Wayward shooting cost Leicester Riders - Paternostro

Leicester Riders coach Rob Paternostro said his side's wayward shooting cost them in Saturday's BBL play-off final defeat against Newcastle.

Riders stormed into an early lead but Newcastle's big-game experience saw them win to add the play-off title to the league, Trophy and Cup success.

Paternostro told BBC Radio Leicester: "Six for 20 from the free-throw line will not get it done. That's what hurt.

"I was happy with our defence. But we could have shot the ball better."

Paternostro added: "Effort-wise it was there all game. I knew we would play hard and compete and sometimes the shots just don't go down.

"It was a two teams that knew each other very well which is why it was a defensive game. Both teams played great defence.

"You have to give them credit because if it's a high-scoring game, or a low-scoring game, Newcastle figure out a way of getting it done and that's why these guys continue to come back to that team. The continuity that they have shone through.

"It's disappointing because we feel we had a good chance to win."

But Paternostro was proud of his his team's acheivement in reaching the play-off final on the back of their best BBL season.

"When we take some time to look back it's been incredible," he said. "Not just for the records we have set and how well we have played, but because of the relationships we have made as a group and how we have connected with the fans."

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