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Preview » Leicester Riders v Bristol Flyers

Leicester Riders v Bristol Flyers
BBL Championship
Friday, October 36h 2017
Leicester Community Sports Arena
Tickets available on the door

Bristol Flyers look to claim their first-ever win over the defending champions, Leicester Riders on Friday night (7.30pm).

Everything you need to know on Friday night’s opponents away from home can be found below.


LEICESTER RIDERS

A powerhouse franchise who have regularly landed an array of titles in recent years. Riders retained their league crown last year and completed a glorious treble after lifting the BBL Trophy and also sealing a BBL Play-Off success at the O2 Arena. Riders will be one of the favourites to the win the league this season, and will be out to make it three BBL Championship titles in a row.

HEAD COACH

Rob Paternostro -The American play-caller has created a winning philosophy at the club with nine trophies collected in the past five seasons to become a leading force in the league. Coach Rob always has his team excellently prepared and is as animated and energetic as any play-caller in the league, their defence remains the key in 2017/18


LAST TIME OUT

Bristol Flyers fell at the final hurdle as Leicester Riders came from behind to win 79-65 at the Leicester Community Sports Arena.


LAST SEASON

A memorable treble for a dominant Riders team, capped with triumph at the season-ending Play-Off Final at the O2. An early defeat in the Cup came amongst a slow period in the league, but the Riders soon hit their stride, crushing Plymouth Raiders in the Trophy Final before wrapping up the league title with games to spare.


KEYS TO THE GAME


ONES TO WATCH

The core of the Championship-winning squad returns with Tyler Bernardini, Andy Thomson, Shane Walker and Play-Off Final MVP, Pierre Hampton back to build on last season’s success. Sharpshooting guard Eric Robertson adds depth to the bench along with Harrison Gamble and Josh Ward-Hibbert.


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.


DID YOU KNOW

Bristol Flyers top the BBL form guide having won five of their last six league games, dating back to last season.