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Riders coach Rob Paternostro up for road-trip test

Rob Paternostro
We have good momentum. We feel good about the way we have played in the last five or six weeks

Rob Paternostro

Leicester Riders coach Rob Paternostro says his in-form side must rise to the challenge of a series of away matches - starting with Plymouth on Friday night.

Riders have won five BBL matches on the spin and lie fourth in the table.

But after the gruelling trip to the south west, Paternostro's men host third-placed Glasgow Rocks on Saturday.

"We've had a lot of home games recently but now the schedule gets a little more difficult and it will be a good test," Paternostro told BBC Radio Leicester.

"We have taken advantage of the schedule and that's what you need to do in this league - take advantage when the schedule is favourable."

But although Leicester look well placed, only six points separate Riders in fourth from Worthing Thunder in eighth spot.

Paternostro knows that if they are to secure a home play-off place then their road form will come under close scrutiny as five of their last eight matches are on their travels.

And Paternostro believes Plymouth Raiders, who Riders edged out 94-93 at the John Sandford Centre last month thanks to a last-gasp Tony Windless basket, will provide tough opposition on Friday.

"That was a tough game," he said. "They are difficult team to match up with. They have a lot of size; most teams will have difficulty going to Plymouth and getting a win.

"But our guys feel pretty fresh and it's a challenge we are ready for. We have good momentum right now. We feel good about the way we have played in the last five or six weeks."

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