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Rob's record-breakers are on a roll

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Leicester Riders celebrated their 45th anniversary in 2012 and such has been the club's success, the history books will probably need several chapters to fit in the records they have broken.

Rob Paternostro wiped out virtually every coaching record to become the most successful play-caller in the club's history.

In January, he became the first boss to record a 50th home win, a 10-point victory over Sheffield Sharks seeing him reach the landmark.

Riders' home form this year has been phenomenal. They have not been beaten at John Sandford or Loughborough University since the end of February, a run of 14 consecutive successes that is their best run in front of their home fans.

So it is no surprise that the Riders are in the running for team of the year at the 2012 Leicester Mercury Sports Awards, while Rob Paternostro is a candidate for coach of the year.

They finished the 2011/12 season as league runners-up, their highest position in the top division. They maintained that form to reach the play-off final for only the second time.

The league record was their best in the top flight as they won more than 20 games for the third time in Paternostro's reign.

The campaign ended in heartbreak with defeat in the final to Newcastle, but Paternostro spoke of his pride in the Riders' achievement.

"What I'm so proud of is the relationships we have built in the locker room," he said. "I told them before the game, that 30 years from now you'll remember the relationships you had with the guys.

"As a family club, relations with the guys and the fans this year was something special. Our guys have been brilliant with the fans and the fans have been brilliant with the guys."

Two games into the new season, Riders recorded an 80-72 success over Cheshire Jets which saw Paternostro reach three notable landmarks – a 100th win, a 50th home league victory and a record-equalling 11th consecutive home win.

A week later, they claimed a 12th home win in a row, then matched their best start to a BBL Championship campaign with a fifth straight league win.

In their next outing they won in Newcastle for the first time since 1997. Riders followed that up with another victory over the Jets to post a 7-0 league record and match the club's best start to a top-flight campaign, a mark that had stood since 1984.

Leicester currently sit top of the BBL as the only unbeaten team in the league and have also claimed a semi-final berth in the cup. Only some silverware is missing, but given how well they have begun the new campaign, 2013 may be the year they fill that gap.

To nominate an athlete or team for the Leicester Mercury Sports Awards, complete the form which will appear in the paper during the coming weeks, or visit:

www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk

Rob's record-breakers are on  a roll


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