Leicester coach Rob Paternostro wasn’t expecting things to be easy in their quest for silverware, as they dropped out of another competition at the weekend.
The much-fancied Riders lost out after a titanic battle against the Newcastle Eagles over two legs in the BBL Cup semi-finals, leaving them with just the BBL Championship, and the end of the season play-offs, to concentrate on.
Some believed that Paternostro’s strong squad could march their way through the season, but that cup defeat, as well as a heavy championship loss at the hands of Plymouth on Sunday, shows there is plenty of work still to do.
Paternostro told the club’s official website: “I think that we have to understand that we need to sharpen up on a bunch of things, especially on the offensive end and continue to give the effort defensively and we’ll be fine.
“I said that this was a tough weekend for us no doubt but we’ve got a squad of good players and intelligent players and this week at practice is very important to how we play.”
“This is a tough league with some tough road games and some good teams. I never expected this group to roll through this BBL season.”
The Riders host Durham Wildcats in the championship on Saturday, before enjoying an 18 day break until a festive clash at Worcester Wolves.