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Preview: Bristol Flyers v Leicester Riders

Bristol Flyers v Leicester Riders
BBL
SGS WISE Arena
Friday, October 21st (7.30pm)

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The 2016/17 BBL league winners are in town this week as Flyers take on Leicester Riders at the WISE Arena. 

All the key information on Friday's opponents can be found below.

LEICESTER RIDERS
Britain's oldest professional basketball team had a year to remember last season as they finished as BBL league winners, as well as success in the BBL Trophy and a runners up spot in the play-offs. Riders have started this season in ominous form, winning all six of their BBL games to date putting them firmly at the top of the ladder.

HEAD COACH
Rob Paternostro - Leicester Riders’ most successful coach now is now tied with Fab Flournoy as the most decorated BBL Coach of all time with four Coach of the Year trophies to his name. After guiding the Riders to their highest ever finish in his debut season (3rd, 2008/09), Coach Rob has had an illustrious career which includes a BBL Play-Off, Championship and Cup treble in 2012/13.

ONE TO WATCH
#4 Tyler Bernardini – Italian-American guard Bernardini has been on fire so far this season averaging 16.5 points a game. The 6 foot 6 inch Californian has already bagged himself 21 three-pointers in Riders' six games this season.

OFFICIALS
Taking charge of Friday's game will be Andy Thackray, Ian Spearman and Gavin Lewis.

LAST TIME OUT
Flyers suffered one of their biggest losses since joining the BBL, losing 90-52 in Leicester.

FORM
Riders: WWWWWW
Flyers: LLWLLL

DID YOU KNOW?
Coach Paternostro excelled in several sports in high-school – he was an all-city athlete in soccer and baseball.