Alongside the Riders, several sides are involved in the tussle at the top of the league, and with a few unpredicted results early on this season, many consider this years’ race for trophies as the most open to date.
“The league seems deeper, as many had predicted at the beginning of the season. But regardless of how high the competition is we have high expectations here,” commented Rowe who joined Leicester from Plymouth last season. “We want to put ourselves in the best possible position to be winning as much as we can.”
One of those trophies up for grabs is the BBL Cup, and with Riders now in to the semi final of that competition, a return to Birmingham NIA presents the first opportunity.
“I see the BBL Cup as one of the most prestigious pieces of silverware up for grabs,” said Rowe who lifted the trophy with Riders last time out.
“There’s a great excitement generated around the league for this competition and the two finalists get to play at a packed NIA.”
“The new guys have been huge for us.” Rowe on signings
Leicester edged out Newcastle Eagles in last season’s final, Rowe playing a key part of the success in front of a 8,000 in Birmingham.
With Anthony Downing, Rashad Hassan, Levi Noel and Harrison Gamble, there are a few new faces that the West Country forward feels are adding a new dimension to the team.
“The new guys have been huge for us. Each of them individually has stepped up but more importantly they are all unselfish and love winning.”
“We are very blessed to have a team that has good relationships on and off the court.”
Photograph courtesy of Ville Vuorinen.