Basketball: The Sheffield Sharks players that Leicester riders must watch
Leicester Riders are going through a purple patch against the Sheffield Sharks, having won the last nine meetings between the clubs.
Head coach Rob Paternostro, however, will not be taking the Sharks lightly in the BBL Trophy final in Glasgow today.
"We hugely respect the Sharks and, in particular, the way their coach, Atiba Lyons, has turned around a disappointing start to the season," said Paternostro.
"He made changes to their squad in the first half of the season, and has been rewarded with a run of eight wins in the last 12 games. They are in the final because they deserve to be there."
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Paternostro is wary in particular of the experience the Sharks have in key positions.
"Olu Babalola, on his day, is one of the best players in the BBL," he said.
"He is 6ft 7in, handles the ball extremely well for a big man, and is a big-game player. His record speaks for itself, with loads of championships, playoff wins, and cup medals. He is a guy we need to contain, because we won't stop him."
"Canadian Mike Tuck is another very experienced player who scores easily and puts himself about on the boards. He is extremely consistent averaging 13 points and nine rebounds a game, so he is tough to keep out of the game."
"And I like their new guys – BJ Holmes at point guard, and centre Demetrius Jemison. They are new to the BBL, but have been very solid."
Riders' players may not have the medals to match the Sharks, but they have players in form.
American guard Zaire Taylor was instrumental in Riders' big win over Worcester in the semi-finals and has pushed up his average to 13 points and four assists a game, while shooting a superb 52 per cent from the floor.
Slovakian Pavol Losonsky is also in a rich vein of form, averaging 15 points and seven rebounds a game.
Add in the play of Drew Sullivan, who has been Mr Consistency all season for Riders, and they should not be lacking firepower.
Paternostro does not like to single out any player. He said: "Our strength this season has been the length of our bench.
"We have got guys who can do different things in different games. We have multiple weapons."