Basketball: Leicester Riders' run is making history
Leicester Riders have become only the fifth team in BBL history to go an entire calendar year unbeaten at home.
That record came with Saturday night's 84-59 victory against Manchester Giants at the John Sandford Centre.
The Jelson Homes DMU-backed Riders last tasted defeat in front of their own fans on February 25 in 2012. With no more home games this month, they are guaranteed to complete the 12-month streak without losing a game.
In terms of consecutive wins, Leicester are now equal third on the BBL's all-time list, matching Worthing Bears' effort of 1992-93.
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Riders will have the opportunity to move past the Bears, both in terms of wins and time, when they host Worcester Wolves in the BBL Trophy semi-final second leg at the John Sandford Centre a week on Saturday.
The victory against the Giants was their 23rd home win in a row, already twice as long as the club's previous best mark of 11 consecutive wins.
As well as holding the current record, coach Rob Paternostro was also at the helm during the equal second and equal fourth-longest number of consecutive home wins.
The season is shaping up quite nicely for Riders.
As well as the Trophy semi-final, they currently sit top of the BBL Championship and already have the BBL Cup in the trophy cabinet after beating Newcastle Eagles last month.
Riders general manager Russell Levenston said: "It is a tremendous achievement by Rob and the players to go a whole calendar year unbeaten at home.
"It shows the winning mentality that has been instilled and the work that has been done, not just this season but in past seasons.
"Of course, our great home support also undoubtedly helps the players, and the crowd does play its part."
Sheffield's 27-game, 13 month-long winning run in 2002-03 is second on the BBL list, but there is still a long way to go for Riders to threaten the all-time BBL record.
Kingston Bears won 35 domestic consecutive home games during a two-year spell between December 1989 and December 1991.
However, they did lose several European ties during that time.