Leicester Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro is looking at his playing options, after a tricky weekend that saw injuries to American point guard Kyron Cartwright on Friday night in a BBL Cup defeat to Cheshire Phoenix, and to young British forward Josh Ward-Hibbert on Sunday afternoon in the first game of the British All Stars Championship.
Both players suffered knee injuries that will be examined this week.
That news came after confirmation that centre Mo Walker has been forced to have surgery last week since his hamstring tear has not responded sufficiently to treatment.
Riders could not get on track offensively on Friday night, as Cheshire recorded their first win of the campaign, ands new boy Ben Mockford hit four three-pointers on his way to 20 points.
Riders had an off night shooting, manging just 35% from the floor, and a paltry 17% from the three point line.
Cartwright had racked up 8 assists in just 19 minutes before he was forced out of the game with injury.
Only Namon Wright looked his normal self with 15 points on 50% shooting including 3 three pointers.
Riders came back from a big deficit to beat Cheshire on a final second 5 foul on a shot from Loughborough’s Alex Roberts
Riders also had a victory over Glasgow in the All Stars, before they ran out of steam in the semi-final, losing to Sheffield Sharks with Nick Lewis leading their charge offensively and others making tough shots.
“It has been a very difficult weekend. Kyron is a very important player for us, and although we were not shooting the ball very well, we were containing Cheshire defensively and keeping ourselves in the game somehow.”
“But we could not build any momentum, and every time we threatened a comeback we contrived to miss an open shot. Seeing Josh going down like that was particularly cruel, especially with him playing so well this season. Injuries are part and parcel of sport, but three down at this stage is very tough.”
“We are going to have to completely reassess where we are at player-wise and try and figure something out. It is very tough.”
Next up for Riders is another match in the BBL Cup this Sunday against Glasgow Rocks (5:00pm) at the Emirates Arena. Both teams are on 3 wins against two losses in the North Group.
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