Leicester Riders go into their final game of a triumphant 2013, against the Rocks on Sunday in the Phoenix Kia Holiday Fixture, riding a six-game winning streak.
The latest team to fall to Rob Paternostro’s reigning champions was Plymouth University Raiders, who were undone by one of their former stars Anthony Rowe.
Paternostro singled out Rowe for special praise after that game, highlighting his personal qualities as much as his physical prowess, and it is such strengths that have Riders so well-placed going into year’s end.
He said: “It was a good win for us at Plymouth, I thought our ball movement was excellent and our guys are playing with a good rhythm at the moment.
“I thought Anthony Rowe was fantastic at Plymouth, he was very active on both ends of the floor but he also continues to be a great leader for this team, his consistency as a person is what leadership is all about.”
The BBL is beginning to see what the Rocks are all about too, as they have won five of their last six after and up and down start.
“Glasgow are playing very well,” added Paternostro.
“We know they are a good team and are playing with a lot of confidence right now.
“They are a veteran group who understand how to get things done in this league.”
Last time they met:
Leicester Riders 81 Glasgow Rocks 72 after overtime (BBL Championships, John Sandford Centre, 26/10/2013)
What they say:
Rocks coach Sterling Davis: “Our main concern is keeping our consistency in how we play. When we stay within what we aim to do, including our defensive intensity, we are a pretty good team.
“It will not be a high-scoring game but will be about which team will withstand the challenges posed throughout the game.”
Riders guard Anthony Downing: “I think the momentum Glasgow have built is good and we know they will come into this game with their heads up high and try and get a win but we have to go there with the correct attitude and be ready for a tough match.”