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Rob Paternostro named February’s BBL Coach of the Month

Just days after guiding Leicester Riders to their first silverware of the season, Rob Paternostro has been crowned Molten BBL Coach of the Month for February.

The play-caller presided over his team’s exciting and historic 85-77 success over Esh Group Eagles Newcastle in the BBL Trophy Final in Glasgow last Saturday, as Riders won the competition for the very first time – having lost in the previous four Finals.

The victory came off the back of their only blip during the period, when they went down 77-57 at home to Glasgow Rocks, in a contest which Paternostro missed due to the birth of his second child.

A frontrunner for the BBL Championship title along with their arch rivals from the North-East, Riders started February with a pair of league wins on their travels.

They firstly despatched Cheshire Phoenix 91-76 and followed that up with a 66-55 triumph at Bristol Flyers.

The next task was to try and punch their ticket for the BBL Trophy Final as Paternostro initially watched his team take a rare draw in the first leg on home soil, as they finished locked 79-79 against Sheffield Sharks.

But, they finished the job on the road as they completed a hard fought 74-70 victory in the second leg to ensure they would take their place at the Emirates Arena.

Paternostro fought off stiff competition for the accolade from Matt Newby of Leeds Force, who masterminded three wins from four games for the Play-Off hopefuls.

Meanwhile Fab Flournoy and the Eagles only lost once in their six games and had won five straight in the month prior to falling to Paternostro and Riders in the Trophy Final.

Source: BBL
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