Rob Paternostro named March’s BBL Coach of the Month

Rob Paternostro has sealed successive Molten BBL Coach of the Month awards after scooping the accolade in recognition of an incredible unbeaten period for his Leicester Riders side.

Having won the gong for February in the wake of an historic first ever BBL Trophy Final triumph, Riders have continued their stellar work and put themselves in the box-seat to land the BBL Championship title after completing an astonishing eight wins during March.

Paternostro has presided over Riders winning twice as many games as as any other club in the league, and they did so with an average winning margin of almost 17 points per game.

Riders started the month with a pair of comfortable home victories at the Leicester Community Sports Arena, by firstly beating Scorchers 91-74 and following it up with a 91-69 success against Manchester Giants.

With Great Britain favourite Drew Sullivan and the high-flying TrayVonn Wright both in great form, Riders then hit the road to take down Cheshire Phoenix 89-82 and then picked up their best triumph of the campaign by beating arch rivals and defending champions Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 80-64 at Sport Central.

Riders also showed further good signs of being potential champions in waiting by digging out tight and nail-biting wins against London Lions when they scraped home 77-76, prior to a late comeback at Surrey Scorchers as they dodged a bullet to win 85-62.

It was the defence which then came to the fore as they completed a one-sided 90-52 win against Bristol Flyers, which saw them hold a team to 52 points or fewer – four more times this season than the rest of the BBL combined. They then wrapped up a magnificent March with a crushing 92-61 defeat of Scorchers at home.

Paternostro fought off competition from Sterling Davis for the award after the play-caller continued to revive Glasgow Rocks’ season during March with four wins from five games.

Source: BBL
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