It was a spectacular breakout season for British Guard/Forward Josh Ward-Hibbert who burst onto the scene in the new year after receiving more court time from Head Coach Rob Paternostro.
Ward-Hibbert’s high intensity and effort on both ends of the floor quickly made him a fans favourite and his performances were also noted by his teammates who voted him club players player of the year. Josh provided a much needed boost off the bench for the Riders, locking up on the defensive end as well as having some explosive offensive performances. Josh had a career high season in points per game, rebounds, assists, steals and field goal %.
February 2nd 2019 V Manchester Giants – BBL Championship
Stat Line: 18 Points (7-13 FG), 10 Rebounds, 1 Assists
Josh Ward-Hibbert had a fantastic 18 point and 10 rebound double double as the Leicester Riders defeated the Manchester Giants 94-68 at the Morningside Arena. Josh got going early hitting a corner 3 with 2 minutes left in the first quarter before scoring a layup in transition early in the second quarter to bring the Riders within 5 of the Giants. Ward-Hibbert continued to be hot in the second half scoring a further 2 3 pointers as well as a couple of tough finished inside.
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April 20th 2019 V Worcester Wolves – BBL Championship
Stat Line: 21 Points (7-13 FG), 10 Rebounds, 3 Assists
Josh Produced another impressive double double, this time against the Worcester Wolves in a crushing 121-70 victory for the Riders. It was arguably Josh’s best performance of the season as he displayed his full offensive arsenal in a balanced Riders attack. Josh was in attack mode early knocking down a deep three followed by a layup and explosive dunk in transition. Ward-Hibbert continued to do damage in the second half slicing to the basket for 2 smooth layups as well as knocking down a corner 3 as the Riders cruised to Victory.
May 12th2019V Plymouth Raiders – Benecos BBL Playoff Semi Final
Stat Line: 13 Points (6-12 FG), 4 Rebound, 1 Assists
After a 2 point win down in Plymouth in the first leg the Riders faced a tough second leg against a gritty Raiders squad. Josh had another solid performance particularly on the defensive end against Plymouth’s star man Donte Nicholas. Josh shot the ball at a respectable 50% from the floor attacking the basket hard and finishing strong whilst also hitting one 3. Josh was a nuisance defensively denying Nicholas the ball and contesting every shot as the Riders held him to just 12 points for the game. The Riders claimed an 85-7 win sending them through to the Benecos BBL Playoff Final by 14 on aggregate.