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BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 4-0 
 2. Leicester R. 3-0 
 3. London Lions 3-1 
 4. Sheffield S. 3-1 
 5. Surrey S. 3-2 
 6. Bristol AF 1-1 
 7. Cheshire P. 1-1 
 8. Glasgow Rocks 1-2 
 9. Plymouth R. 1-3 
 10. Worcester W. 0-2 
 11. Manchester G. 0-3 
 12. Leeds Force 0-4 
Full Standings
NBL D1 Standings
 1. Manchester M. 2-0 
 2. Reading R. 2-0 
 3. Northumbria 1-0 
 4. Solent K. 1-1 
 5. Kent C. 1-1 
 6. Loughborough 1-1 
 7. Team Newcastle U. 1-1 
 8. Bradford D. 1-1 
 9. Derby T. 1-1 
 10. Worthing T. 1-1 
 11. London Lituanica 0-0 
 12. Hemel Storm 0-1 
 13. Lancashire S 0-2 
 14. Leicester W. 0-2 
Full Standings
NBL D2 Standings
 1. Birmingham E. 0-0 
 2. Derbyshire A. 0-0 
 3. Essex L. 0-0 
 4. Ipswich T. 0-0 
 5. Liverpool 0-0 
 6. London GP 0-0 
 7. London W. 0-0 
 8. Middlesex LTBC 0-0 
 9. Nottingham H. 0-0 
 10. Sussex B. 0-0 
 11. Thames Valley C. 0-0 
 12. Westminster W. 0-0 
NBL D3 Standings
 1. Birmingham M. 0-0 
 2. Chester 0-0 
 3. Coventry T. 0-0 
 4. Danum E. 0-0 
 5. Loughborough 2 0-0 
 6. Manchester G. 2 0-0 
 7. Myerscough 0-0 
 8. Sheffield S. 2 0-0 
 9. Stoke-on-Trent K. 0-0 
 10. Sunderland 0-0 
 11. Wolverhampton 0-0 
 12. Worcester W.2 0-0 
 1. Cardiff City 0-0 
 2. Cardiff MA 0-0 
 3. East London 0-0 
 4. Essex B. 0-0 
 5. Greenwich T. 0-0 
 6. London Pride 0-0 
 7. Northants T. 0-0 
 8. Oxford 0-0 
 9. Solent II 0-0 
 10. Swindon 0-0 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jaysean PAIGE
  Avg: 24
 1. Paige, Newcastl.24.0 
 2. Watson, Plymouth.23.8 
 3. Penn, Plymouth R.23.0 
 4. Nimley, Newcastle E.22.8 
 5. Sandoval, Cheshire.21.5 
 6. Beamon, Worceste.20.0 
 7. Flannigan, London L.19.5 
 8. Parrish, Worceste.19.0 
 9. Kadiri, Manchest.18.0 
 10. Palmer, Worceste.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel EDOZIE
  Bristol AF
  Avg: 11
 1. Edozie, Bristol AF11.0 
 2. May-Thompson, Cheshire.9.5 
 3. Wroblicky, Sheffiel.9.3 
 4. Kadiri, Manchest.9.0 
 5. Penn, Plymouth R.8.7 
 6. Wells, Plymouth R.7.8 
 7. Billups, Glasgow .7.7 
 8. Nzenge, Leeds Force7.5 
 9. Jackman, Cheshire.7.5 
 10. Gettys, Cheshire P.7.5 
Assists Per Game
  London L.
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Robinson, London L.7.8 
 2. Watson, Plymouth.6.8 
 3. Paige, Newcastl.6.5 
 4. Lanegger, London L.6.0 
 5. McKnight, Sheffiel.5.3 
 6. Jones, Manchest.5.3 
 7. Nimley, Newcastle E.5.0 
 8. Dusha, Worceste.5.0 
 9. Bunyan, Glasgow .4.7 
 10. Childress, Leeds F.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew LASKER
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Lasker, Newcastl.3.7 
 2. Riley, Cheshire P.3.0 
 3. Paige, Newcastl.3.0 
 4. Jukic, Newcastl.3.0 
 5. Robinson, London L.3.0 
 6. Childress, Leeds F.2.8 
 7. Harrison, Glasgow .2.3 
 8. McKnight, Sheffiel.2.0 
 9. Sandoval, Cheshire.2.0 
 10. Beamon, Worceste.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2
 1. May-Thompson, Cheshire.2.0 
 2. Williams, Sheffiel.1.8 
 3. Nix, Leeds Force1.7 
 4. Jukic, Newcastl.1.5 
 5. Kadiri, Manchest.1.3 
 6. Thomson, Leiceste.1.3 
 7. Hampton, Leiceste.1.3 
 8. Rettig, Manchest.1.3 
 9. Brown, Glasgow .1.3 
 10. Costelloe, Plymouth.1.0 

Next Round Schedule

Round 4 (Regular Season)

Glasgow Rock 92% Oct.22 Manchester G
Cheshire P. Oct.22 London Lions 58%
Leicester R 87% Oct.20 Glasgow Rock
Newcastle E 99% Oct.20 Worcester W
Sheffield S 67% Oct.20 Bristol AF
Next Round Schedule

Round 3 (Regular Season)

Solent K. 58% Oct.22 Team Newcast
Loughborough 94% Oct.21 Lancashire S
Derby T. 56% Oct.21 Kent C.
Worthing T. 95% Oct.21 London Litua
Bradford D. 93% Oct.21 Leicester W
Manchester M 80% Oct.21 Solent K.
Hemel Storm Oct.21 Team Newcast 87%
Downing Points The Way - Aug 21, 2013

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The Leicester Riders were undoubtedly the top team in British Basketball last season as The Club continued their recent building and walked away with three out of four national trophies and came within a basket of making that a clean sweep in the BBL Trophy Final. They had a deep and settled roster and when the season closed Coach Rob Paternostro made no secret of the fact that he wanted to keep the majority of that squad together for the 2013/14 season. But, in basketball the best laid plans arent always possible to see through.

When Paternostro and The Riders realised that guard Zaire Taylor was bound for pastures new they started the search for his replacement. Step forward rookie professional Anthony Downing (185-PG-89, college: Missouri St.). Downing comes off a senior year where he averaged 13.7 pts, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists a game. He led his team as the only senior in scoring, defensive rebounds, minutes played, assists and steals.

In The Missouri Valley Conference his scoring exploits earned him 9th place in the rankings and his 34.3 minutes per game was the second most of all players. Figures which were good enough to get him a Conference Honourable Mention at the end of his college career and send him in to the professional ranks with an impressive resume. EuroBasket caught up with Downing before he jetted off to England to team up with The Riders and sought his views and feelings for the season ahead as a rookie professional.

Welcome To The British Basketball League. Do you know much about the league?

"Thanks for the welcome to the British Basketball League I do not know much about the league besides we, "Leicester Riders", won all there was to win last year."

How did you find out about Leicester's interest in signing you?

"My agency here in America. AMS stands for Allegiance Sports Management located out of Toronto Canada."

How quickly did you make your mind up to sign?

"I made my mind up real quick after talking it over with my agency. They felt this would be a perfect place for me because the type of respect they have for Coach Rob and the league. I trust in them that they put me somewhere to be successful and I believe that's what they did."

Have you spoken with Coach Paternostro?

"Yes, I have spoken with coach quite a few types through Skype and text, we are both excited for season and to get our group of guys in the same gym. We both feel like we have some very talented pieces and want to work together and get team chemistry down."

Does it excite you to be joining such a successful team?

"Yes, I am very excited to join a winning team because you know what to expect out of them. They expect you to win games and bring home hardware and that's what I like to do!"

Do you think it puts extra pressure on you and raises expectations?

"Not at all, I know the guys did good last year, we have most of the pieces coming back which helps so they can show me the ropes and I can catch on and be able to fill the missing spots from the players we had the previous year. I know if I go in and play my game the other things will take care of them self. So I don't put any pressure on myself."

Have you always wanted to be a professional basketball player?

"Yes, growing up I always wanted to play professional ball been my goal since day 1 and I come from a basketball family."

On a personal level you had a stellar season in your senior year at Missouri State?

"My senior year at Missouri State was a rough one win - lose wise. But I wouldn't take it back for anything. It was a group of young guys who were just coming from high school and basically got thrown in the fire. It took them a while to catch on but I never gave up on them and we actually ended up winning 11 games and tied for 6 in our conference which is the Missouri Valley. I lead my team in scoring, assist, steals and rebounds."

What was it like to play in the Missouri Valley Conference and at Missouri State?

"My college experience was great. I loved playing college ball and the excitement it brought to me, my family and Missouri state fans!"

What would you say are your best basketball attributes?

"My best basketball attributes are being a versatile player, I can play Shooting Guard if needed and play the point."

What are you hoping you can bring to Leicester Riders?

"I'm hoping I can bring work ethic and just love for the game. I know our guys work their tails off but I'm hoping I can continue with that attitude and just be a positive influence on our team and our fans."

Downing is clearly a focused young man intent on being a success in the professional ranks and determined to show Riders and Paternostros faith in him is justified as Leicester look to confirm their position as the current leading lights in The BBL.  

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