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Posted Thursday, October 7th 2021

ITEC Game Preview » Leicester Riders (H)

Bristol Flyers host Leicester Riders in the BBL Cup on Friday night (7.30pm tip-off).

Everything you need to know ahead of tip-off can be found below in our ITEC game preview.


GAME DETAILS

  • Date: Friday, October 8th
  • Tip-off: 7.30pm
  • Where: SGS College Arena
  • Tickets: SOLD OUT
  • Watch online: Tune in FREE on BBL Player

WATCH FOR FREE


Leicester Riders

Image credit: Peter Simmons 5or6

Leicester Riders are the oldest professional club in British Basketball and are founding members of BBL. They have had consistent success in the past decade with four BBL play-off wins, two cup wins and two trophy wins. 

Riders won the league title in the BBL championship last season with a 24-6 record. They lost out to eventual winners Newcastle Eagles in the play-off semi-finals. 

Riders have returned several key players from their successful previous season including BBL MVP Geno Crandall, Captain Darien Nelson-Henry, GB international Conner Washington and big man Mo Walker.


HEAD COACH

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

Image credit: Peter Simmons 5or6

New addition Marc Loving has been lighting it up for Riders so far in their cup campaign. The forward is averaging 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds across their early games. 

His three point shooting has been exceptional with a 70% average on five attempts per game, so Flyers will need to ensure they don’t leave him open on the perimeter. He had a team high 21 points in Riders win against Surrey Scorchers.


LAST TIME OUT

Bristol Flyers won a thrilling 84-85 victory at the Morningside Arena in their season opener. A game-winning three from Josh Rogers ended a late comeback effort from Leicester. 


WATCH LIVE

Tickets for the game are sold out, however those who missed out can take in the game for FREE on BBL Player.

WATCH ONLINE

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