The Leicester Riders came up short as they took on the Newcastle Eagles this weekend at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena in front of 9000 people.
The Riders led by as many as 14 in the third quarter however the Eagles continued to chip away at the midlands team’s lead to come back in front at the midpoint of the fourth quarter before taking the victory.
Coach Paternostro commented after the game.
“For two-and-a-half quarters we were in good shape. We shut off a little bit defensively, gave them some open looks and they got on a roll.
“We allowed too much penetration to the basket, you can make mistakes in games and they have got to make shots, and they did make the shots. When we made a few defensive mistakes they punished us, by making the shots from the outside.
“I don’t think we expected that when we had that lead, that we were going to run away with it. All great teams, in championship games, are going to make a run at you.”
The Riders will now look to build towards the opening game at the Leicester Community Sports Arena on January 30th against the Surrey Scorchers in the BBL Trophy Quarter-Final.
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