Last weekend was a busy one for the Riders who faced the Worcester Wolves in the first leg of the BBL Cup Semi Final before taking a trip to Cheshire to take on the Phoenix on Sunday. Here’s 3 things we learnt across the 2 games.
Riders Showed Guts in Semi Final First Leg
Coach Paternostro’s men showed guts on the Road in Worcester on Friday night taking a 3 point lead into the second leg at the Morningside Arena on January 3rd. The Wolves who are much improved on last season have been a tough match up for all this season particularly at the University of Worcester Arena. The Riders put in yet another impressive defensive effort holding a Wolves team that usually average 79.6 points per game to just 63 points on the night which has helped to put them in a good position ahead of the second leg next month.
Cartwright Earns himself back to back Team of the Week Appearances
Point Guard Kyron Cartwright earned himself a place in the BBL Team of the Week for the second time in as many weeks after another jaw dropping passing display against the Cheshire Phoenix on Sunday Evening. Cartwright finished the game with an incredible 17 assists to go along with 7 points and 6 rebounds and was once again influential for the Riders orchestrating the offence throughout. Cartwright is now averaging a crazy 18 assists per game in the BBL Championship and 9.5 assists per game in the BBL Cup which leads the League in both competitions.
Season High for Jesse Chuku
6’8 British Forward Jesse Chuku had his highest points tally of the season on Sunday Night against the Cheshire Phoenix. Chuku surpassed his previous season high of 21 points which he has reached on 2 occasions by pouring in 22 points against the Phoenix. The Londoner once again displayed his sweet shooting touch scoring several midrange jumpers and 2 threes as he caused trouble for the Nix all night. Chuku has made a positive start to the season using his ability to hurt teams on both the inside and on an extremely efficient 57% shooting from the floor.
The Leicester Riders next play at home on December 27th when they take on the Glasgow Rocks in the BBL Championship. CLICK HERE as the Riders look to finish 2019 with a W.