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Leicester Riders to face Plymouth in play-off semi-finals

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Leicester Riders will travel to Plymouth Raiders in the first leg of the BBL Championship Play-off semi-finals on Friday night (7:30pm). The return leg will be at the Riders' alternative venue, Loughborough University, on Sunday afternoon (4pm) and will feature on Sky TV. Plymouth, who finished in sixth place in the regular season, made it through at the expense of third-placed Glasgow Rocks, impressively winning both legs of their quarter-final by 20 points on aggregate. In the other match on Monday night, last year's play-off winners Newcastle overcame BBL Trophy winners Sheffield Sharks, winning both legs, and will play Surrey Heat in the other semi-final. The Jelson Homes DMU backed Riders have played Raiders three times this season, with the three games going with home advantage. Plymouth inflicted one of only five defeats on Leicester this season in all competitions on December 16 winning 86-82, while Riders won the two games in Leicester 83-80 on November 10 and 78-66 on March 17. Riders head coach Rob Paternostro said about the draw: "At this stage, there are only very good teams left in the play-offs, and the Raiders are full of quality and experience, and fully deserve to be there. "We know they will have confidence because their home court is very tough to play, with a big, noisy crowd, and particularly after a long coach trip. "They also will have confidence having beaten us there already once this season. They handled a very good Glasgow Rocks side pretty impressively in the quarters, so you have to respect that."

Leicester Riders to face Plymouth in play-off semi-finals


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