Play might be unpredictable but not results
Rob Paternostro reckons his Leicester Riders side's unpredictability has been key to their success this season.
One thing that has been predictable, though, has been the outcome of their games, with Friday's 90-74 success at London Lions stretching their unbeaten start to the campaign to eight games and booking them a BBL Cup semi-final berth.
"I thought we controlled most of the game, we were very balanced scoring-wise and our ball movement was excellent," said Paternostro.
"We rebounded the ball very well, which we have done an excellent job of since John (Fraley) got hurt. What I liked is our guards rebounded really well too.
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"We feel really good at the moment because we think we are not very predictable for opponents. We have many ways to beat you and the guys feel pretty good about that."
Great Britain captain Drew Sullivan continued his fine form for the Jelson Homes DMU-sponsored Riders, coming within three assists of a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
"I don't even need to look at the stats sheet to know the impact he had on the game," said Paternostro.
"He's done whatever it takes for us, he plays in the backcourt, he plays in the frontcourt, he can play anywhere on the floor.
"I think all the guys understand what a comfort level he brings to us just by having him out there."
Riders led from start to finish but, despite racing into a 26-13 lead after only seven-and-a-half minutes, it took until early in the quarter for them to finally see off the Lions.
Two three-pointers from Zaire Taylor highlighted a 17-4 spell that saw Leicester comfortably home.
"Our turnovers were a factor, they were scoring off our mistakes," added Paternostro.
"Our defence is pretty good when we get set up, but they were able to capitalise on our turnovers.
"If we'd taken care of the ball we might have been able to put them away earlier, but in the second half they gave us a few open looks and Zaire knocked them down.
"I thought he played very well, not only scoring but with the steals and his overall defence."
While Riders were relatively comfortable in London, Sheffield enjoyed a dramatic 72-71 win over Glasgow to set-up a two-legged semi-final meeting with Leicester.
"We seem to play them a lot in these big knock-out games," said Paternostro.
"They have some veteran players who have won trophies, so I'm not surprised that they were able to win a game like that.
"It will be another challenge for us, when you get to a semi-final you know you are going to play against a team that deserves to be there and it is going to take another big effort from us if we want to get past them."
Lions: Jackman 24, James 16, Martin 9, Pedroso 8, Ogedengbe 8, Sturt 4, Spencer 3, Wait 2, Lawman, Lawson, Irish.
Riders: Couisnard 18, Taylor 17, Sullivan 16, Calvo 5, Lamble 5, Williams 4, Anderson 2, Haggith, Cope, Washington, Maynard.