Rob Paternostro of the
Leicester Riders has been voted by his friends throughout the league because the Molten Ed
Percival BBL Coach of the Year for 2021-22, after Riders accomplished a dominant
BBL Championship title defence and secured a double with the BBL Cup. They are
additionally at present in preparations to contest the BBL Play-off Final at The O2
Arena this Sunday, in entrance of a file crowd of over 16,500 and stay on Sky
Connecticut native wins this accolade for a seventh time, and the second yr
in a row, having already damaged the file final season and now two away from the
late Kevin Cadle and Fabulous Flournoy MBE in that regard.
Defending their league
title from the behind-closed-doors 2020-21 season, and with quite a few different
groups beneath them getting stronger in what was in any other case a extremely aggressive
marketing campaign, Paternostro’s Leicester had been head-and-shoulders above anybody else
with a 25-2 common season file seeing them win the BBL Championship by a
file margin, eight wins away from their nearest rivals. They asserted
themselves instantly by successful their opening 12 video games, additionally successful the final
9 to wrap it up and now 4 straight within the post-season.
In his fourteenth season
on the side-lines with the membership, Riders have now received 5 of the final six BBL
Championship titles, with this being a sixth general having first received it in
2012-13. They at the moment are as much as 18 trophies in whole within the BBL period, behind solely
Newcastle Eagles, with all however two of these coming within the final decade beneath
Paternostro’s stewardship. With exceptional consistency, they’ve completed
outdoors the highest two simply as soon as since 2012.
Perhaps as vital
because the league title, after topping the BBL Cup South Group within the early a part of
the marketing campaign, Riders went on to raise the season’s first piece of silverware by
beating Manchester Giants 83-69 on the Utilita Arena, Birmingham, in entrance of a
file crowd of over 10,000 stay on Sky Sports in January. Significant as a result of,
regardless of their success of the final decade, the BBL Cup had eluded Paternostro
since 2014, having received ten trophies in all and every of the opposite competitions
on not less than three events since they’d final lifted the BBL Cup.
For solely the third time
in BBL historical past his workforce has led the league in each scoring – going by a
century in 13 video games thus far this season – and factors conceded, with that being
the primary time a workforce has performed so in practically 20 years, because the Brighton Bears
of 2003/04 coached by NBA Champion Head Coach Nick Nurse of the Toronto
Raptors. Leicester’s common successful margin, of 19 factors, was the second
largest in BBL historical past and the largest for 30 years, trailing solely the 1991/92
Kingston Kings of Kevin Cadle.
Much of that consistency
is a results of Coach Paternostro returning the core of his championship successful
workforce from final season, together with the essential reacquisition of level guard Geno
Crandall and captain Darien Nelson-Henry, alongside Great Britain worldwide
stalwart Conner Washington and the return of Mo Walker to full health.
Six gamers averaged in
double-figure scoring for Riders, led by Patrick Whelan’s 15 factors per recreation,
as one of many few new signings supplementing Paternostro’s core – Whelan proved
to be an astute addition as this week he was nominated to each the Molten BBL
Team of the Year and the Molten BBL British Team of the Year. His two bigs,
Nelson-Henry and Walker, had been first and fourth respectively amongst all BBL
gamers in area aim share, Whelan was third in three-point capturing, and
Crandall was fourth in assists.
Leicester now face maybe their largest problem of the marketing campaign as this
weekend they journey to The O2 Arena to face the London Lions within the BBL
Play-off Final, stay on Sky Sports Arena and YouTube, tipping-off at 16:15.