DELIGHT: Ecstatic fans cheer the team
DMU Leicester Riders are celebrating a terrific treble of titles after winning the BBL play-offs at a packed Wembley Arena.
Yesterday's victory over the Newcastle Eagles crowns an amazing year for the team which won the BBL Cup and the BBL Championship trophies earlier in the season.
“This has been a dream season,” said head coach Rob Paternostro. "If you can win one trophy in this league it's great. I think a lot of times people can get carried away. This is a tough, tough league.
"Of course, any trophies are good, we don't look at it that way. We don't say we are going to win trophies, we say just know we are going to play as hard as we can and we are going to compete for the whole 40 minutes.
"That is what I said to the guys in the locker room– no matter what happens, the ups and downs throughout the game, just keep going.
"I thought we dominated the game from start to finish."
Newcastle’s 57 points was the lowest ever score in a BBL play-off final. The Eagles made 35 per cent of their shots against the Riders’ defence. The Riders dominated the game and were only behind for 47 seconds during the entire match.
More than 1,000 DMU Leicester Riders fans travelled to London to cheer on the team.
"Wherever we go, they follow and it felt really good when I walked out on to the floor, I turned round and saw all that red behind us – that was a great feeling,” said Rob. "They give us energy throughout the game, and yesterday was just no different."
He said his team will always have a special place in his heart.
“I am so proud of these guys,” said Rob. “This season where, even though we had 43 wins, I pushed these guys. I felt it was my responsibility to keep pushing them because we deserve this.
"Not only are they a team that I will remember forever for basketball, but the relationships we have as a group, I will never forget those. These guys are like family to me."
This year has been the most successful ever campaign for the DMU Leicester Riders who won three out of the four domestic titles this season. The team plays at the John Sandford Centre in the DMU campus.
Picture: Ville Vuorinen
Posted on Monday 29th April 2013