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Posted Friday, January 19th 2018

Preview » Leicester Riders v Bristol Flyers

Leicester Riders v Bristol Flyers
BBL Championship
Saturday, January 20th
Leicester Arena

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Bristol Flyers travel to Leicester Riders looking for their first BBL win against the league leaders on Saturday night (7:30pm).

Everything you need to know on Saturday's opponents can be found below.


Leicester Riders

Leicester Riders are the oldest established clubs in British basketball and one of the most celebrated teams in the BBL. They have won the BBL Championship three times, the BBL Cup three times and the BBL Trophy once.

Sitting top of the league with a record of 13-2, Leicester Riders may very well be favourites to win their third straight BBL league title this season.


HEAD COACH

Leicester’s Head Coach Rob Paternostro is arguably one of the best coaches in the BBL. The success he has enjoyed over the last five seasons has been unprecedented. Not only has Paternostro helped Riders win nine trophies over the course of five years, but he hasn’t let Riders finish lower than fourth place during the same stretch. Coach Rob’s consistent excellence in the BBL was recognised when he won Coach of the Year honours last season.


LAST TIME OUT

Bristol Flyers were left still searching for their first victory over Leicester Riders after falling to a 77-82 defeat at the WISE Arena in December.


LAST SEASON

Riders finished last year with a record of 27-6 and had one of the most successful seasons in BBL history. The Leicester-based team secured the triple crown, by winning the league, the Play-Offs and the Cup.


WHAT THEY SAY


ONE TO WATCH

#55 JR Holder

Jairus Holder, Riders’ 6’7 forward, will be a handful in this Saturday’s contest. The American comes into the game leading the Riders offensively, by averaging 16.4 points per game.

Not only is Holder in the top 15 in points per game this season, but he is shooting 62% from the field. Holder’s efficiently allows him to dominate offensively, without taking Leicester out of their game plan.  

Leicester are also leading the league in bench points scored with over 30 per game. This can cause headaches for opposing coaches, as Riders’ bench unit can protect or even add to a lead with relatively ease. 

To secure the win away from home, Coach K may have to look at a way to quell the Riders’ bench contributions.


DID YOU KNOW?

Leicester Riders have the best defence in the league, allowing only 74.3 points per game.


WATCH LIVE

Friday's game will be FREE to watch WORLDWIDE via the UNILAD Sport Facebook page.