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Preview » Bristol Flyers v Leicester Riders

Bristol Flyers v Leicester Riders
BBL Championship,
Friday, December 1st,
SGS WISE Arena,

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Bristol Flyers look to secure back to back wins, as they host Leicester Riders on Friday night (7:30pm)

Everything you need to know on Friday’s opponents can be found below.


Leicester Riders

Leicester Riders are the oldest established club in British basketball. This historic club has finished top of the league three times since the BBL’s inception, along with three BBL Cups and a BBL trophy. In addition, Riders were crowned Play-Off champions twice over the last five years.

As one of the most consistently dominant teams in the BBL, the Leicester Riders may very well be favourites to win the league again this season, which would be their third straight BBL league title in a row.


HEAD COACH

Riders’ Head Coach Rob Paternostro is championed as potentially the best coach in the league, with nine trophies in the last five seasons. Coach Rob’s continued success at the club has been recognised around the league as he was awarded Molten Coach of the Year last season.


LAST TIME OUT

A game-high 17 points from Pierre Hampton led Leicester Riders to a 79-58 victory over Bristol Flyers at the Leicester Arena.


LAST SEASON

Last season, Leicester Riders enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in BBL history, as they achieved the illustrious triple crown. Leicester repeated as BBL league champions with a record of 27-6, took home the BBL Cup and beat the Newcastle Eagles 84-63 in the BBL Play-Off finals. 


Gameday Parking

Please note, SGS College has introduced paid parking system, however the club has reached an agreement with Aviva insurance, a short five minute walk away from the WISE campus for fans to use their car park free of charge.

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ONE TO WATCH

TrayVonn Wright is back with the Leicester Riders, after a stint with Rethymno Cretan Kings. Wright is one of the most exciting and athletic players in the BBL. The American’s ability to play multiple positions and contribute on both ends of the floor will be integral to the Riders’ quest for their third straight BBL title. 

In addition to the welcomed return of their American swingman, Riders will most likely get a boost from their bench. Leicester’s bench unit lead the league in points, chipping in an impressive 31 points per game. Being able to rest their starters, whilst the bench unit protects or even extends a lead, has been a luxury for Leicester and one of the reasons for their early season success.


Form

Bristol Flyers - WWLW
Leicester Riders - LWWW


OFFICIALS

Taking charge of Friday’s game will be Gavin Williams, Haydn Jones and Gavin Lewis.


DID YOU KNOW?

- Sunday’s game marks Andrew Thomson’s 200th BBL game. 

- TyronVonn Wright needs two more blocks to reach 100 blocks in the BBL

- Bristol Flyers have never beaten the Leicester Riders in all competitions.


WATCH LIVE

Friday's game will be available to watch LIVE via the BBL’s official streaming partner, LiveBaketball.TV (subscription) - click here to sign up NOW.