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- FT: Sheffield Sharks 69-77 Leicester Riders
As they approach the game with second-placed Sheffield, the Riders have announced changes to their roster for the remainder of the season.
They have brought in 6’8” forward Tim Williams, who has played in Poland and Finland since leaving the University of New Mexico, where he averaged 17.4 points and 7.2 rebounds in his senior year.
"He's always put up points - consistently in college and his first year as a pro," said Riders coach Rob Paternostro. "But when you watch his games you really like his intelligence and feel for the game."
The 25-year-old arrives as the revolving door swings the other way for TrayVonn Wright, who has played on and off for the Riders for the past five seasons, averaging 11.9 points per game.
"This season's been unfortunate for him - he was injured right off the bat," said Paternostro. "But we love TrayVonn, he's a guy who's been good on and off the court for us."
During that time, Wright has won the BBL Championship twice with the Riders and was named Play-offs MVP last season after the Riders beat London Lions in the Final.
Wayne Martin, whose short-term contract has ended, has also left the Riders after averaging 9.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Tonight's BBL Championship clash between Bristol Flyers and Surrey Scorchers has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions. The game will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
Former Great Britain coach Tony Garbelotto has been named interim head coach of BBL bottom-of-the-table club Worcester Wolves while head coach Ty Shaw recovers from a recent health scare.
Shaw was taken ill at half-time in the Wolves’ game at Sheffield and assistant Dean Blake, who took over from Shaw, has stepped away from basketball duties with a baby die to arrive imminently.
Garbelotto has coached Newcastle, Birmingham, Everton Tigers and most recently Glasgow in the BBL and was coach of Great Britain for two games before leaving in the middle of the team’s World Cup qualification campaign.
"Tony has a proven track record at all levels as an excellent coach,” said Wolves Managing Director Mich Donovan. “His appointment sends out a clear message that we are still fighting to win every game.”
“I’m excited about joining the Worcester organisation,” said Garbelotto. “Although the club has struggled with results, there’s a huge amount of talent and high level players on the roster.”
Garbelotto’s first two games come this weekend at home to Newcastle on Friday, followed by Sunday’s visit to the Manchester Giants.Copyright: British Basketball
Reigning Champions Leicester Riders travel to Sheffield Sharks with just two points separating both sides in the table.
Leicester will hope to bounce back from last week's defeat to Glasgow Rocks and leapfrog their opponent into second place with a victory on Friday night.
Whilst the Riders sit behind the Sharks heading into this fixture, they can take some comfort in having six games in hand on their opponents after starting their campaign late to take part in a European competition.
Sheffield have made a disappointing start to 2019, with just one victory in their last six games since the new year and will hope to take the initiative in their head-to-head record against their Championship rivals Leicester coming towards the business end of the season, both sides having won one game each in their previous meetings.
The Sharks held off a late surge from Leicester to win by a single point at the Morningside Arena before the Riders comfortably won the return fixture in Sheffield.Copyright: British Basketball
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