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BBL Standings
 1. Leicester R. 27-6 
 2. Newcastle E. 23-10 
 3. Glasgow Rocks 21-12 
 4. Sheffield S. 20-13 
 5. Worcester W. 20-13 
 6. London Lions 18-15 
 7. Bristol AF 16-17 
 8. Surrey S. 15-18 
 9. Plymouth R. 14-19 
 10. Cheshire P. 11-22 
 11. Leeds Force 8-26 
 12. Manchester G. 5-28 
NBL D1 Standings
 1. Northumbria 23-3 
 2. Manchester M. 21-5 
 3. Reading R. 20-6 
 4. Derby T. 16-10 
 5. Loughborough 15-11 
 6. Solent K. 15-11 
 7. Bradford D. 14-12 
 8. Hemel Storm 13-13 
 9. Leicester W. 11-15 
 10. London Lituanica 11-15 
 11. Lancashire S 7-19 
 12. Worthing T. 7-19 
 13. Essex L. 6-20 
 14. Westminster W. 2-24 
NBL D2 Standings
 1. Kent C. 19-3 
 2. Team Newcastle U. 19-3 
 3. Thames Valley C. 18-4 
 4. Ipswich T. 12-10 
 5. London W. 11-11 
 6. Nottingham H. 10-12 
 7. Tees Valley M. 9-13 
 8. Derbyshire A. 8-14 
 9. London GP 8-14 
 10. Liverpool 7-15 
 11. Doncaster DE 6-16 
 12. Newham N. 5-17 
NBL D3 Standings
 1. Team Birmingham 17-3 
 2. Charnwood R. 16-4 
 3. Chester 16-4 
 4. Stoke-on-Trent K. 14-5 
 5. Birmingham M. 11-9 
 6. Myerscough 9-11 
 7. Worcester W.2 9-11 
 8. Sheffield S. 2 8-12 
 9. Coventry T. 7-13 
 10. Mansfield G. 2-18 
 11. Sefton Stars 0-19 
 1. Middlesex LTBC 15-3 
 2. Sussex B. 13-5 
 3. Solent 12-5 
 4. Brunel 11-7 
 5. Cardiff MA 10-8 
 6. Southwark P. 9-8 
 7. Greenwich T. 8-10 
 8. Northants T. 5-13 
 9. Oxford 5-13 
 10. Thames Valley C. 2 1-17 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 21
 1. DiNunno, Cheshire.21.0 
 2. Fletcher, Newcastl.20.8 
 3. Sanders, Leeds F.19.3 
 4. Dixon, Plymouth R.18.9 
 5. Hassan, London L.18.6 
 6. Brown, Cheshire P.18.3 
 7. Grady, Plymouth R.18.2 
 8. Walker, Worceste.18.0 
 9. Parks, Newcastl.17.5 
 10. Cosby, Bristol AF17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice WALKER
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Walker, Worceste.9.5 
 2. Wroblicky, Sheffiel.8.8 
 3. Hassan, London L.8.5 
 4. Marsden, Leeds F.8.3 
 5. Brown, Cheshire P.8.1 
 6. Williams, Surrey S.8.0 
 7. Achara, Glasgow .7.9 
 8. King, Leicester R.7.8 
 9. Rollins, Surrey S.7.7 
 10. Grady, Plymouth R.7.7 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Fletcher, Newcastl.6.7 
 2. Taylor, London L.6.2 
 3. Klassen, Worceste.6.2 
 4. Wilcher, Cheshire P.6.0 
 5. Clark, Leicester R.5.8 
 6. Davis, Sheffield S.5.6 
 7. Ali, Bristol AF5.6 
 8. Carter, Plymouth.5.3 
 9. DiNunno, Cheshire.5.2 
 10. Sandoval, Leeds F.4.9 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.9
 1. DiNunno, Cheshire.2.9 
 2. Taylor, London L.2.1 
 3. Ali, Bristol AF2.1 
 4. Nicholas, Plymouth R.2.1 
 5. Carter, Plymouth.2.1 
 6. Sandoval, Leeds F.1.9 
 7. Neighbour, Surrey S.1.9 
 8. Anderson, Cheshire.1.9 
 9. Bernardini, Leiceste.1.8 
 10. Kennedy, Worceste.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kieron ACHARA
  Glasgow .
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Achara, Glasgow .1.8 
 2. May-Thompson, Cheshire.1.5 
 3. Webster, Manchest.1.4 
 4. Martin, Newcastl.1.1 
 5. Allen-Jordan, Cheshire.0.9 
 6. Grady, Plymouth R.0.9 
 7. Thomas, Glasgow .0.9 
 8. Smith, Bristol AF0.9 
 9. Dixon, Plymouth R.0.9 
 10. Brown, Cheshire P.0.8 

Paternostro Reflects - May 2, 2013

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Leicester Riders completed a fabulous treble-winning BBL season last Sunday in front of a capacity packed Wembley Arena to lift the Play-Off title and show their season-long supremacy. On the court the team and its players gelled magnificently and responded to their coach's callings throughout the campaign.

That coach is New Yorker Rob Paternostro and in his 5th season at the helm of the Midlands Club he very nearly guided them to the perfect season as three out of the four National titles came their way. The only blot on their landscape was the BBL trophy loss to Sheffield Sharks and even then they made the final and only went down on the last play of the game.

Riders have slowly but surely under Paternostro's guidance improved season upon season and now are deservedly up there as the team all others now have to chase and emulate after an unbelievable year that saw them dominate British basketball.

Understandably after another momentous win and a 5 0 sweep of closest rivals Newcastle Eagles in their season series, Paternostro was a jubilant man.

"I couldn't be more proud of this group. Not just for what they do on the floor but how they've stayed together off the floor. When you win in no matter what sport you play and you win with good people it makes it feel more special."

"I think in September when we saw the first couple of days of practice we knew we had a strong, athletic, talented team but what we didn't know was how they would stay together and how they wouldn't care about personal stats and about minutes. For me as a coach I feel lucky to be able to coach a group like that."

True words as Leicester have proved time and time again they are a team, anyone of a number will lead their scoring on any given night and they've really committed to Paternostro's ethics and defensive principles.

"That's the thing, team defence is huge for us, everyone's committed to it and I think that recruiting in the off season and going in to the season we wanted to make sure that guys were going to be strong at that end of the floor. Offensively some times maybe we had some lapses where we didn't put the ball in the hoop but we didn't get too concerned about that because we knew our defence would keep going."

Personally as previously stated this season and the way his side has played has been something that the coach has been building towards and he's got it so right this campaign.

"Its great. I feel blessed to be in the position. The Club and its management took a chance on me 5 years ago as when I took the job I had never coached before. I love living in Leicester, the fans have been tremendous. But the best part about it is those 12 guys. Not only are we going to remember this as basketball players we're going to remember this as a family."

But, its not just all about the support the coach gets on the court, behind the scene's he's supported by a forward-thinking organisation and their General Manager all of which he paid tribute to.

"My GM/Director and friend Russell Levenston couldn't be here today due to a family illness and I hope this helps the road to recovery. Together we worked so hard last summer to build a team and then there is the office staff. That's the beauty of this position for me as I'm watching it build not only on the court but off the court as well."

"We hope there are big things ahead. I think development is key for us with our Loughborough University programme we've got a lot of young guys coming through. I mean we did what we did today with only two Americans and a bunch of great British players on our team. For Great Britain as a country in basketball its great to see so many British players making such an impact in these big games."

Paternostro also expanded on that comment by considering what a great season it has been for British basketball and the BBL in general.

"When you look back at it after that great full house at the Cup Final in Birmingham in January there's been a lot of momentum. These two teams that played today are high-level talented teams. I think that the league is on the way up and that its obvious to see such good things happening."

"The league has filled all three different venues at different places throughout its entire locations for its finals and that hasn't always happened. You see that and it gives you a good feeling for basketball in general in Britain. We've just got to continue to push and push and push."

"I've been in this league for a long time as a player and now a coach, the same as Fab Flournoy and a lot of other guys behind the scenes and we're committed to it and we all want to continue to see it grow and go from strength to strength."

So, with the season done and dusted and the great prizes and rewards the BBL's Coach of the Year has reaped both for his Club and personally it's first of all a well earned rest and then big plans for this summer.

"I'm going to watch a lot of baseball (Paternostro is a committed Yankees fan) and hopefully play a lot of baseball too although I'm not sure yet where. But seriously we'll enjoy it for a while and then start thinking about next season. The reason why we've been able to continue to grow is because of the work we do in the summer and thats going to continue this summer as well."

"I'm committed to Leicester Riders right now and now were No. 1 we know they'll be coming for us so we have to work hard, probably harder than ever as once you reach the heights you don't want to come down."

"Each year is different and we'll see what everybody's rosters are like. As a Club you don't know what you're going to be able to have and also what other teams are going to be able to have and it's a little different in this league every year. I know one thing, whoever takes the floor for us has to commit to what we do and continue to work hard."

Paternostro is one of the most colourful, realistic, committed and passionate coaches around. He's shown he's a winner and he's shown he knows what it takes to build Championship teams and programmes. There's no doubting that even after the success of this season his hunger for more is more than still there and the rest of the BBL know they have a very hard man to emulate and beat.  

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