Leicester Riders remain on target for home play-off boost

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Leicester Riders coach Rob Paternostro was delighted after seeing his side all but secure a home play-off spot with an impressive win over MK Lions.

Riders eased to an 88-71 home victory on Saturday - their 16th BBL Championship win this season.

Paternostro told BBC Radio Leicester: "The guys played for each other at both ends. They are a talented team, but we took away a lot of their strengths."

Riders remain fourth in the table which will guarantee a home quarter-final.

They are eight points clear of fifth-placed Glasgow Rocks, who only have five games left.

Paternostro's side have five home games left out of eight fixtures in the regular season, starting with the visit of Worcester Wolves on Friday.

And the Leicester coach is relishing their run-in even though it will mean playing two games a week until the season ends on 21 April.

"We are looking forward to it," he added.

"As a player you like playing - not so much back-to-back games, but when you have two or three days in between games you get a nice rhythm.

"I like the way our schedule lines up the rest of the way. We are getting comfortable, not just playing here but winning here."

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