert Crawford and Darell Combs, with Spaniard Mika Servera. Part-way through the season 32 years old Spanish forward Alex Navajas rejoined, having been with Wolves for the previous 2 seasons, as did 6 ft 7 inches forward Deshawn Freeman, recently graduated from Rutgers University.
England international guard Adam Thoseby is in his first season in the BBL, following a year playing for Sydney Kings in Australia’s NBL. Jordan Whelan also joined from Manchester. Two months ago Wolves added 6 foot 10 inches centre Lester Prosper from the British Virgin Islands. Prosper played in Panama last season.
Worcester have struggled with injuries all season long, and after an opening night victory over Plymouth Raiders they have struggled for results, with one of the worst a 114 to 76 hammering at Sheffield, when Shaw was taken ill. Garbelotto started with defeats at home to Newcastle, and away at Manchester in an overtime classic, which the Giants edged 124 to 123. But the Wolves then won two on the bounce, at home to Surrey, and even more impressively away at Plymouth, the weekend before the international break.
Riders went undefeated in February, and have lost only once in 2019, away at Glasgow, and have won nine of the 10 matches this year with the new addition of Forward Tim Williams and Point Guard Brandon Clark returning after a season is France.
Ones to Watch
Worcester’s Freeman continues to light up the BBL averaging nearly 19 points and over 11 rebounds a game, while shooting 55% from the floor.
The Riders Tim Williams continues to impressive, averaging over 16 points and 4 rebounds a game, while shooting over 64% from the floor.
Next Home Game
The Leicester Riders face their fierce rivals the Newcastle Eagles in their Final BBL Championship meeting of the season on March 15th. CLICK HERE to buy your tickets now!