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Posted Friday, February 15th 2019

ITEC Game Preview » Bristol Flyers v Leicester Riders

Bristol Flyers v Leicester Riders
BBL Championship
Saturday, February 16th, 7.30pm
SGS College Arena
SOLD OUT
Bristol Flyers host the defending BBL Champions in front of a sold out WISE Campus on Saturday night (7.30pm).
Everything you need to know on Saturday night’s opponents can be found below.

LEICESTER RIDERS

Leicester are one of the most celebrated teams in BBL history. Riders’ pedigree speaks for itself, last season alone they secured the treble with a league record of 28-5 and also won the BBL Trophy and play-off crown. Back-to-back double-winning weekends this month have put the Riders on the brink of taking the lead in the BBL Championship this season, whilst the Flyers have fallen to four consecutive defeats with just one league win in their last eight encounters to fall from second to outside of the play-off places.


HEAD COACH

ROB PATERNOSTRO

Coach Rob Paternostro has turned Leicester into one of the most consistent teams in the league, having never finished lower than fourth during his tenure at the helm. A former player in the BBL with Birmingham Bullets and Leicester Riders, Paternostro is one of a select few men to have won the BBL Coach of the Year on more than one occasion.


ONE TO WATCH

CONNER WASHINGTON

Having recently earned a call-up to the Great Britain squad for next week’s Eurobasket pre-qualifiers, Washington heads into this weekend averaging nine points, three rebounds and three assists per game. In his first stint with the Riders, Washington played six seasons with the club, helping them secure nine pieces of BBL silverware. The British guard re-joined the club in the summer following a brief spell in Denmark.


LAST TIME OUT

Bristol Flyers fell short of a comeback victory against Leicester Riders away from home.


AS IT STANDS

League Table

TEAM P W L PTS
7 DBL Sharks Sheffield 32 16 16 32
8 Cheshire Phoenix 31 15 16 30
9 Bristol Flyers 31 14 17 28
10 Manchester Giants 33 14 19 28
11 Worcester Wolves 31 5 26 10

WATCH LIVE

Saturday’s game against Leicester Riders will be able to watch LIVE online in the UK and the United States via the BBL’s official streaming partner, LiveBasketball.TV.

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