Leicester Riders set for BBL play-off campaign

Rob Paternostro
Paternostro side's finished eighth in the BBL this season

Leicester Riders begin their BBL play-off campaign with a two-legged quarter-final against Mersey Tigers.

Saturday's home leg is at the John Sandford Centre (1930 BST).

There has been a switch of venue for the return leg, which will now take place at the John Amaechi Centre in Manchester on Sunday (1900 BST).

"The switch dilutes Mersey's home advantage a little, so we won't be complaining," said Riders' head coach Rob Paternostro.

"A little later start on a Sunday is no bad thing, to aid recovery.

"At this stage of the season every club is nursing injuries, so even a couple of extra hours between games can be helpful.

"Our focus this week is getting our guys fit, particularly J R Blount, who is really banged up.

"Then come the weekend it will be all about who perform on each night."

League winners Mersey have played most of their games at the Echo Arena in Liverpool this season but have been caught up in severe fixture congestion over the last few weeks.

A statement on the Mersey Tigers website said: "Due to the unavailability of the arena for a suitable play-off date, the champions will travel down the M62 as they start their defence of the play-off trophy."