Having started the BBL season in impressive fashion last weekend, Leicester Riders tackle their first Friday/Saturday night double-header this week.
On Friday night (7:30pm), the Riders head to the University of Worcester to take on the Wolves in the first game inside their brand-new arena, before returning to the John Sandford Sports Centre on Saturday evening (7:30pm) where they face last season’s BBL Trophy winners, Sheffield Sharks.
Focusing on the first of the weekend’s consecutive pair of matchups, Riders head coach Rob Paternostro is preparing his team for a tough test against Worcester Wolves on Friday evening, with the Wolves looking to improve on last year’s 20-13 record.
Paul James’s side opened their season with an emphatic 117-60 win over an inexperienced Surrey United in Guildford last Saturday.
“Coach James has been a coach in this league for a long time and I think he understands what it takes to put a successful team on the floor,” said Paternostro ahead of Friday night’s game.
“They have some talent over there, no question. They are a team that have had a great start and I’m sure they’ll be looking forward to play their first home game, which is inside their brand-new arena. It’s a big time for their club and it’s great for the league, so I’m sure they are creating a lot of excitement this year.”
‘As the season goes on, when we play Worcester, he’ll (Taylor) be an important man to focus on.’ – Paternostro
One player in a Wolves uniform that Leicester Riders’ coaches, players and fans will be aware of is guard Zaire Taylor, who was part of last year’s successful campaign that culminated in three trophies.
Looking ahead to the reunion with his former player, Paternostro was full of praise for a man named in the BBL Defensive Team of the Year last season.
“Zaire was great for us last year and I really enjoyed coaching him,” commented Rob on Zaire.
“He was able to produce in many big games for us and he was a player very much liked by his team-mates. We know what kind of player he can be and how he can impact a game. As the season goes on, when we play Worcester, he’ll be an important man to focus on.”
Riders return to their home floor against Sheffield Sharks on Saturday night (7:30pm tip-off).
Leicester Riders’ official website will deliver head coach Rob Paternostro’s thoughts on the game in the build-up to the encounter.
Tickets for the game against Atiba Lyons’ Sharks are selling quickly, so book online by CLICKING HERE to avoid disappointment.