“The whole experience has been surreal!”- Seth Wylie on playing with the pros

This summer, Seth Wylie joined the Loughborough Riders, stepping into the NBL D1.

Three months later, he competed against the British Basketball League-leading London Lions and scored his first points in professional basketball. 

“Coach Rob [Paternostro] looked down the bench and pointed in my direction, and I didn’t want to wait for him to change his mind!” said Wylie, reflecting on the build-up to his first minutes in Riders red. 

“I wasn’t even sure if he was pointing at me. I just took my tracksuit off and ran down to the scorers’ table. It was all a blur.

“All I was thinking coming into the game was: ‘I have to play good defence!’ I was looking around and saw Luke Nelson, who played for GB, and I was hoping Conner [Washington] would pick him up! But he told me to guard him, and I wasn’t going to argue!”

Practice makes perfect

Wylie was called up to the Riders’ game-day roster for the first time as the team prepared for the clash against the Lions. In a sliding doors moment, it took him catching fire in his first Riders practice to get the nod. 

“I took part in practice a week before with the first team to make up numbers, and I had a great day. We were running as the scout team ahead of a game against Manchester, and I hit a bunch of threes from the corner. 

“Everything that released from my fingers was going in! I remember Kimbal [Mackenzie] saying: ‘he’s on fire. We’ve got to stop him!’. That boosted my confidence even more, and my shots kept going in. The next week, a day before the London game, I was called up to the team.”

Life at Loughborough

The University’s association with the Riders is an attractive concept for anybody joining Loughborough basketball. 

Players such as Washington and Jamell Anderson have paved the way for British basketball player development pathways, leading to long and successful professional careers. 

“Loughborough has been a blessing to me. The facilities blew me away as soon as I got here. The facilities and education at the University are better than what I would get in a lot of places in America, which is great to see. 

“I was happy just playing for Loughborough when I arrived. In the back of my mind, I thought it would be nice to play for Leicester if I had the opportunity, but in my head that was years down the line. But here I am!”

First pro points

Here he is. Wylie checked into the game against London with 1:48 to go, and found the ball in his hands open in the corner. 

“By the time the ball was in my hands, I was in the zone. I think it had to be that way for the shot to go in. I wasn’t thinking, which was the main thing.

“Before the game, the guys were really supportive. Kimbal said to me, ‘if you get it, shoot it,’ so I shot it!”

The opportunity to practice with the first team and be in a professional environment isn’t lost on Wylie, who is trying to learn every possible lesson from the experience. 

At only 20 years old, he remembers watching the players in the stands in his home city of London as he was growing up. 

“I used to watch Conner play against the Lions at the Copper Box, and now I’m playing with him! Now, it’s a blessing to be able to learn from them. If I could play like anybody on this team in the future, it would be Conner Washington.

“My goal is to soak up the experience and knowledge. Everything happens so quickly at that level, so it’s about slowing the game down in my head, putting it into terms I can understand and learning from them.”

In addition to the players, Wylie has benefitted from coaching at the highest level from Loughborough Head Coach Will Maynard and Riders Head Coach Paternostro. 

“I’ve gained so much confidence from my coaches. Having them believe in me and put me in games that even I wouldn’t have put me in is the first step for me. 

“Hearing their reasoning behind everything they do has opened up a whole new level of understanding. The whole experience has been surreal!”

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Women’s D1 Roster confirmed

Our Division One women’s roster for the 2023/24 season is confirmed.



  • Sasha Lecuyer
  • Grace Roberts
  • Kate Davies
  • Jasmine Graham
  • Anna Trett
  • Rose Bryan
  • Emma Dunsire
  • Lauren Dabbs
  • Eimhear Morris
  • Erin Powell (Charnwood Academy)
  • Emily Taylor (Charnwood Academy)


  • Ellie Sarri
  • Erin Caldwell
  • Daisy Porter
  • Megan Curran (Charnwood Academy graduate)
  • Lauren Cooper (Charnwood Academy)
  • Louise Fisher (Charnwood Academy)
  • Charley Woodman (Charnwood Academy)

Head Coach

Tor Freeman

AU Coaching Opportunities

Loughborough Basketball is offering coaching opportunities to established and aspiring basketball coaches.

Coaching development programme

Loughborough University is excited to offer its Coach Development Programme for aspiring basketball coaches.

The programme provides mentoring, qualifications and coaching experience in a first-class sporting facility.

Apply here!

BUCS Coaching Opportunities

We have coaching roles open for our BUCS programme! We are recruiting five volunteer head coach positions across our Men’s and Women’s programmes.

We’re looking for Head Coaches with previous coaching experience, or a high basketball IQ and strong leadership skills, to run 1-2 sessions per week during term time and approximately 10 games across the season.

Coaches will be integrated into a system where they will receive mentorship from senior staff, and receive the opportunity to mentor novice coaches over the course of the season.

The full job specification is below.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Involvement in running a 2-week pre-season for returning BUCS players
  • Shared responsibility in the selection of players during the trials process
  • Planning and running of two one and a half hour on-court sessions per week during term time
  • Coaching 10 BUCS games over the course of the season, in addition to a cup run of 1-5 games
  • Oppurtunity to attain Level 2 coaching qualifications
  • Long-term potention to attain Level 3 coaching qualification
  • Mentorship from professional coaching staff
  • Development and progression opportunities in the Loughborough performance programme and Leicester Riders programme
  • Coaching attire and coaching supplies
  • Priority assignment of paid officiating opportunities at BUCS and NBL games

The following roles are available:


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Officiating, coaching and events courses

For anyone interested in upskilling and gaining qualifications, Loughborough University are offering courses for officiating, coaching and event management in basketball.

Express your interest here!

AU Basketball Trial Dates

From October 1, Loughborough University is hosting BUCS trials for both University and College students.

The trials will take place at the Holywell Fitness Centre. For more information, click the application links below.

Application links

Women’s Loughborough College Students

Women’s Loughborough University Students

Men’s Loughborough College Students

Men’s Loughborough University Students

Only college students eligible to play for Loughborough University in the British Universities and Colleges Sports League can apply.

Application closes on September 30 at 9 pm. Late applications will not be accepted due to the short turnaround between the Sports Bizarre and Open Trials.

For more information, please get in touch with the relevant email below.

Men’s: [email protected]

Women’s: [email protected]

Coach development programme

Loughborough University is offering our Coach Development Programme for aspiring basketball coaches.

The programme provides mentoring, qualifications and coaching experience in a first-class sporting facility.

Apply here!

BUCS Coaching Opportunities

We have coaching roles open for our BUCS programme! We are recruiting five volunteer head coach positions across our Men’s and Women’s programmes.

We’re looking for Head Coaches with previous coaching experience, or a high basketball IQ and strong leadership skills, to run 1-2 sessions per week during term time and approximately 10 games across the season.

Coaches will be integrated into a system where they will receive mentorship from senior staff, and receive the opportunity to mentor novice coaches over the course of the season.

The following roles are available:

BUCS 3rdsBUCS 3rds
BUCS 4thsBUCS 4ths
BUCS 5ths

Apply here!

Officiating, coaching and events courses

For anyone interested in upskilling and gaining qualifications, Loughborough University are offering courses for officiating, coaching and event management in basketball.

Express your interest here!

Curran joins Loughborough Basketball

Loughborough Basketball can announce the addition of combo guard Megan Curran.

The 18-year-old played for Charnwood College in both the WEABL and U18s competitions last season, alongside the WNBL D1 side.

Curran will compete for the WNBL D1 side and in BUCS competition this season. 

She will accompany her playtime with her studies, as she completes her course in Sports Management at Loughborough College. 

Curran commented: “I’ve always said the first thing in my mind for continuing my journey is that I want coaches to have a step-by-step plan in mind for me to be able to develop to my full potential, and Loughborough is definitely the place for me to do that. 

“I look forward to all the future challenges that come my way whilst knowing my teammates, friends, and family have my back.”

Nick Moodey, Head of Girls Academy at Charnwood College, commented: “Working with Megan during her two years at Charnwood has been super enjoyable, she’s battled through adversity and developed as a person both on and off court.

“I’m excited to see Megan continue her growth within the Riders programme whilst completing her studies at Loughborough College, I know she is ready to work and bring the energy to any team she is a part of.”

Gamble back for final year

Loughborough basketball are delighted to confirm the retention of Harrison Gamble for his fourth and final year. 

The 6’10” Brit spent his seven-year professional career for the Leicester Riders, winning, three BBL Championships, three BBL Playoff titles, three BBL Trophies and a BBL Cup. 

Gamble is also an NBL Patrons Cup winner with Loughborough and averaged 11.2 points per game in the NBL D1 last season. 

Gamble commented: “I’m very excited to be back playing in Loughborough for my final year. It’s great to be back working with the core group of guys from last year and then seeing the new faces that will no doubt be a big part of the programme going forward.”

Head Coach Will Maynard added: “It’s great to have Harrison back for another year. His leadership on the court is excellent for our younger guys, and he has really brought into a veteran role. 

“The rest of the guys love having him on the team, and he is definitely someone the players will lean on an awful lot through the season.”

Keita joins Loughborough basketball

Loughborough basketball is excited to welcome 6’10” forward Sam Keita for the 2023/24 season. 

The 23-year-old played in the BBL for the Plymouth City Patriots last season, playing seven minutes per game and featuring on 34 occasions. 

Kieta spent his final college season in the NCAA D1, playing for North Carolina Central. 

He will accompany his play in the NBL D1 with his studies in Sustainable Engineering at the University. 

Kieta commented: “I’m excited to get on board with the programme. I can’t wait to get the ball rolling, and succeed on and off the court.” 

Head Coach Will Maynard added: “Sam is a big body for us and definitely adds to our front line. He has had plenty of experiences that will help him at the D1 level. 

“He adds both a scoring threat inside and good rim protection, so he will certainly help us on both ends of the floor. We are excited to have him over the next couple of years and are looking forward to seeing him contribute to the team both in BUCS and D1.”

Campbell commits to Howard College

Former Loughborough and Charnwood Rider Lane Campbell has committed to Howard College. 

The 6’0” guard joins the Hawks after being part of the Riders programme since 2019. He spent four seasons with Charnwood College, averaging 17.6 points in the EABL last season. 

Campbell also put up 7.6 points per game in the NBL D1 last season for Loughborough.

This summer, he represented Great Britain Under 20s in the FIBA European Youth Championships, becoming the fourth GB player to record at least 10 assists in a single game in the Championships. 

Campbell follows in the footsteps of Charnwood alumni Blaize Sanga, who previously committed to Howard.

Loughborough Basketball Head Coach Will Maynard commented: “It was awesome to see Lane’s development over the three years he was at the Charnwood programme.

“I had the pleasure of coaching him at all different levels during his time here. I’m really excited to see his progress over in the States. We will all be rooting for him!”

Report: Riders take Red vs Purple win

Leicester Riders took a 99-64 win in the annual pre-season “Red vs Purple” fixture against Loughborough University.

Miryne Thomas led the Riders with 17 points, in a game, backed up by 15 from Jaren Holmes. 

After a tightly contested opening exchange, with Loughbroough’s Justin Hedley’s five quick points making it 10-8 to the hosts after five minutes, the Riders seized control of the game. 

Miryne Thomas made an immediate impression on the Riders faithful with eight first-quarter points, and a highlight throw down from Jaren Holmes’ lob pass. 

Leicester leapt out to a double-digit advantage early, with Mo Walker’s five-point burst ending the period 26-14 in the Riders’ favour. 

Thomas continued to dominate in the second, rising high to swat away Hedley’s layup attempt. He was backed by Kimbal Mackenzie, who came alive in the quarter for eight points. 

Loughborough kept within touching distance for stages, and Elija Bailey entered halftime the game’s leading scorer with 11 points and five rebounds. 

But Riders big man Sam Idowu stretched the lead to close the half with a three, followed up with a layup and a block of the next possessions. The teams entered the half with Leicester up 49-32. 

Mackenzie and Idowu saw the Riders build on their advantage in the third, finishing as the Riders’ two leading scorers by the end of the period. On the other end, Bailey found the hoop consistently to rack up 16 with a quarter to play. 

Leicester won the third quarter 28-16, taking a 77-48 lead into the final period. 

The fourth was a case of seeing the game out, which the Riders did professionally. They kept their 30-point lead until the final buzzer, taking home a win from their first preseason game. 

Hadley joins Loughborough Basketball

Loughborough Basketball is delighted to welcome 6’3” guard Dan Hadley ahead of the 2023/24 season.

Hadley committed to Loughborough from the Charnwood Academy, where he’s suited up since 2020. The 19-year-old has been a part of the Riders pathway system since 2014, averaging 12.5 points per game in the EABL, and 12.7 points per game in NBL DII last season. 

“I’m really looking forward to studying at Loughborough University, and getting on the court with the team this season,” said Hadley. 

“I’m hoping to take my skills to the next level with the help of this elite programme.” 

Head Coach Will Maynard added: “It’s great to see Dan’s progression over the years with the club. We are proud to keep Dan on our Riders pathway. It will be an inspiring story for all junior players within Leicester. 

“When I first saw him at the Riders all-star camp, he definitely had something about himself, and he brings that same grit and same tenacity to the court now. 

“I loved coaching Dan over our time at Charnwood together, and if there is one player who is trying to outwork everyone else in practice, it’s Dan. I’m excited to see what he can bring to the group, but from what I’ve already seen over the summer, he will bring competitiveness to the team, which will help us in the long run. 

“He joins us for four years at the University, and hopefully, he will continue to prove himself like he has done throughout his time with the programme.”

Loughborough confirm the return of Onyia and Curran

Loughborough Basketball are thrilled to confirm the return of Edward Onyia and Oscar Curran for the 2023/24 season. 

17-year-old Onyia, who was new to the Charnwood Riders Academy programme last season, will balance his playing commitments within the academy EABL league and the NBL while studying at Charnwood College. 

Curran who is in his third and final year with the Charnwood Riders Academy programme, will also be balancing his time competing in the EABL and NBL this season.

The 6’2” guard will continue to build on the exposure he had within the NBL last season while he studies Mathematics, Physics and Physical Education at A-Level. 

Both Onyia and Curran will suit up for Charnwood’s EABL and Loughborough’s NBL D1 sides with coaches looking for both players to bring their NBL playing experience and leadership to academy games. 

Onyia commented: “I am grateful and excited to be able to play and develop within a bigger role on this team for the upcoming season and use all the things I learned last year and during the summer to help the team win.”

Curran commented: “I am really excited to play for the team this year, and I hope to learn a lot throughout the season.”

Head Coach Will Maynard commented: “We love having Academy players involved with the programme, and we are excited about what Oscar and Edward can bring to the group. 

“Both of these guys had previous experiences within the group last year, but I am hoping for them to have bigger impacts this year. They both bring some younger energy to the group and when this is controlled in the right way, it can have huge benefits to the team.”

Phillip joins Loughborough Basketball

Loughborough Basketball is delighted to welcome 6’4” wing Torron Phillip ahead of the 2023/24 season.

The 20-year-old joins from Central Wyoming College, where he competed in the NJCAA Division One. Prior to this, he played a season at Panther Hoops Prep and two years at Haringly Hawks, where he won the 2020 National Cup Championship and EYBL Central Division Championship. 

Phillip will combine playing with his studies at Loughborough University, working towards his BSc in Applied Sport Science with Management. 

The 6’4 shooting guard will suit up for Loughborough’s NBL D1 and BUCS teams. 

Phillip commented: “I’m looking forward to playing at Loughborough and competing at such a high level. I hope to add more success to the great history of Loughborough University.”

“I’m looking forward to working with Torron. I think he can be an exciting addition to the group who will definitely bring a lot of energy to the team,” added Head Coach Will Maynard

“He has been in the States over the past couple of years, so it’s exciting to see what he can bring to the table. Before the States, Torron was part of Haringey Hawks, so I know he will come to the programme with a great attitude both on and off the court.”

Wylie joins Loughborough Basketball

Loughborough Basketball are delighted to welcome Seth Wylie ahead of the 2023/24 season.

The 19-year-old 6’2” guard, arrives at Loughborough after spending the last three seasons with Oaklands Wolves EABL and NBL sides, competing in Division One last season. In 2022, he helped Oaklands to the EABL Southern Conference title and was named Student-Athlete of the Year.

Wylie will combine playing with his studies at Loughborough University, starting a foundation year in Sport. 

He will suit up for Loughborough’s NBL D1 and BUCS teams. 

Wylie commented: “I’m really looking forward to a new challenge. I can already tell that the experience is going to push me! I’m ready to work, and everything I get during my time here will be a blessing.” 

Head Coach Will Maynard commented: “Seth joins us from Oakland, where he had 3 good years within their academy set-up. Speaking with Seth’s previous coaches was a no-brainer that we wanted him to be part of the Loughborough programme. 

“His attitude to the game is what really stood out for us. He has a great mindset to the game so really looking forward to having him with the group and looking forward to his progression over the next four years.”

Karras joins Loughborough Basketball

Loughborough Basketball are thrilled to welcome Panos Karras ahead of the 2022/23 season. 

The 21-year-old signs with Loughborough from Notre Dame College in the NCAA Division Two. Prior to Notre Dame, Karras played for Cardiff Met Archers II in the NBL Divison Three. Karras was named an EABL Hoopsfix All-Star in 2021.

Karras will combine playing with studying for a BSc in Accounting and Finance at Loughborough University. 

The 6’4 guard will suit up for Loughborough’s NBL D1 and BUCS teams. 

Karras commented: “I’m thrilled to be stepping on the courts and in the classrooms at Loughborough University. It’s the perfect opportunity to combine my love for basketball with a top education.”

Head Coach Will Maynard commented: “Panos is a great pick-up for us. He is joining us with some really good experiences, including playing for the national team and spending two years in the States at an NCAA D2 programme.

“He is a high-character person and player and looking forward to what he will bring both on and off the court.”  

Loughborough announce retained core ahead of 2023/24

Loughborough Basketball’s core of young talent will return for the 2023/24 NBL Division One season. 

The returners are: 

  • Elijah Bailey
  • Justin Hedley
  • CJ Hayden 
  • Joe Bielak
  • Milo Gordon 
  • Ben Woog
  • David Oputa

American guard Bailey joined the Riders last summer on a two-year deal, playing with the Riders while studying his MSc in International Business at Loughborough University.

He averaged 20 points per game last season on a red-hot 44% from three-point range. He joined the team following experience playing professionally in Armenia, Iceland and Maldives.

German-born Hedley continues his NBL D1 career while studying Biological Science. The 6’4” guard’s previous playing experience includes his time with the Leicester Riders British Basketball League team.

Last season, Hedley put up 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game in Division 1.

Hayden studies Sports Coaching at the University while playing in the NBL D1. The 6’7”, British forward has played for Loughborough Basketball over the last three seasons and won the BUCS title with the team last year. 

British wing Bielak will continue his BsC in Exercise Science at Loughborough University alongside his playing career in Division 1 and BUCS 1st team. Bielak was also a feature on Loughborough’s BUCS winning team, the sharpshooter also averaging 12 points in the NBL D1 last season. 

6’5 Brit Gordon continues his Sport and Exercise Science studies at Loughborough alongside his NBL Division 1 and BUCS 1st team playing commitments. Gordon enters his third season with Loughborough, after averaging 5.5 points and 4.6 rebounds a game last year and winning the BUCS title. 

Woog, a Charnwood College alumni, joined Loughborough’s NBL Division One side last season. The British 6’8 forward was part of the Riders BUCS title-winning team last season and has international experience for the Wales Senior Men’s programme. 

Oputa returns to the Loughborough first team after a season playing for the D3 team. The 6’6” forward joined the Loughborough Basketball programme in 2019. 

All of the returners will play in both the NBL and BUCS teams this season.  

Head Coach Will Maynard commented: “To have so many players returning is great for the team. Hopefully, this continuity helps us as we move into next season, and we are able to hit the ground running as soon as pre-season starts. 

“We know how tough of a task it can be with so many games through the season and on top of that your studying, so having guys who are used to that will definitely help throughout this long season. 

“We have a great variety of players within the group which gives us a strong start when looking into the season, we have a great group of unselfish players who want to help the team win and willing to do whatever they need to do for the team to be successful. 

“A lot of the returners are in their last year of study and last year with the programme so hoping to make it a season to remember for those guys.”

Coach Will Maynard on BUCS glory

Will Maynard played on the Loughborough BUCS team which won its first championship in 22 years. Last year, he accomplished the same feat as head coach, leading the University to its fifth title in the last six seasons. 

“Coaching is way more stressful than playing,” said Maynard, comparing the two accomplishments.

“Winning as a player was special because we hadn’t won in so long. There was no pressure going up against a great Newcastle team. That was a huge difference from when I came in as a coach. We were expected to win.

“We had such a stacked team, and losing the year before in the semi-final, we felt pressure to get back on top. We had Kimbal Mackenzie, Conner Washington, Jubril Adekoya, Patrick Whelan, Blake Bowman and Evan Walshe from the pro team. We couldn’t afford to lose that game.”

They were crowned the Men’s basketball champions with a 86-75 win over the University of West England Bristol. Mackenzie was named MVP after scoring 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting. 

“Credit to UWE. They made it hard for us! We were down double digits early, and Kimbal dug us out of the hole. They had a few professionals as well and made it a good game.

“To win it for the Division One guys who hadn’t won anything up to that point was really special. I’m super proud of all of them: they put in so much work over the season.”

Having risen through the ranks of the Loughborough pathway, it was an especially proud moment for Maynard to come back and win as a coach.  

Maynard came up through the Charnwood programme, going on to play for Loughborough’s Division Three team above his age, then attending American college for a season. He returned to a Loughborough team attempting to establish themselves on the UK scene. 

“I came back from the States after one year, and I joined as Russell Levenston (Leicester Riders managing director) was trying to make Loughborough into a well-renowned university programme, which there weren’t many of at the time. The year I came back, they recruited well and got a lot of guys in.

“My first year was with Drew Sullivan, which was an amazing experience. I learnt so much from him. I was lucky enough to practice with the Riders’ first team, which helped me develop as a player.”

Sullivan, two-time BBL MVP, helped establish Loughborough as a top-tier programme and aided Mayard’s understanding of the game immensely. 

“Being around a professional team and seeing how they worked was massive for me to understand the game at a different level,” Maynard reflected.

“I was never the quickest or most athletic, so I really benefited from learning from Coach Rob, Drew and so many others. Learning the game from them allowed me to take the next steps in my career.”

The Riders’ association with Loughborough University is of great benefit to any player, from those looking to further their development, set themselves up for life after basketball, or anything in-between. 

“I loved getting the experience of the university lifestyle and playing loads of basketball. I played BUCS, D1 and practised with the professional team. We had so much going on, and I loved everything about it.

“The Riders association with Loughborough attracts all types of players. Tyler Bernardini and Darien Nelson-Henry are guys that spring to mind who earned a really good degree alongside playing. It sets you up brilliantly for life after basketball, which is something that really sells. 

“The players have first-class facilities available to them. Having access to the physios, equipment, and courts is great for the players. The Riders’ partnership with a world-recognised university is really attractive for players looking to further their career.”

This current cohort of Loughborough University talent faces a tough test this preseason, facing off against British Basketball League opponents in Leicester Riders and Cheshire Phoenix. 

Maynard believes this will set them up for a successful season, and an important season for this group of players. 

“It will give us some confidence going into the season, no matter the score. We know we can’t match their talent, but having the opportunity to go up against professionals before our regular season will tell us where we’re at and what we need to work on. 

“It also gives our guys a chance to show British Basketball League coaches what they can do, as they look to further their careers. That’s the biggest reason we wanted to do it.

“I can’t wait to give all our guys in their final year a great send-off. We have four or five guys in their final year, and they’re determined to go out and have a great year. Seeing them flourish in their last year and seeing what life after Loughborough holds for them will be super rewarding. 

“The continuity we have in our group excites me, so playing the same guys as last year with a couple of new faces is great. The aim is another BUCS championship. 

“I’m so thankful to be involved with the Riders as a young coach.”

With Maynard at the helm, who has already brought so much success to Loughborough since his arrival over a decade ago, the programme is in safe hands.  

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Leicester Riders launch rebrand

Leicester Riders are excited to present their rebrand ahead of the 2023/24 season, ushering in a new era of Riders basketball. 

The Riders are proud to have innovatively evolved throughout their 56-year history as Britain’s oldest professional basketball club. This rebrand allows the club to continue modernising, 10 years on from the launch of its previous logo.

This marks a fresh start for the club, with a revitalised roster of young talent ready to take the reins and add to the Riders’ rich history. 

The updated brand incorporates every facet of the club, from its community work with the Leicester Riders Foundation, its player pathways and development through Charnwood College and Loughborough University, to the first teams in the BBL and WBBL.

The club would like to thank its partners at 5or6 for their support during the rebrand.

Leicester Riders managing director Russell Levenston commented: “It’s been 10 years since the previous logo was created, as we thought it was the fitting moment for us to re-evaluate the Riders brand.

“Looking at how branding has changed over the past decade, we thought it was the right time to refresh ours.

“Thank you for all the work 5or6 has put into supporting the club, both with the rebranding and their continued support through the years. We have worked closely with the team there since they designed the last logo in 2013.

“What is especially pleasing is the new brand’s versatility, and how it can incorporate everything we are about, from our pathways and community work through to the pros.

“These are exciting times for the club, and we look forward to seeing how the brand grows over the coming years. We hope everyone loves it as much as we do!”

Ticket Information: Loughborough Men’s preseason fixtures

Loughborough Riders Men’s tip-off preseason action against BBL opponents, taking on the Leicester Riders and Cheshire Phoenix.

Loughborough will play Leicester in the Sir David Wallace building at the University on August 25, tipping off at 7 pm.

Loughborough will take on the Riders in the annual “Red vs Purple” matchup.

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We face Cheshire on Saturday, September 2, at the Netball Centre building, tipping off at 3 pm. 

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Freeman appointed D1 women’s Head Coach

Loughborough Riders are thrilled to announce the appointment of Tor Freeman as women’s Division 1 Head Coach.

Freeman will also take the reins of the BUCS 2 programme at Loughborough University and the role of assistant to Ben Stanley for the Leicester Riders’ WBBL outfit.

He joins from the WBBL’s Oakland Wolves, where he served as Head Coach for the 2022/23 season.

The 24-year-old is one of the country’s best young coaching prospects, winning Young Coach of the Year at UK Coaching Awards in 2021. 

“The opportunity to be involved with a club as successful as the Riders is something I’m really excited about,” said Freeman. 

“I can’t wait to get started and contribute to the team at both Loughborough and Leicester. Speaking with the club, the vision they have for the women’s pathway is something that really impressed me.”

“The chance for players to progress from WEABL to D1 and finally the WBBL is something that nobody else offers.”

Managing Director Russell Levenston added: “Tor is a fantastic young coach that we’re really excited to work with. He will prove a key asset to the development of our already successful Loughborough and WBBL programmes.”

“We would like to thank Loughborough University for their ongoing support!” 

KitKing Trophy returns

The KitKing Trophy for teams in Basketball England’s NBL Men’s Division One is set to return in September.

The competition will again be organised by NBL Division One Men’s clubs in partnership with naming rights holder Kitking.co.uk and Basketball England

It will see all 14 NBL Division One clubs, plus a pair of invited Division Two sides, competing in four regional groups of four.  

The additional Division two teams for 2023/24 are last season’s NBL Division Three playoff champions Milton Keynes Breakers, who topped a number of NBL Division One sides as part of a lengthy National Cup run a year ago, and former NBL D1 winners Manchester Magic, who were relegated from the top flight at the end of last season.

Holders Hemel Storm will defend their title. KitKing have supplied winning team wear to NGBs, professional and grassroots clubs throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe and beyond since 1992.

They are the UK’s leading teamwear specialist with 30 years’ experience across more than 25 sports, including basketball. 

KitKing.co.uk CEO Dips Patel said: “We are excited to continue our partnership with Basketball England’s NBL Division One clubs. 

“Last season’s competition was a big success and our sponsorship will further extend our help and support of the Trophy in 2022/23. 

“It’s an exciting time for the sport in the UK as basketball continues to grow. We’re pleased to be a part of that, and to be able to support Basketball England’s D1 clubs through this partnership.”

Tim Brown, former Basketball England Board member and chair of the Men’s Division One group, said: “I would like to thank KitKing.co.uk for their ongoing support as we push the competition from strength-to-strength.

“The D1 men’s clubs are continuing to grow and move the league forward as a group with Basketball England’s support, making this an exciting time for both the sport and the Trophy itself.” 

The group stages of the competition will be played from 16 September through to 24 September, with the 16 contenders split into four groups of four teams.

The games will provide a curtain raiser to the Men’s NBL Division One season, which gets under way in October.  

Playing each other once, the top two sides in each group will progress to the quarter-finals then semi-finals, with the final set to take place later in the year.

International watch: Riders suit up for GB Under-20s

There was Riders’ representation on the international stage this week in preparation for the FIBA European Youth Championships in July. 

Victor Ndoukou and Lane Campbell were joined by Charnwood product Ceejay Hanson to represent Great Britain Under-20s, taking on last year’s fourth-placed finishers, Finland, in Helsinki over two games.

“It was a great environment in Finland,” said Riders women’s head coach Krumesh Patel, who was appointed head coach of GB U20’s in March.

“They are a competitive team that got a lot right! The Riders guys did really well over the two games, and we hope that’s something they can use to build towards the Euros!”

The European Youth Championships take place in Skopje, North Macedonia, from July 7-16, featuring 19 national teams from across Europe.

Great Britain competes in Division B, and have been drawn against Luxembourg, Portugal, Austria and Hungary in their group. 

Photo credit: Ville Vuorinen

HOOP HQ opens in Loughborough

The exciting new venue in Loughborough town centre has been created to raise funds for the Leicester Riders Foundation, whilst also inspiring the future generation of British basketball talent

British basketball team, Leicester Riders, has today announced the opening of Hoop HQ, an exciting new venue designed to get more young people off the streets and onto the court.

The new experiential space, which is located in Loughborough town centre on Market Street, has been created to raise funds for the Leicester Riders Foundation, give more local children access to the sport and ultimately cultivate the future pipeline of British basketball talent.

The Leicester Riders Foundation already works with lots of communities all over Leicestershire and the Hoop HQ concept will be used as a model around the country. The area will look to become a community base for everyone to be able to access the game of basketball and connect with like-minded individuals, whether that’s through shooting some hoops or playing 3×3 basketball. 

The launch of Hoop HQ comes just days before Leicester Riders battle it out against London Lions at the British Basketball Play-Off Finals. Taking place this Sunday at the O2 Arena in London, the Riders will be looking to defend their title for the second year running. 

Commenting on the space, Leicester Riders Managing Director and Riders Foundation Trustee, Russell Levenston said: “The opening of Hoop HQ has been a dream of mine and I’m so excited to see it finally come to life. A huge thank you to Raff, the landlord for offering the shop to the foundation and believing in the project, as well as to the local companies and volunteers who’ve helped turn this into a safe, enjoyable space for the community to use.”

Hoop HQ landlord, Raff Russo said: “Hoop HQ is a fantastic initiative and the Leicester Riders team has worked tirelessly to turn what was the old Blockbusters into a welcoming venue for all the community to enjoy. This is a one-of-a-kind space which will be pivotal in driving awareness for British basketball and help to inspire the next generation of players.”

James Sirrell, Director of EDSB Compliance Solutions, commented: “EDSB Compliance Solutions are proud to support Leicester Riders Basketball team and their new Retail outlet in Loughborough. The EDSB team have worked night and day over the past few weeks to get everything compliant in time for their grand opening and we look forward to partnering up with them for many years to come.”

Hoop HQ will be open to the public from Tuesday 23rd May and will be open 6 days a week from 2pm-10pm on weekdays and 9am-5pm on Weekends. 

Bowman dunks on top of the O2!

The British Basketball League delivered the first of its kind show-stopping basketball dunk competition, brought to you by General Tire, at the top of The O2. 

All to celebrate the countdown to the British Basketball League play-off finals, which take place later this month.

Leicester Riders star and high-flyer Blake “The Showman” Bowman headed 52 meters up onto the iconic roof of The O2, with roofwalk attraction Up at The O2 which provides panoramic views overlooking London’s skyline, where he recreated a series of epic slam dunks from this year’s regular basketball season, performing and recreating one iconic dunk for each of the qualifying teams who have made it through to this year’s BBL play-offs. This included Tajh Green’s unbelievable off the backboard dunk for Manchester Giants, Josh Sharma’s jam for the London Lions and Bristol Flyer’s alley-oop spectacular. You can view all eight dunks by clicking HERE.

A judging panel of experts were on hand to cast their verdict on which dunk would be crowned the BBL’s ‘Dunk of the Season’. The panel included WBBL board member Siobhan Prior, Behrad Bakhtiari and Denzel Kazembe from Simply British Ballers and leading basketball reporter Sam Neter from the dedicated British basketball website, Hoopsfix. 

After eight outstanding dunk recreations, it was Bowman’s very own windmill jam that came out on top, crowning him champion of the British Basketball League “Now You Know” Dunk Challenge, brought to you by General Tire.

The activity, hosted by British Basketball master of ceremonies Tahir Hajat, celebrates another incredible year for the British Basketball League, continues to showcase the appetite there is for Basketball in the UK, whilst also raising awareness for the season defining play-off finals which take place at The O2 on Sunday May 14th. 

An expected capacity crowd of close to 17,000 fans are set to generate an electric atmosphere inside The O2, with the British Basketball League’s flagship event also set to be broadcast live on Sky Sports. 

Fans from across the world are also encouraged to vote for their favourite dunk from the season by using the #BritishDunks and #NowYouKnow. 

The British Basketball League’s Head of Marketing and Communications, Joe Edwards, said:

“Make no mistake, this season the British Basketball League has made history and we’ve taken the sport we all love to new heights.  We wanted to do something to grab the attention of Basketball fans and the general public and celebrate the end of season play-off’s at The O2. 

He added: “Whilst a completely crazy idea it might seem, it made complete sense to do this, and we hope Basketball Fans worldwide enjoy what the British Basketball League has to offer.  I want to say a special thanks to our partner General Tire, and all of our other partners, the players and our staff for sharing our vision together and making this possible.”

Speaking on the incredible dunk challenge, Peter Robb, Marketing Director at General Tire, said:

It’s great to work on this project with the British Basketball League, basketball in Britain is really taking off and it was fantastic to be able to support  such an innovative idea. The challenge perfectly ties in with our brand’s philosophy of ‘anywhere is possible’, so it was a real privilege to partner with the league and make this incredible idea come to life. 

“The British Basketball League has done an amazing job in harnessing the country’s love for basketball and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. As an SUV/off road tyre specialist we stand for adventure and getting out and living life to the full, so hopefully this project encourages people of all ages to get off the sofa and participate in the sport and head down to watch their local British Basketball League team in action.”

British Basketball has never been at such a high – in every sense of the word, after another meteoric year for the league, which has seen incredible progress both on and off the court. The league has had record viewership across its broadcast, fans have packed into arenas across the country each week and the men’s championship champions, London Lions, proudly flew the flag for UK basketball in a record breaking run in the EuroCup. 

But the trophy the teams all dream to lift is still up for grabs, as the league’s most sought after championship game, the play-off final is set to thrill a sold out crowd at The O2 on Sunday May 14th.

Just four teams remain standing and fighting for the chance to compete in the play-off finals in ten days time. London Lions face Cheshire Phoenix, whilst Bristol Flyers do battle with last season’s champions Leicester Riders this week to try to book their tickets to the capital. 

Tickets for the event are selling fast and fans can grab the last few remaining tickets by visiting https://www.bbl.org.uk/2023playoffs/

Fans unable to make the finals will be able to tune in live on Sky Sports and the Sky Sports YouTube Channel on Sunday May 14th from 13:00 BST.

Kimbal, Patrick & Aaron in GB 24

Riders guard Kimbal Mackenzie has been named in the Great Britain Men’s National Team 24-man roster for the first time for the upcoming FIBA World Cup Qualifiers against Belgium and Serbia.

Mackenzie who holds a British passport joins GB regulars Patrick Whelan and Aaron Menzies on the roster for the upcoming window.

GB face Belgium on Friday 24 Feb before travelling to Belgrade to face Serbia on 27 Feb.

24 Man Roster for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifying Window – February 2023

Amin Adamu G 25 6’5″ Kapfenberg Bulls (AUT) 0
Jamell Anderson F 32 6’7″ Cheshire Phoenix (GBR) 15
Michael Belle F 19 6’6″ Espoirs Strasbourg (FRA) 0
Quinn Ellis G 19 6’2″ Monferrato (ITA) 2
Ashley Hamilton F 34 6’7″ Quimper (FRA) 30
Myles Hesson F 32 6’6″ Kagawa Five Arrows (JPN) 54
Noah Horchler F 25 6’8″ Aris B.C. (GRE) 0
Kyle Johnson G 34 6’5″ Newcastle Eagles (GBR) 85
Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye G 26 6’3” Swans Gmunden (AUT) 19
Callum Lawson F 26 6’6″ Valur (ISL) 2
Kimbal Mackenzie G 26 6’1″ Leicester Riders (GBR) 0
Aaron Menzies C 26 7’3″ Leicester Riders (GBR) 2
Ben Mockford G 33 6’2″ Newcastle Eagles (GBR) 54
Luke Nelson G 27 6’3″ London Lions (GBR) 35
Teddy Okereafor G 30 6’4″ Apollon Limassol B.C. (CYP) 53
Gabe Olaseni C 31 6’10” Darussafaka (TUR) 53
Josh Sharma C 26 7’0″ London Lions (GBR) 2
Mo Soluade G/F 27 6’5″ London Lions (GBR) 7
Devon van Oostrum G 30 6’3″ BK Levicki Patrioti Levice (SVK) 50
Jelani Watson-Gayle G 24 6’1″ Bristol Flyers (GBR) 0
Carl Wheatle F 24 6’7″ Pistoia (ITA) 27
Patrick Whelan G 26 6’5″ Leicester Riders (GBR) 11
Jordan Williams F 27 6’8″ Hubner Nyiregyhaza (HUN) 4
Akwasi Yeboah F 25 6’6″ Darussafaka (TUR) 4

Loughborough Basketball Triple Header!

Loughborough Basketball is hosting the prestigious BIG MATCH! 3 of our top teams will play at the Sir David Wallace building at Loughborough University in front of a bumper crowd! We’ll have DJs, give-aways and much more!

Wednesday 25th January
Doors: 15:30

  • Adult Tickets: £8
  • Concession Tickets (applies to: Students, Loughborough Staff, U18, Over 65, Blue Light and NHS.): £4

Tip-off: 16:00 M2 v Birmingham City M1
Tip-off: 18:00 W1 v Northumbria W1
Tip-off: 20:00 M1 v Northumbria M1

Dodici Otto X Riders

Leicester Riders have partnered with fashion brand Dodici Otto to produce a Limited Edition jersey.

The Leicester-based brand launched a similar collab with Chelsea FC earlier this year, but this is their very first venture into basketball.

Each shirt features a graffiti style marking the 19 trophies and all the players from this season on the back.

The shirts were done on a limited run of 10, individually numbered. All the profits raised will go to the Riders Foundation.

To buy a shirt from our online store click here!

Riders pop-up shop in John Lewis now open!

Leicester Riders are delighted to partner with John Lewis at Highcross in Leicester, and open a brand new pop-up shop from now until the end of December!

Shoppers will be able to buy all official Riders merchandise including a brand new range of products ahead of Christmas.

Be sure to check it out!

Black History Month celebrated at Flyers game

Players of both Leicester Riders and Bristol Flyers will wear warm-up t-shirts to celebrate Black History Month before Saturday’s away game.

Both sides represent multi-cultural cities and have a rich history of welcoming players from all backgrounds. Riders are also offering free advertising space on their big screens to local black-owned businesses for both home games this month. If you are a black-owned business and want to feature then please email details on your business/address and a 16:9 advert to [email protected].

This week Riders’ Jubril Adekoya interviewed Mo Walker on what Black History Month means to him.

American talent joins Loughborough University

Loughborough Basketball welcome Emma Fee and Ashley Johnson to Loughborough University where they will be studying and competing in the British University and Colleges Sport competition. 

Fee, originally from Minnesota, has spent the last five years studying and playing at Winona State University. The 6’2 Forward will further her academic studies at Loughborough University this year by balancing a Masters in Sports Management alongside her playing commitments for the University’s 1st team and the Riders professional Women’s programme who compete in the WBBL. 

“Extremely excited for this opportunity to play with the Riders program. The coaches and players have been so welcoming and I know we will do something special this year. Can’t wait to get after it!”

Johnson, joins Loughborough University from the University of Southern Indiana where she lead the team in points (14.1ppg), assists (4.04 apg), steals (2.33 spg), and FT (82%) in her senior year. Johnson was appointed captain twice in her time at USI and was named 1st team All-GLVC and Academic All-GLVC. The 5’7 guard who also has a background in rugby, will continue her academic studies in Clinical Exercise Physiology while joining fellow teammate Emma Fee in purple as part of the Loughborough University 1st team. 

“I am so blessed and grateful to have the opportunity to play again. I can’t wait to see what the UK has to offer, and I look forward to being apart of the Loughborough/Rider family!”

On the recruitment of his newly acquired American talent, Head Coach Krumesh Patel is looking forward to the season ahead:

“Excited to be able to have Emma and Ash join us! They are a great addition for not only the team but for Loughborough University. Both embodied what a Loughborough student-athlete should be! So great to have them join us on the journey this year!”

Both the Loughborough University Men’s and Women’s 1st teams will start their 2022-23 BUCS season at home tomorrow on campus at the Sir David Wallace Sports Hall. Spectators welcome!

4.00pm: Women’s 1st vs Newcastle
6.00pm: Men’s 1st vs Newcastle 

New Zealand-British Forward, Dion Collins Joins The NBL For The 2022-23 Season

Loughborough Basketball announce the signing of 6’8 New Zealand-British Forward, Dion Collins to the 2022-23 roster for the Loughborough Riders Men’s programme. Collins, born and raised in New Zealand with British ancestry is the eleventh player to join the Division 1 team, led by Coach Will Maynard. Collins left New Zealand to attend college in the US, playing for the Culver-Stockton Wildcats in the NAIA. Collins then graduated from college and signed his first professional contract with the Lulea Steelers in Sweden where he continued his academic studies; a masters in International Business. Most recently Collins has be playing out in Australia in the NBL1 with the Goldfields Giants before moving across the globe to the United Kingdom. 

On his signing to Loughborough Basketball, Collins is ready to get started and is excited for the season ahead: 

“I love the vision Russell and Coach will Maynard have for the club and I am very much looking forward to being a part of it. From our very first conversations they have been extremely professional and welcoming. It was good to get down and meet they guys yesterday after just getting into the country – there’s a great bunch of guys running around who you can tell are eager to compete and from my understanding have played together for some time. Therefore, it’s up to us new guys to assimilate, get used to the team, the structures in place and trust that results will come from that.”

From his previous playing opportunities in the US, Sweden and Australia, Collins brings with him a wealth of experience which will be instrumental to the team over the coming months. 

 “I think the things you can expect from me are physicality, intensity, communication and leadership on court. Looking at our squad we have a good balance across the board and I’m excited to play with some talented players who I think will complement each other quite well. From there we just need to understand our roles then execute them within the structures that coach has put in place.”

Coach Maynard on his latest recruit:

“Excited to have Dion join us this year. He’s going to be a great addition to the group, not only on the court but also off the court too. He’s another player with some great experience over the last few years and we believe he can really help some of the younger players coming up through the pathway. He’s a big, physical player who adds some more firepower up front to what we already have in place and gives us more depth in the team. I think Dion will fit seamlessly into our style of play this year so we are excited to have him on board.”

Collins will make his debut for the Loughborough Riders this weekend in the Division 1 Kit King Trophy competition against Nottingham Hoods on Saturday evening.

Young talent joins Loughborough Basketball

Loughborough Basketball announce that young British talent, Lane Campbell and Edward Onyia are set to join the Division 1 Men’s side for the upcoming NBL season. Campbell, joined the Charnwood Basketball Academy in 2020 and has been a season regular for the Division 2 Men’s team and EABL side. Campbell joins former Charnwood Academy team mate, Ben Woog after a successful season in the EABL under Coach Maynard. Campbell will continue his academic studies within the Charnwood Academy while balancing his playing opportunity with the Loughborough side. 

“I’m grateful to be playing for the Loughborough side this season as there’s so much more knowledge for me to take from some of the more experienced players. I feel like I can have a great impact on the team and can’t wait for the season to get underway.”

Joining Campbell in purple is 16 year old Edward Onyia. Onyia who is new to the Charnwood Riders Academy programme this season, will balance his playing commitments within the academy EABL league and the NBL while studying at Charnwood College. 

‘’I am very pleased and excited to play for Loughborough Riders. I am proud to be involved in this team. I also think this will be a great opportunity for me to build up on my skills and get to the next level.”

On the addition of Campbell and Onyia to this season’s roster, Coach Will Maynard is excited for the opportunity to bleed young British talent into his team:

“Lane and Edward stepping up to the D1 group this season is awesome, not only for their development but also for the contributions they are going to make and the impact that they will have on the team this year. Lane has had a great two years with the club already; he’s ready to take on the next challenge of D1 and to be a leader for the rest of his peers over at Charnwood. Edward is a great prospect for all of us here at the Riders. He has some great natural ability and rawness that we don’t see walk through the door everyday. It’s a great experience for him to get the opportunity to practice with high level players everyday and I’m looking forward to see how far he can go over the next 2 or 3 years.”

The Loughborough Division 1 side will play this week in the opening round of the Kit King Trophy, against Charnwood College at 7pm on Wednesday 21st September at Loughborough University. Visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and use the discount code KITKING to secure your tickets. 

Charnwood Academy Graduate to join Loughborough Basketball for the 2022-23 Season

Loughborough Basketball are pleased to announce that up-and-coming British talent, Ben Woog will be joining the Division 1 Men’s side this season in the National Basketball League. Woog has been with the Riders club for the past two seasons within the Charnwood College Riders Basketball Academy, under the development of Coach Will Maynard. The British 6’8 forward has a rich playing history to date with National team appearances for the Wales U16s and the Wales Senior Men’s programme. 

Woog, who was part of the 2022-23 winning EABL team before graduating, will continue his basketball career as part of the Division 1 Men’s programme alongside his academic commitments at Loughborough College.  While balancing his BsC in Sport Coaching, Woog will also be competing in the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) league as part of Loughborough 1st team. 

“I’m excited to be studying my degree in sports coaching at Loughborough and to being coached under Will again. I know it was the right decision to commit to Loughborough because Will has a great vision for this team and a great group of players within the squad. I can’t wait to get the season underway and push for playoffs.”

Coach Will Maynard on Woog’s decision to stay within the Leicester Riders club and his progression to the NBL:

“Ben is an exciting project for us and we are super glad that he has made the decision to continue his basketball journey within the Riders pathway. We have seen a lot of improvement in his on-court ability during his time with the club already.  He has great size and strength; we also love that Ben has a high IQ on the court. His ability to pick things up quickly in conjunction with his physical presence is a strength of his that we will look to develop further. Having the opportunity early this year to practice with BBL team has definitely been a positive for Ben and something that we as a club are pleased to have been able to expose him to. He is going to be a great addition to the team and we are excited to see what he can do for us this year.”

Loughborough retains core players ahead of the 2022-23 season.

Harrison Gamble, Justin Hedley, Conroy Hayden, Joe Bielak, Dwyane Orija and Milo Gordon are set to return for another season within the NBL Division 1 league, under the guidance of Coach Will Maynard. 

Harrison Gamble continues his playing career with Div 1, after many successful years within the Riders BBL team under Coach Rob Paternostro. With his wealth of professional playing experience, Gamble’s leadership is paramount to this season’s Loughborough Div 1 side. 

German born 6’4 point guard, Justin Hedley continues his NBL Division 1 career while studying Biological Science at Loughborough University. Hedley’s previous playing experience, including his time within the Leicester Riders BBL team, bolsters a compatible core of returning players for Coach Maynard’s Loughborough team in the NBL Division 1 league this season.   

Conroy (CJ) Hayden will continue his playing career alongside his academic studies in Sport Coaching at Loughborough. At 6’7, the British forward will be looking to progress with his on-court and off-court development as he has been within Loughborough Basketball over the last few seasons. Hayden will also return for another season within the BUCS 1st team.

Joe Bielak returns to drop his signature 3-pointers for another season in the NBL. The British wing will continue to balance his BsC in Exercise Science at Loughborough University alongside his playing career in Division 1 and within the BUCS 1st team.

Dwyane Orija is back for another season in purple. The 6’5, British guard will continue his student-athlete experience at Loughborough while he completes his BsC Sports Science with Management while balancing his playing commitments for Division 1 and the BUCS 1st team. 

6’5 British wing, Milo Gordon, returns for another season with Loughborough Basketball. Gordon will join his student-athlete counterparts and continue his Sport and Exercise Science studies at Loughborough alongside his NBL Division 1 and BUCS 1st team playing commitments. 

On his six returning players, Coach Maynard commented:

“Really excited to be bringing the core group back together, we have a great balance of personnel in the squad. We have some high-level experience and some exciting younger guys. This leaves us in a great place for development and for growth throughout the year. I’m looking forward to see what this year holds for us.”

Loughborough Basketball Division 1 open their season against USA Select today at 1.30pm at Charnwood College.

Loughborough Sign US Guard

Loughborough Riders are pleased to announce the signing of American guard Elijah Bailey on a 2 year deal, who will be combining playing with the Riders while studying his MSc in International Business at Loughborough University.

The 6’3 guard joins the Riders with experience playing professionally in Armenia, Iceland and Maldives following his graduation from New Haven. In four seasons at New Haven, Bailey led the Chargers to back-to-back Northeast-10 Conference championship games, averaging 15.8 points per game for a total of 1,780 career points.

“I’m very excited to join the Riders. Feels good to be apart of the Riders winning program and playing basketball in the UK. I’m looking forward to combining my basketball career and also studying my Masters at Loughborough University” commented Elijah Bailey on joining the Riders.

Coach Will Maynard on his first signing, “I’m excited to have Elijah in the room with us this year. He had a great college career and gives us another option on the court. He has a great wealth of experience that he can pass on to some of the younger players. He also has the opportunity to continue to develop himself here at Loughborough, playing at a high level and also studying towards a world class degree from Loughborough university.”

We’re Hiring!

We are looking for a Sales Manager to work with our club partners and on our group ticketing offers.

For more information on the role you can access the job description here.

Walshe returns to Riders

British guard Evan Walshe has returned to the Riders squad for the 2022-23 season. Walshe, who previously played & studied in America for Barry University, will continue his studies at Loughborough University, undertaking a two-year masters degree. 

Walshe was added to the Riders squad last term and as well as enjoying minutes in the BBL, played a pivotal role in Will Maynard’s NBL D1 side. This time around Walshe will add some depth to the Riders BBL roster and be eligible to play in the Loughborough University BUCS side.

“It was awesome to work with Evan last season and we are looking forward to having him back,” commented head coach Rob Paternostro. “He is a talented young player who continues to develop his game. We were very impressed with him as a player and competitor last season.“

“He has good size for the guard position, he can shoot the three and he is a physical player that competes on both ends of the floor. He is a guy that can really get to the basket both in the half court and in transition.”

Last season Riders picked up three major trophies in the League Championship, BBL Cup and Playoff title, Walshe is excited at the prospect of being reunited with his fellow treble-winners.

“It feels great to sign back and to get a full season with the Riders. With all the success of last season, and bringing the majority of the squad back, there is a lot of excitement for the upcoming season,” commented Walshe. 

“Working day in day out with Coach Rob last season gave me a taste for his passion for the game and gave me a new wind in my sail so I’m excited to have the privilege of working under the coaching staff again this season.” 

“When the masters was offered to me it was really a no brainer, the opportunity to continue my education alongside playing is something I couldn’t turn down. Loughborough is a great University and will allow me further success off the basketball court when it’s all said and done”

Riders would like to place on record our thanks and appreciation for the continued support of Loughborough University in helping to support our players’ education. 

Riders Job opportunities

Leicester Riders have some new opportunities to join their programme. We are looking for a Physiotherapist/Sports Therapist, Physiotherapy Internship and four Strength & Conditioning Interns.

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Louie Jordan commits to Weber State

Leicester-born Louie Jordan has committed to division one NCAA school Weber State and will travel to America for the 2022-23 season.

Jordan, who has been a key player throughout the Riders pathway, has played for Charnwood College, Loughborough Riders and Leicester this past season. 

“I’m excited to commit to Weber State. I have always wanted to go and test myself in the NCAA and I’m really grateful to Weber State for the opportunity to fulfil a dream”, said Jordan.

“Winning the EABL title is the perfect way to leave Charnwood College. I owe a big thank you to the whole Rider programme – the staff and coaches who have supported me in my time here.“

Jordan’s announcement follows on from Victor Ndoukou committing to join North Dakota earlier this week. 

Ndoukou commits to North Dakota

EABL Finals MVP Victor Ndoukou has committed to division one NCAA school North Dakota and will start his American college career with the Fighting Hawks next season.

Ndoukou, who came through the Charnwood College programme, played for both Loughborough Riders and Leicester this past season. 

“I’m really happy to commit to North Dakota. I’ve had several conversations with Coach Sather and liked what he had to say about the school and the team,” commented the 6’8” forward.

“It’s been a dream of mine to be playing in America and I’m grateful for this opportunity. I can’t wait to get started.”

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my coaches and support staff here in the Riders programme for their support.”   

North Dakota, the former school of BBL MVP Geno Crandall, currently play in the Summit league where they face Zach Jackson’s former team Omaha. 


It was an intense outing and heartbreaking loss for the D1 Loughborough Women, losing 63-59 to the Solent Kestrels in a down to the wire thriller. Both teams put on a phenomenal display of defense and team basketball. 

The Rider’s loss means they’ve been eliminated from the playoffs and their season is over. Though their season was nothing to hang their heads on. A phenomenal season by a phenomenal team. It’s just a shame it had to end so soon. 

The game started with Robyn Ainge (Riders) and Kristina Karpova (Kestrels) both hitting 2 quick three-pointers to open the game. No team led by more than three points in the first quarter and there were a total of 8 lead changes. 

Both teams continued to go back and forth, closing the first quarter out with a score of 22-20 for the Riders. The second quarter commenced and it became clear that the pace of this game was changing quickly. 

Both teams turned it up on the defensive end forcing turnover after turnover. Besides a Robyn Ainge layup to open the quarter for the Riders both teams went scoreless for nearly 3 minutes of play time. Both teams exchanged four to five point mini runs. 

However, in the last 3 minutes of the first half the Kestrels went on a 7-0 run to put them up 40-33 entering halftime. 

The second half was once again headlined by both teams’ ability to force turnovers and slow down their opposition. Though only holding the Kestrels to 12 third quarter points they were only held to 11 of their own and couldn’t manage to bridge the gap made at the end of the second. 

So the stage was set, Kestrels led 52-44 with one quarter left to play and the season on the line. The Riders played great. They fought their way back into the game. Robyn Ainge (16 points), Katie Januszewska (16 points) and Erin Powell (6 points 8 rebounds) were difference makers in climbing all the way back to a 3 point deficit, 62-59 with 44 seconds left in the game. 

The Kestrels held onto the ball up until the 15 second mark where Katie Januszewska came up with a clutch steal, the Riders ran in transition, dished it out to an open Robyn Ainge on the three point line to tie the game, but her shot didn’t fall. At that point they were forced to foul and free throws put them away. 

What a game. What an effort. The ladies truly left it all out on the floor and though it wasn’t the outcome they were looking for they should be proud. Congratulations to Team Solent Kestrels and best of luck to them in their playoff endeavours. Once again well done to the Loughborough Riders and their season. We’re all looking forward to seeing what comes next for this team. 

Well fought Ladies. 

Match written report by Rob Field


On Sunday the Loughborough Riders took on the CoLa Southwark Pride in London. The teams went back and forth exchanging leads in a gritty defensive minded battle. The Riders managed to pull ahead and run away with a win, tallying a final score of 63-47. 

CoLA began the game with a quick 6-0 run over the first 4 minutes, but was immediately answered by a 7-0 run from the Riders. The Riders used their ability to grab offensive rebounds to capitalize on second chance points.

Both teams exchanged defensive stops, layups and extra points at the free-throw line. They remained neck and neck and it was an even showing in the first quarter as they entered the second tied at 12-12. 

The second quarter was kicked off by Louise Rouse with 5 quick points. The Riders continued to keep up the defensive intensity, but CoLA weren’t going to go away quietly either. Though the Riders extended their lead to 6 in the second quarter, CoLA closed the gap to one with a score of 24-23 going into the half. 

Going into the second the Riders looked more composed, calm and ready to execute their gameplan. The third quarter was led by Katie Januszewska who poured in 12 points in just the third. The Riders were electric on offense as they scored 21 points in the third. 

They also held their own on the defensive end. Protecting the paint and stopping CoLA to only 14 third quarter points. Their combined efforts on both ends of the floor helped them to build their first sizable lead of the game as they led 45-37 going into the fourth. 

In the fourth the Riders did what they do best, remain calm and execute their gameplan. The Riders again smothered the Pride on defense, holding them to 10 points as they put up 18 of their own. The Riders were dominant on the glass and their hustle stats excelled them to win 63-47.

Louise Rouse, Katie Januszewska and Alia El Shabrawy all poured in 17 points in an excellent display of Riders basketball. They kept their composure and executed on both ends of the court. An excellent win for the team. Well done girls!

Match report written by Rob Field


Saturday saw the Loughborough Riders travel to Worthing to take on the Thunder. Both teams fought hard but it was the Thunder who pulled ahead in front of their home crowd and won 91-75. 

It was a rough first quarter for Loughborough as the Thunder came out on fire hitting shot after shot as the Riders struggled to find a groove offensively. The Thunder’s defense was clicking and the rim seemed like it had been widened as they stormed ahead to take a 27-9 lead after one quarter of play.

In the second, the Riders came out much hotter than in the first. They poured in 20 second quarter points, but though they were executing on offense the Thunder kept their foot on the gas pouring in 22 second quarter points of their own.

Going into the half the Riders trailed 49-29. 

The second half was a battle, both teams came out hot. Milo Gordon hit 2 quick three’s and led his team on a run that saw them bring the game back to an 11 point deficit. The Thunder though answered back with a run of their own.

Both teams poured in 25 points in the third quarter, once again the Riders found themselves behind by 20 points as they approached the fourth quarter. Thunder lead 74-54.

The fourth quarter commenced and again both teams went back and forth, hitting basket after basket. Unfortunately, the Thunder’s lead was too big for the Riders despite the Riders outscoring the Thunder in the fourth quarter.

It was a tough fought match, but the Riders slow start to this game dug them into a hole they couldn’t climb out of. They proved that they were on par with the Thunder as they outscored them from the end of the first till the end of the game. 

However, the Thunder’s 5 players with double digit figures and well played team efforts propelled them ahead to win this game. The Rider’s showed their heart and never gave up. Good game boys, onto the next one.

Match report written by Rob Field


Sunday saw the Loughborough Riders take on Team Newcastle in a tough contest headlined by defense, runs and three point shooting. The Riders were led by dominant performances from both Joe Bielak and Harrison Gamble who each had 23 points. But their efforts weren’t quite enough to overcome Team Newcastle who were able to hold the Riders off through a team effort. 

The Riders came out fast behind Joe Bielak’s two three’s in the first two possessions of the game. Another three by Harrison Gamble put the Riders up 9-0 two minutes into the first quarter. Newcastle was able to compose themselves and bounce back going on a 9-0 run of their own to tie the game

A common theme of this game began to take place as the Rider’s answered Team Newcastle’s run with another of their own to take a lead that was quickly taken back by Newcastle behind some deep three’s from Brandon Federici to put them up 29-25 at the end of the first quarter. 

In the second quarter both teams maintained their fast pace and high octane offense from the first quarter, going back and forth and keeping the lead for Newcastle within 4 halfway through the second. But behind a flurry of three pointers and some bad turnovers for the Riders saw them fall behind by 15 going into halftime with a score of 56-41 for Newcastle

Coming out of halftime the Riders came out ready and instantly began to climb back into the game. Behind a solid team effort the Riders went on a 19-6 run to bring the game back within 2 with five minutes to go in the third quarter. But once again one run was answered with another and Team Newcastle bounced back to extend the gap between them and the Riders, taking a 77-70 lead going into the fourth.

The Fourth commenced and the Riders had to begin to chip away at Newcastle’s lead. They went on yet another run and stormed all the way back to tie the game 81-81 with 3:44 left to play in the game. Unfortunately for the Riders they wouldn’t score a point for the rest of the game and were put away by Newcastle losing 90-81. 

It was a good game, the Riders displayed a lot of heart, Harrison Gamble scored 23 while playing through an injury and everytime the Riders fell behind they managed to close the gap. Though it was a tough loss there is nothing to be ashamed of, the Riders never gave up and showed their heart. Well played boys.

Match Report written by Rob Field

Rest in peace Eric

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of one of our former players Eric Robertson.

Out with being an outstanding basketball player and all his accomplishments on court, Eric was a stand out human being who’s light shone so brightly. He was a man of family and faith. His infectious smile and energy made him an amazing teammate, a pleasure to coach and a firm fan favourite.

The statistics will show that Eric was a part of the Riders family from 2016 to 2018, making 87 BBL appearances and winning six trophies (x2 Trophy, x2 League, x2 Playoff). He also enjoyed a successful BUCS career representing Loughborough University winning two BUCS golds. In truth his impact on the programme and the people he met transcended basketball and ‘E-Rob’ will forever be etched into our history and remain part of our Riders family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jerica, Luca James and all of Eric’s family and friends. We pray his faith is a comfort to you all at this sad time. Rest in peace Eric.


Sunday’s game saw the Loughborough Riders take on the Leicester Warriors in a high scoring, high octane match. Both teams gave it their all as the Riders pulled through and won the game 101-94. 

Right from the tip it was evident it was going to be an intense game. Both teams were quick to push the ball in transition and attack the paint in their set offense. It was a prime example of the phrase “good defense, better offense” 

Each team took turns exchanging the lead, but it was the Riders who pulled ahead by stellar three point shooting to take a 1 point lead as both teams displayed their dynamic scoring as they entered the second quarter 33-32 for the Riders. 

In the Second the Riders managed to maintain a small lead over Leicester, not letting them get the lead once in the second corner, but Leicester was right there always within 2-3 points of the Riders. Both teams cut their rotation short knowing this was going to be a tight game.

The First half was all about tempo and being able to capitalize in transition. Though the Riders were outrebounded by the Warriors they forced 16 turnovers and was able to use those extra chances to gain an advantage come halftime where they led 55-53

Going into the third it was no time for the Riders to be comfortable, the Warriors were right at their heels and ready to pounce. The Riders remained calm, and opened the second half with a 12-0 run against the warriors. Holding them scoreless for the first 4 minutes of the third quarter. 

The Riders now held a modest 65-56 lead after the Warriors hit a three to end their drought, but the Riders continued to go basket for basket with them and maintain their lead. With an emphasis on team play and coordinated defense the Riders held a 78-63 point lead going into the fourth.

In the fourth the Warriors came out quick, needing to score quickly and gain momentum to try and have a chance to win the game. But the Rider’s defensive schemes held them back despite them still managing to close the gap from a 19 point deficit to only 10. 

Huge credit to the Riders for keeping a level head and remaining calm to hold their lead and ultimately win this game. The fourth was highlighted by brilliant perimeter shooting and smooth drives to the rim for the Riders along with their outstanding defense. Warriors’ Van Turner and Riders’ Evan Walshe both scored 26 points as the leading scores of the game. But with 5 Riders with double figures they won this game as a team 101-94.

The Riders proved themselves yet again on both ends of the court, leaving it all out on the court as they controlled the tempo of the game along and out playing the Warriors on the hustle stats. It was hard fought, and a well earned Victory for the Loughborough Riders. 

Match report written by Rob Field


Saturday saw a contested contest between the Loughborough Riders and Newcastle University. Both teams put on a gritty display of heart, but it was Newcastle that managed to get the edge and win 93-87. 

The first quarter was a battle between Newcastle’s ability to attack the paint and the Riders stellar perimeter shooting. Both teams took turns going back and forth at one another with a total 6 lead changes in the quarter. 

For the Riders, it was Milo Gordon who poured in 3 of his 7 3 point shots in the first quarter. For Newcastle it was a more balanced effort as they focused on attacking the paint and dishing to the perimeter for open 3 point shots. 

After a long back and forth quarter Newcastle sat on top with a 25-23 point lead, but the Riders were on their tail and didn’t plan on going quietly. Going into the second it again was high energy, quality basketball displayed by the two teams. Attacking each other inside, making their three’s and remaining competitive.

Big plays by Conroy Hayden and Greg Wild helped the Riders regain control of the game in the second. Now with a more balanced effort of attacking the rim and capitalizing from the perimeter the Riders were able to take a 4 point lead going into the half 44-40.

Coming into the second half both teams were looking to take an advantage and make a run to build a sizable lead. However both teams remained strong and continued their back and forth battle. Newcastle’s Brandon Federici and Riders Milo Gordon went at each other from beyond the 3 point arc knocking down jumper after jumper. 

But as the third quarter came to its end it was Newcastle who found themselves back on top behind the efforts from Brandon Federici and Ronald Blane. The Riders however were still in striking distance only trailing by four going into the fourth quarter. 65-61 for Newcastle, but it was still anyone’s game. 

The fourth quarter commenced and immediately the riders struck the first blow, a quick three from Dwayne Orija cut Newcastle’s lead to 1, but they managed to keep the Riders behind by 2-3 points until 6 minutes left in the quarter while the Riders stole back the lead. 

Both teams continued to go back and forth, trading layup for layup, three for three and both teams refusing to take their foot of the gas. But Newcastle had managed to pull ahead 6 points with 1:37 left to play. The Riders didn’t give up and hit two quick 3 pointers to once again tie with 49 seconds left to play.

Newcastle came down and hit a layup with 34 seconds to play, however the Rider’s couldn’t answer and were forced to foul to stop the clock. Newcastle went 4-4 from the free throw line in the final seconds of the game and managed to hold the riders off and win 93-87. 

A tough loss for the Riders but they continue to keep their chins up high and carry on after an honorable effort.

Match report written by Rob Field

Basketball Stands Together

BBL and WBBL clubs unite to show solidarity in support of Ukraine.

The British Basketball League (BBL) and its 23 Men’s and Women’s clubs will stand together over the next five days in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, showing support at all matches from March 4th-9th.

The thoughts of the British Basketball community are with all of those who have been impacted by the Russian’s invasion of the Ukraine and we unequivocally reject Russia’s actions and wish to show our support for the people of Ukraine

As such the BBL’s Men’s and Women’s teams will all take part in 24 seconds of reflection and a show of solidarity before tip-off at each game between March 4th-9th. 

Clubs will also show the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag with the wording ‘Basketball Stands Together’ on screens at their arenas.

This message of solidarity will also be visible to the BBL’s global fanbase across our digital channels, as logos and profiles on those platforms will change to represent the colours of the Ukrainian flag.

All-Star camp is back!

Loughborough All-Star basketball camp is back for 2023!

With limited places, booking is open for the All-Star 2023 Summer Camp! The week-long camp is held in the prestigious sporting facilities of Loughborough University every Summer.

Led by Loughborough & Leicester Riders’ elite coaching staff with masterclass sessions from professional players, spaces are sure to fill up fast!


Monday 7th – Friday 11th August 2023


11-18 Years Old


Sir David Wallace Sports Hall
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU


£395 Residential – 9 AM – 9 PM
£250 Non-residential – 9AM – 5PM

Evan Walshe joins Riders programme

British guard Evan Walshe has been added to the Loughborough University roster ahead of the NBL sides’ D1 game this Saturday.

Walshe who started this season in the Spanish third league with Aquimisa Carbajosa has joined the Riders programme and will be available to play for Will Maynard’s side this weekend.

The former Oaklands Academy players and Surrey Scorcher will join the programme and in the future he would like to study a masters at Loughborough University, and he arrives with a good pedigree having spent his college years in the NCAA with Barry University, Florida.

“We are really happy to add Evan to our roster. He is someone we have spoke to previously to join the programme and I believe he’ll be a great asset to the organisation and we are thrilled to be able to create a great situation where he can play Div 1 and BBL”, commented Managing Director Russell Levenston.

“I think what goes on here is special and something that I’ve always wanted to be a part of.”

“I grew up watching the Riders dominate in the BBL, it’s a great honour to be able to put on a Riders uniform.”

“Having the opportunity to play both D1 and with the BBL side for the remainder of this season will firstly allow me to still get plenty of game time but also be able to learn from the senior guys who have made such a footprint in the BBL like Geno, Conner and Zach. I’m looking forward to the challenge, and ready for the opportunity I’ve been given.”

Maynard & Vazquez step up in the New Era for Loughborough

Riders BBL Assistant and Head of Charnwood College basketball programme Will Maynard will take charge of the Loughborough Riders NBL division one side for the remainder of the season. 

Maynard, who continues his coaching journey having graduated from the programme as a player, Maynard will now return to the University side alongside his duties with the Charnwood basketball academy.

“We’re delighted for Will to have the opportunity to further his coaching career in the Division 1 moving up from coaching the Division 2 for the past few seasons.” Reflected MD Russell Levenston.

“Will is a shining example of fulfilling the pathway as a player, having graduated from that Loughborough team. And now following a similar route with his coaching and he is ready for the new challenge”

Maynard comments “I’m really excited about getting started with the division 1 group. it’s going to be a challenge for us in a tough league this year, but we have potential and will grow as the year goes on. I’m humbled to be given the opportunity to lead on a such a prestigious programme. I’m looking to continue to build on what Mark and the rest of the staff have built over the years.”

BBL Riders assistant coach Pablo Vazquez will take charge of the BUCS first team for the remainder of the season.

“We have a successful track record in BUCS having won gold in 2016-2019. Pablo comes with vast experience at the professional level assisting Coach Rob, so it’s great to be able to offer him the opportunity to head up our University BUCS team. Pablo has completed delivered many coaching roles within the club and excited to start his new role”

Coach Pablo Vazquez commented on his new role “I’m super excited for this new opportunity and challenge. Being able to work with this group of players and first class university like Loughborough is going to be great, everyone has been super welcomed so far. I would like thank everyone for believing that I was the right fit to take this role alongside wishing Coach Jarram all the best in his personal future and personally thank him for everything he is done for me since I first arrived in England.

Maynard will head coach today’s game when Loughborough Riders take on Hemel storm at Loughborough University at 4pm tickets to buy tickets visit riders.basketball/lougborough

End of an era for Coach Jarram

Loughborough University Head Coach Mark Jarram has decided to step down from his coaching role after eight and a bit seasons with Loughborough Riders.

Jarram, who has assisted in the BBL since 2012-13 season, took charge of the Loughborough programme in 2013 and went on to win eleven trophies working with the likes of Conner Washington, Jamell Anderson, Reiss Pinnock, Josh Ward-Hibbert, Levi Noel, Max Richardson and Lucien Christofis.

In 2015-16 he got the side promoted to the NBL division one, making the Playoff final in their first season in the top league, Jarram would go on to win the NBL division one league title the following season.

In the universities competition, Jarram won BUCS Gold four years in a row – 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 – and despite making the BUCS final in 2020, his side were denied the opportunity of a fifth straight trophy due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

During his time at the helm, Jarram won three Coach of the Year awards and two Team of the Year awards. 

Riders Managing Director Russell Levenston commented:

“We would like to put on record our thanks for the fantastic work that Mark has achieved during his time running our Loughborough programme. His impact on the lives of so many of our student-athletes has been immeasurable. Mark has helped to transform the programme the over the last 8 years and leaves it in a much better place than when he arrived”

“He decided he needs a new challenge in a different role and we fully support his decision and wish him all the best for whatever lies ahead.”

Coach Jarram reflected: “Being the Head Coach at Loughborough University has been an honour and a privilege. I close this chapter in the very same way I opened it, with gratitude.” 

“So many players, staff, volunteers and people have influenced the last nine years, to all I am extremely appreciative.” 

“Coaching and leading this program has been some ride. It’s never easy to leave something that has meant so much to you, the people and relationships are everything. This program will always hold a special place and that’s the thing about sports and the magnificent gift of teams – they get in you and never go away. It’s been an absolute blast, full of lifetime memories!!”

Everyone at the Riders would like to wish Coach Jarram all the best for the future.

An announcement will be made shortly as to Coach Jarram’s successor. 

Match Report: Riders Vs Warriors

Loughborough Riders faced off against the Leicester Warriors in the final game of the L Lynch Trophy group stage. As the top spot was already claimed by the Nottingham Hoods, it was between these two local rivals to fight it out for second spot, that would see the winning team proceed to the next round. 

After a closely contested game, the Loughborough Riders came away with a 77-73 thanks to a clutch shot from Joe Bielak in the last 24 seconds the game, putting the Riders up 75-73. 

Riders had a slow start to the game and failed to score for the first 5 minutes of the quarter, but Victor Ndoukou opened the scoring for the Riders with a 2-point jump shot, to make the score 2-10 Warriors. Leicester Warriors kept their flow going but Riders fought back to finish the quarter 13-19 down. The second quarter followed a similar pattern of the first quarter with Riders struggling to make shots stick allowing Warriors to extend their lead to 11 points going into the second half.

3 back-to-back three pointers by the Riders early in the 3rd quarter shifted momentum their way and helped them to level the game at 40-40. Carl Pearson and Delaney Powell of the Warriors kept the pressure on the Riders. In the fourth quarter the Riders were able to disrupt the Warriors flow and get on top within the final seconds thanks to a 3 point shot from Joe Bielak.  

Head Coach Mark Jarram commented “A gutsy win from the group. Credit to Warriors they started the game very well, made everything tough and scrappy. We didn’t shoot the ball well in the first half but hung in there, stuck with our plan and got going in second half. Obviously, some vital stops and key scores in the fourth allowed us to come out on the winning side of this close one. Lots of learning for this group. We needed it.”


Riders: J.Bielak 18, C.Hayden 11, J.Fakile 11, K.Gudza 11, V.Ndoukou 9, H.Gamble 8, D.Orija 5, D.Oputa 4

Warriors: D.Powell 21, E.Brownell 11, P.Chingombe 10, C.Pearson 10, H.Langton 6, E.Haggith 4, J.Pollock 4, K.Wright 3, T.Riley 2, B.Adjei 2

The Loughborough Riders are next in action on Saturday 2nd October away to the Nottingham Hoods. You can follow updates from the game @lborobasketball 

Preview: Riders Vs Warriors

Season so Far – Riders 

The Loughborough Riders started their L Lynch Trophy group stage with a loss away to the Nottingham Hoods but got back to winnings ways on Tuesday by beating Charnwood College Riders 86-62. The Loughborough Riders were able to keep momentum with them for majority of the game and finished the third quarter with a 20-point lead that the young Charnwood Riders were not able to overturn. 

Season so Far – Warriors 

The Leicester Warriors sit level on 2 points with Riders in the group, with the winner of this game going through to the next round of the L Lynch Trophy. Warriors were defeated 113-67 by the Nottingham Hoods and picked up a 78-70 win against the Charnwood College Riders. The game was very close for the most part but the experience of Powell and Pearson helped Warriors get over the line.  

Ones to Watch 

Joe Bielak had an outstanding performance in the last game against Charnwood College Riders with 19 points, 7 assists both career highs and 3 steals and 5 three points made out of 10 taken which were both tied career highs. Harrison Gamble scored 23 points against the Charnwood Riders and is another to who will no doubt be imp

The Leicester Warriors will look to utilise the experience of Delany Powell and Carl Pearson who have both established themselves in the roster. Powell scored 33 points for the Warriors in their loss against the Hoods and Pearson had a good performance against the Charnwood Riders scoring 14 points. 

Previous Meetings 

The Loughborough Riders last came up against the Warriors in April 2020 during the regular NBL D1 season beating them 70-67. From the beginning, we saw a close game, with both team’s neck and neck throughout and able to respond to each point made until the final quarter. With the Riders making it tough for the Warriors to get open shots, they led their opponent to a defeat that win will help them in the standings and positioning in the playoffs. Harrison Gamble led the Riders with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists, while the Warriors were led by Morakinyo Williams with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist

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Preview: Loughborough Riders vs Leicester Warriors

Coming off the back on a win over the Charnwood Riders, Loughborough Riders take on Leicester Warriors in their final game of the L Lynch Trophy Loughborough group stage at 3pm on Saturday at Loughborough University.

With both teams having one win and one loss on the record, these local sides will be looking to secure their second win to complete the group stage on a high note. After witnessing the shooting prowess of Joe Bielak last weekend, Loughborough will be looking for a repeat performance to start strong and stay ahead of a competitive Leicester Warriors side. 

Loughborough Riders Head Coach Mark Jarram is looking forward to another home game and the continued growth from his side:

“Always a tricky opponent. Like to make the games scrappy, which we must be ready for. We will again be tested with a different style of play and must be locked in for full 40 minutes. Again, great preparation for the regular season.”

Head Coach Mark Jarram

As always when these two local teams match up, the game promises to be an entertaining showdown and one not to be missed. Tune in at 3pm on Saturday 25th September on Basketball England’s Official Youtube Channel for L Lynch Trophy action live.

Back to winning Ways

Loughborough Riders got back to winning ways in the L Lynch Trophy group stages by defeating the Charnwood College Riders  86-62. 

NBL Division Two side Charnwood College Riders were able to match the Loughborough Riders energy for most part of the match but a 20-point difference at the end of the third quarter took the game away from the young Riders. 

Charnwood College Riders graduate Joe Bielak had a game to remember with 19 points, 7 assists both career highs and 3 steals and 5 three points made out of 10 taken which were both tied career highs. 

Loughborough Riders Head Coach Mark Jarram commented “Obviously great to get in the win column. But we know there is a lot of room for growth with this team. That’s what this time is for. Figuring out the group and what needs urgent adaptation. We’ll be focused on taking that into the weekend.”

The young Riders will play their final L Lynch group match against Nottingham Hoods on the road this coming Saturday. You can follow their season on Social media via @CharnwoodBball


Loughborough Riders: H.Gamble 23, J.Bielak 19, C.Hayden 9, J.Fakile 9, D.Orija 7, V.Ndoukou 6, L.Jordan 6, L.Johnson 5, K.Gudza 2 

Charnwood Riders: L.Campbell 14, C.Hanson 14, C.Yapo 10, M.Diallo 6, B.Woog 6, D.Hadley 5, O.Curran 4, M.Grant 3 

The Loughborough Riders Men are next in action on Saturday 25th September when they face Leicester Warriors at home with a 3pm tip off in the Netball Centre for their final group stage match in the L Lynch Trophy. Tickets are now on sale. BUY HERE 

Loughborough AU Basketball Trials – Guide

As the new British University College Sport (BUCS) season approaches, this is your opportunity to be part of one of the leading basketball programmes within the UK. All players, new and returning are required to trial in order to get a place on a BUCS team. All players need to attend the Sports Bazaar on Saturday 2nd October 10-4pm in the Sir David Wallace Sports Hall to register their interest and select a trial slot (men’s only) for Monday 4th October. The Sports Bazaar will be a great opportunity for you to meet current players, coaches and as well get a feel of all the opportunities on offer within the basketball programme. 

-All trialists will need to download the Lboro Sport App. 

-Log in using your university details

-Click on the AU Sports Tab and find the relevant trial slot

-You must book onto the trial slot you selected at the AU Bazaar 

-Entry to sessions will not be allowed without this 

We ask that you please complete the relevant interest form below prior to the AU Bazaar. 

Men’s Interest Form 


Women’s Interest Form


Women’s Trials Sunday 3rd October – New Victory Hall 

  • 9am – 12:00 

Men’s Trials – Advance Sign up required Monday 4th October – Sir David Wallace Sports Hall Zone B

  • 7:30pm – 8:40pm 
  • 8:40pm – 9:50pm 
  • 9:50pm – 11:00pm 

Men’s Call Backs – Returners + Invite Only Tuesday 5th October – Sir David Wallace Sports Hall Zone A 

  • 7:30pm – 10:30pm 

Athletic Union Sports Bazaar (If you want to come and talk about the club some more!) – Saturday 2nd October – Sir David Wallace 

  • 10am – 4pm 
L Lynch Trophy: Loughborough vs Charnwood

Loughborough Riders look to bounce back as they take on Charnwood College Riders in their second of three L Lynch Trophy Group stage games at 6pm on Tuesday at Loughborough University. 

Loughborough opened the competition with a tough road loss to Nottingham Hoods, who started the game on fire and les the Riders chasing for the remainder of the game as the young roster looks to build chemistry through the Group stages. 

Loughborough Riders Head Coach Mark Jarram is looking forward to the match up and hopes his side can course correct after the tough opener. 

“We are upset about our performance vs Nottingham and simply looking to improve on some key areas of focus right away,” commented Coach Jarram. 

“That is what these games are for, to help figure out what is urgent and what we need to address. We will use this game to continue to build our foundations for the regular season.”

NBL Division Two Charnwood College Riders open competition against the Leicester Warriors this weekend before facing Loughborough on Tuesday. The two teams, stemming from the same programme, will be very familiar with each other making for an exciting game. 

Charnwood Men’s Head Coach Will Maynard is excited for the competition with a young group going into the Division Two season. 

“Really exciting times to have the opportunity to compete in the Lynch trophy again this year. We have a new and young group, it’s going to be a positive challenge for us. The next three games will be great preparation for our campaign in division 2 this year.”

Charnwood Head Coach Will Maynard.

Tune in at 6pm on Tuesday September 21st on Basketball England’s Official Youtube Channel for L Lynch Trophy action live.

Pre-season home games announced

Leicester Riders have confirmed two home pre-season fixtures as Rob Paternostro’s side prepare for the 2021-22 BBL season.

Riders fans will get there first chance to get a glimpse of this seasons’ squad in the traditional RED v PURPLE game when Leicester host feeder side Loughborough Riders of the NBL.

The game will take place at 8pm on Friday 3 September at the Morningside Arena.

Riders have also announced their annual fixture with USA Select will take place on Wednesday 8 September at 7.30pm. The USA side are made up of touring American players hoping to gain a contract over in Europe.

Season ticket holders who purchase a USA Select game will receive a FREE ticket to the Loughborough Riders game.

Tickets can be purchased online for both Loughborough Riders and USA Select games.

Greg Wild signs first professional contract

Charnwood Academy graduate Greg Wild has signed his first professional contract with Leicester Riders.

Wild, who featured in both the BBL roster for Leicester and NBL roster for Loughborough last term, has committed his future to the programme signing a four-year contract.

“It’s a surreal feeling signing my first professional contract with such a decorated club with a lot of history and great success,” commented Greg.

“I am grateful for the opportunities that have led me to this point in my playing career and I’m ready to get to work with the guys ahead of next year.” 

“I can’t wait to get back out there and show everyone what I’m capable of, I want to keep getting better everyday.”

“I am blessed for the opportunity to study at Loughborough University through Loughborough College and thankful for the partnership between Riders and Loughborough to allow me to get my degree alongside playing basketball at a high level.”

Whilst on the Riders roster, Greg will study for a degree and be eligible to represent Loughborough in both the NBL and BUCS competitions.

“It’s fantastic for us to secure the services of such a talent like Greg,” commented Riders MD Russell Levenston.

“It’s pretty special for us to be able to offer a player from our academy programme a first professional contract. It’s a trend we are seeing more and more, and it shows any young basketball players that they don’t necessarily need to head to a US college to succeed.”

“We are in a position to be able to offer a long-term deal to Greg and we are delighted to have him on board. Not only are we impressed with his talents but his attitude and application throughout our programme has been outstanding.”


The Riders faced the Reading Rockets in the Play-off quarter finals on Saturday, 15th May. They were looking to bounce back after their loss against the Rockets in April. Riders were able to overcome a tough match and go through into the semi-finals. 

A very close first quarter with a strong defence from both teams, led to a tied score going into the second quarter. The second quarter followed a similar momentum with both teams going back and forth. The Riders came out to be slightly stronger of the two teams by taking the lead by 2 points at 32-30. By the end of the third quarter, the Rockets were able to take the biggest lead of the game so far. Their strong defence, led the Riders to score only 6 points in the entire quarter, giving them the lead going into the final quarter at 45-38. An early start from the Riders saw them cover up the gap within the first 2 minutes of the final quarter. An impressive offence by the Riders of 24 points in the final quarter, gave them the win at 62-53 and put them through to the semi-finals of the play-offs. 

The Riders were led by Katie Januszewska’s and Makana Stone’s strong performance of 19 points each and Robyn Ainge’s 6 assists. The Rockets were led by Gaila Comesana with 19 points and Candela Nunez and Sitota Espinosa’s 6 assists. 


Riders: K. Januszewska 19, M. Stone 19, M. James 10, R. Ainge 6, S. Lecuyer 6, H. Bird 2 

Rockets: G. Comesana 19, S. Espinosa 7, C. Nunez 6, S. Francisco 6, M. Thompson 6, N. Martin 5, E. Luzon 4

We will now see the Riders next in the semi-finals


In the last encounter between the Loughborough Riders and Nottingham Trent University back in December, the Riders won in a close one-point game. The Riders were looking to take the win again and were able to do exactly that in another close match. 

The Rides came out stronger of the two teams and stayed in the lead throughout a very fast paced first half. Several rebounds and a strong performance from Makana Stone with 8 points in the first quarter, gave the Riders a 5-point lead going into the second quarter. The second quarter saw the Trent’s close the gap to the Riders with the Riders leading by only one point. The Riders fouled in the last few seconds and the Trent’s used that opportunity by scoring in both the free throws and started the second quarter at 33-34. 

An early start from the Trent’s in the third quarter, put them in the lead for the first time in the game. However, they were not able to maintain it for long as both teams kept going back and forth and kept the score on the board extremely close. Going into the fourth and final quarter, the Riders continued to stay in the lead but only by 2 points. An early start from the Trent’s again, tied the score within the first few seconds. Both teams kept the same momentum as the previous quarter and kept the score extremely close. With just under two minutes left, the Trent’s were leading by 5 points. However, a 3-point jump shot by Robyn Ainge and a free throw by Makana Stone helped them close the gap to just 1 point with just 30 seconds remaining in the game. Two successful free throws by Makana Stone put the Riders back in the lead with just over 10 seconds left in the game and eventually gave them the win in a thrilling 75-73 game. 

The Riders were led by Makana Stone’s 20 points and Hannah Bird’s 7 assists. While, the Trent’s were led by Mady Burdett’s 21 points and Brahe Ashton’s 11 assists. 


Riders: M. Stone 20, K. Januszewska 16, R. Ainge 13, H. Bird 7, M. James 7, L. Dabbs 4, S. Lecuyer 3, A. Shaw 3, K. Cox 2

Trents: M. Burdett 21, N. Campbell 16, E. Dekker 13, I. Bueriberi 11, A. Whitehouse 8, I. Hill 2, I. Guerreiro 2

We will now see the Riders next in the play-offs as this was their last game of the regular season.

Preview: Riders take on Kestrels in Play-off QF

After a great start to the NBL D1 Men’s play-offs, Loughborough Riders prepare to face Solent Kestrels in the play-off quarter finals on Saturday 1st May, 3:30pm away at Solent Sports Complex.

Season so Far – Riders

Hoping to secure a win this weekend, the riders have had quite a had quite a journey to become the 8th seed this season. With last weekend’s match against the Reading Rockets being their 9th win of the season, they have been fighting throughout to keep their plays strong, defensive strategies effective and offence efficient. Riders’ Kyle Jimenez has continued to impress us all this season! With last weekend’s results he performed with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists making that his  7th double double under his belt for this season. With a further 3 triple doubles, Jimenez has become a force to be reckoned with and certainly able to help the Rider’s men put on a strong, impressive performance against the 1st seed, Solent Kestrels.  The  Kestrels also have to key an eye out for  Harrison Gamble, who averages 16.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists whilst Jonas Dieterich averages 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists a game. Together with the strength and determination of the full Riders team, the men are looking to have a successful quarter final against the 1st seed. The Riders have proven to be a team that works well together, their talent has continued to impress the fans. Despite the unusual circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Loughborough Riders have kept their energy high, which has been reflected in their performance. We hope to see this shine through as they take on Solent Kestrels. 

Season So Far – Solent Kestrels

The Solent Kestrels have proven themselves to be a fierce competitor once again, with clenching their third consecutive win of the regular season this month making them the NBL D1 Champions.  The team have had a strong journey throughout the regular season, however, closed with an unfortunate loss to the Essex Rebels, in which Kestrels’ Orlan Jackman led with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Averaging 14.7 points a game, Jackman is a player the Riders need to keep an eye on in the quarter finals. Both the team and fans will be looking to see them play strong and keep their last loss, their final loss as they take on Loughborough this weekend during playoffs. 

Previous Meeting 

The last time the Riders and Kestrels went head-to-head we saw a dominant performance from Kestrels who defeated the Riders 109-67. Eager to triumph this week, we hope we will see a different ending to the Riders path.

How to Watch

The quarter final will be live stream on Basketball England’s YouTube channel as well as the Team Solent Kestrels Facebook page at 3:30pm, Saturday 1st May.


In the last encounter between the Loughborough Riders and Reading Rockets, the Riders emerged victorious and they were looking to do the same during their first playoff game this season. A tough game between the 8th and 9th seed led to the Riders securing a 75-68 win, putting them through to the next round.

The Rockets started the game extremely strong and pushed the pace throughout the first quarter giving them the lead 19-10. The Riders really ramped it up in the second quarter by opening up their offence and using the depth of their bench. They were not only able to cover up the gap but also managed to outscore their opponent by taking a 38-35 lead at the end of the first half. During a frantic third quarter, the Rockets struggled with both offence and defence while the Riders put up a phenomenal performance with a 24-14 quarter score and started the final quarter with a comfortable 13-point lead. The Rockets came back stronger and tried to battle back in the fourth quarter but were unable to get it over the line. The Riders were too persistent on the offensive end giving them the win and a place in the quarterfinals. 

Riders captain, Kyle Jimenez put up an impressive performance once again and led with 21 points and 8 assists. While, Samuel Toluwase led for the Rockets with 21 points and captain, Ben Dixon led with 7 assists. 


Riders: K. Jimenez 21, J. Dieterich 16, J. Bielak 11, V. Ndoukou 11, G. Wild 9, H. Gamble 7

Rockets: S. Toluwase 21, L. Francis 18, S. Williams 11, R. Pinnock 10, C. Duru 4, S. Grant 2, L. Kivuvu 2

The Riders will now face the number one seed, Team Solent Kestrels in an away game the following weekend. 

Preview: Riders NBL Playoff game vs Reading Rockets

After a turbulent season, the Lboro Riders begin their playoff journey vs Reading Rockets at home, Loughborough University Netball Centre. Both teams will be fired up to win in the 8th vs 9th matchup; this being the first playoffs since COVID-19 hit, after last season’s cancellation of the season. Tip-off is at 2:30 PM in what promises to be a well fought and exhilarating matchup.

Season so Far – Riders

In a season unlike any other, the Riders have battled their way to a respectable 8th place in the NBL Division 1. With 8 wins and 11 losses to their name, the Riders have the potential to beat any team on their day, but come into the tie on the back of a well fought loss in their final regular season game vs the Derby Trailblazers. Fans will be hoping for a better result this Saturday. In a breakout season, Kyle Jimenez has led the way with 3 triple doubles and 6 double doubles over the course of the season. Rider’s coach Mark Jarram admits that he only played Jimenez in the position of point guard due to injuries within the team, and since he got his chance, he has been a revelation. Jimenez averages over 10 assists per game – nearly double that of any other player in the league. With a week 7 NBL Division 1 player of the week title to his name, he’ll be looking to secure greatness with some performances to drive the riders to a playoff run. His multi-season spanning partnership with Captain Jonas Dieterich is one to keep your eyes out for. Jonas leads the Riders with an average of 18.9 points per game, and fellow veteran of the team Harrison Gamble’s contributions both on and off the ball have been tenacious all season. Milo Sigmund will be looking to make an impact after a promising debut last week after his stint in the United States. What the Riders may lack in physicality they make up for in talent, and the game is likely to be a high scoring one. A win on Saturday would set the riders on their way to a successful end to the season.

Season So Far – Reading Rockets

Similarly, the Reading Rockets have endured a fluctuant season but possess more than enough quality within their roster to give any team a game on their day. They come into the game off the back of a ferociously fought 80-82 loss to the 3rd placed Hemel Storm. The Rockets finished the regular season in 9th place themselves, but followers of the team will know that doesn’t tell the whole story – the Rockets have lost many a game to a fine margin this season. O’Showen Williams will be a marked man, leading the Rockets in points scored, assists and steals, averaging 22 points per game.  In his last game, he indeed lead the scoring with 22 points, while Leome Francis impressed achieving a double double performance, who leads the Rockets in rebounds this season. Samuel Toluwase has also been a key player this season, important in all phases of play. Having come so close to clicking throughout the season, Rockets fans will be hoping everything comes together in time for the playoffs.

Previous meeting

In the previous meeting of the two sides, the Lboro Riders prevailed to an impressive 95-77 victory away from home, back in March. Kyle Jimenez scored 23 points on the day 0 his highest return all season.

How To Watch

Game will be available to watch on the Basketball England YouTube channel.

Riders victorious over Warriors

The last time we saw the two local rivals go head-to-head, the Loughborough Riders beat Leicester Warriors with a 2-point lead. This time, they were looking to bag yet another win and didn’t disappoint. 

From the beginning, we saw a close game, with both teams neck and neck throughout and able to respond to each point made until the final quarter. With the Riders making it tough for the Warriors to get open shots, they led their opponent to a defeat that win will help them in the standings and positioning in the playoffs.

Harrison Gamble led the Riders with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists, while the Warriors were led by Morakinyo Williams with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist.

Head Coach Mark Jarram commented “An important win and a gutsy performance. Warriors do a great job of making games scrappy and physical and we dealt with it well. This time of year is about getting ready for playoffs and where every possession matters. It was good for the group to experience a game like that in preparation and find a way to win.” 

He added “We move on with the same mindset this week and look forward to another test to finish out the regular season vs a good Derby team.”


Riders: Gamble 23, Dieterich 18, Ndoukou 12, Wild 6, Jimenez 5, Hayden 3, Bielak 1, Ntifo 1, Oputa 1

Warriors: Williams 30, Gayle 16, Henry 13, Haggith 2, King 2, Turiccki 2, Wilian 2

Next, Loughborough Riders take on Derby Trailblazers at 5:30pm on Saturday 17th April.


Loughborough Riders Men were looking to bounce back from their loss against the Bradford Dragons from their previous match in February and they were able to do exactly that by securing a 86-70 win at their home game on 27th March. 

Both the quarters of the first half got off to a very slow start. The first quarter remained close throughout with the Riders leading 22-21. However, in the second quarter, the Riders strong performance in both offence and defence gave them a 20 point lead, ending the second quarter at 48-28. They continued to dominate the game in the third quarter and started the last quarter with a comfortable margin at 73-43. The dragons came back very strong in the final quarter but were unable to close the gap, giving Loughborough Riders the win at 86-70. 

Joe Bielak led with 15 points and Kyle Jimenez led with 13 assists for the Loughborough Riders, while Andreas Lycoudis led with 23 points and Ricky Fetske as well as Rihards Sulcs led with 4 assists for the Bradford Dragons. 


Riders: J. Bielak 15, H. Gamble 13, J. Dieterich 12, K. Jimenez 10, V. Ndoukou 9, D. Orija 8, 

G. Wild 5, L. Johnson 5, C. Ntifo 4, C. Hayden 3, C. Reilly 2

Dragons: A. Lycoudis 23, G. Osobor 15, D. Walsh 8, R. Sulcs 7, E. Walsh 7, J. Laing 5, E. Gutmanis 3, R. Fetske 2

The Riders will now face Essex Rebels on Sunday , 28th March at Essex Sports Arena at 3:30 pm. 

Riders deflate Rockets

Loughborough Riders picked up another valuable away win 95 – 77 against the Reading Rockets on Sunday 14th March.

Riders proved too hot to handle for the Rockets as they took control of the game from start to finish. Rockets only led for the first two minutes of the game, thanks to a tip in from Sam Grant, followed by another lay up from Samuel Toluwase . Riders drained three triples in the first quarter which left Rockets feeling deflated and trailing 26 – 21 going into the second quarter. The second quarter saw the Riders extend their lead, using the paint to score most of their points through Gamble and Jimenez. 

Both teams came out in the second half, looking to tighten their defence. This resulted in a lower scoring quarter, 14-15 in favour of the Riders. Loughborough Riders were sitting on a comfortable 17-point lead going into the final and fourth quarter. Rockets were given some hope in the fourth quarter when Williams scored his fifth treble of the game, reducing the Riders lead to single figures with less than 3 minutes into the quarter played. However, the Riders kept pushing with a three-point shot from Greg Wild who ended the game with a valuable 9 points. The Rockets ran out of steam in the end and were unable to keep up with the Riders who stormed to a 95 – 77 win. 

Head Coach Mark Jarram Commentated “A fantastic win. We continue to improve every week, which is what it is really about and is our definition of success. We are trending in the right direction for this time of the year and that continues to be our focus.’

He added “Great contributions again throughout the roster but another positive all-round team performance. Good to hold onto a lead and extend it, which is something we have struggled with previously in the season. We get back to work this and continue to get better.” 

It was an overall great team effort from the Riders with four players in double scoring digits, Kyle Jimenez earned another team of the week honour (23 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, 33 efficiency) and registered a personal NBL D1 season high in points, field goals made and one of his best field goals percentages, taking 15 shots with a 60% success rate. 


Riders – K.Jimenez 23, H.Gamble 21, J.Dieterich 19, C.Hayden 15, G.Wild 9, D.Oputa 6, C.Ntifo 2 

Rockets – O.Williams 28, C.Duru 14, S.Toluwase 8, R.Pinnock 6, S.Grant 6, B.Dixon 5, R.Oguekwe 4, L.Kivuvu 4, L.Maitland 2

Riders are back in action on the 27th March at the Netball Centre, Loughborough University against Bradford Dragons, 1:30pm Tip off. The game will be live on the Basketball England YouTube channel.  

Riders bag another win

The riders are on a roll, as their hosted game against the London Lions adds to their winning streak! 

With a final score of 76 -42, the Riders started and finished strong. Leading with 47-19 at half time, the ladies did not get too comfortable, instead continued a high level of intensive play, adjusting to their defenders and continuously keeping their opposition on their toes. This attitude created a gap that could not be filled in the remaining half.

The riders continue to go from strength to strength throughout the season, constantly building on past games and staying focused on improving each game. 

Head Coach Antonio Quintero commentated “We played a consistent defence from the beginning of the game. As always, we are trying to make this our main philosophy. Our players worked hard in order to pressure on the ball and we were smart in most of the defensive rotations. This is reason behind our big lead at half-time.” 

He added “I’m delighted to see how we are improving in every game; we know that we need to be better if we want to be 100% competitive in the playoffs. I also enjoyed watching the full roster, including academy players playing a decent amount of minutes. That will for sure 

Loughborough were led by Robyn Ainge’s 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, closely followed by Erin Hikin and Makana Stone with 12 points each this game. London were led by Ann Sheaia’s 9 points and 3 rebounds.


Riders: Ainge 13, Hikin 12, Stone 12, Bird 9, James 9, Cox 8, Dabbs 5, Lecuyer 3, Cox 2, Shaw 2, Harry 1

Lions: Sheaia 9, Fournillier-Onadeko 5, Fakunle 5, Gibbins 5, Ijelu 4, Somoye-Unstui

4, Brydson 3, Puzule 3, Abdelaziz 2, Millar-Opongntim 2

Next, Loughborough Riders face Reading Rockets on Saturday, 10th April, at 2pm.

Riders See Off Wolves

Riders grabbed a 92-71 victory at home over the Oaklands Wolves with four players scoring double digits. 

After the narrow defeat last weekend to Hemel Storm, Riders were looking to bounce back and get back to winning ways. This is exactly what they did with a controlled performance on both ends of the court.  Young Charnwood academy players Greg Wild, Kanu Gudza and Victor Ndoukou showed their worth by creating and scoring points to help the Riders finish the Riders to Victory. This energy carried on throughout the game and the Riders kept the Wolves at an arm’s length from the cutting the lead, which at one point was 21 points, the biggest of the match. 

Head Coach Mark Jarram commentated “Good performance, a step in the right direction and contributions from throughout the roster. We play this same team again Wednesday so is a rare but good opportunity for us to see if we can make quick turnaround adjustments. We look forward to it and getting to play again.” 

Jonas Dieterich and Greg Wild led the Riders with 17 points each    meanwhile Jordan Santiago of the Oakland Wolves had a standout performance finishing with 26 points. 


Riders: J.Dieterich 17, G.Wild 17, H.Gamble 15, K.Jimenez 14, V.Ndoukou 7, K.Gudza 6, C.Hayden 5, D.Orija 5, C,O’reilly 3, D.Oputa 3

Wolves: J. Santiago 26, A.Roberts 15, O.Egbunike 9, K.Daley 8, N.Powdrell 6, A.Ketiri 5, T.Hughes 2 

Riders will once again face the Oakland Wolves in an away fixture on Wednesday 3rd March, 6pm Tip Off. 

Riders Defeat Pride

Loughborough Riders Women were looking to recover from their loss in the previous match against Solent Kestrels. With their strong performance in both offence and defence, they were able to secure a 81-55 win against COLA Southwark at their home game. 

Riders got off to a very strong start and were able to maintain the promising lead throughout the game. At the end of the first half, they lead by 22 points and started the second half with a comfortable margin at 45-23. The prides came back even stronger especially with their defence however, the riders played to their strengths and defeated the prides by 26 points. 

Head Coach Antonio Quintero commentated on the win “The key of the game was to play a consistent defence during the whole match. That must be our main philosophy and we had shown that when we are focused enough and in the proper shape to do it we are capable of performance in a very decent level.”

He added “We are also very happy to be able to play home games again after a long time, and also to see many players from the academy enjoying minutes on the court.”

Molly James led with 18 points and Robyn Ainge led with 8 assists for the Loughborough Riders, while Emilie Black led with 12 points and 6 assists for the COLA Southwark Prides. 


Riders: M. James 18, M. Stone 15, R. Ainge 13, K. Januszewska 12, S. Lecuyer 9, L. Dabbs 7, H. Bird 4, K. Davies 3 

Prides: E. Black 12, I. Momodu 11, M. Lavin 10, E. Connell 7, S. Henshaw 5, A. Campbell 5, F. Amode 4, E. Egbirika 1 

The Riders will now face Worcester Wolves on Saturday, 6th March in an away game at 2pm. 

Riders Fall to Storm

Hoping to keep their winning momentum in play after their last game, Riders put on a show against Hemel Storm.  

With a slow start, the Riders fought hard against Storm , who battled throughout the game to clam their victory. 

Working to close the gap, Riders edged closer to Storm, ending the first half with 33-37.  They continued to push throughout the final half, being incredibly strong in the final quarter. However,  at the final hurdle it just wasn’t enough to pip Storm to the post losing the game by just 3 points in the final seconds. 

Jonas Dieterich and Greg Wild led with 21 points each for Loughborough Riders, with  Kyle Jimenez leading the assists (9). 

Head Coach Mark Jarram commentated “Another great competitive game with lots of teachable moments. We have to focus on being more consistent for the duration of the 40 minutes, at the moment we fluctuate too much which creates different runs on both sides of the ball. We look forward to working on this.” 


Riders: Dieterich 21, Wild 21, Jimenez 10, Ndoukou 6, Bielak 5, Ntifo 4, Gugza 3, Hayden 2, Morrell 2, Oputa 2.

Storm:  Poleon 22, Adeluola 20, Williams 18, Oyefusi 13, Abdul 4, Lewis 2.

Riders breeze past hoods

Riders were looking to bounce back after their narrow 80 – 79 defeat against Bradford dragons the day before. They certainly put things right with a convincing 96 – 63 win over the Nottingham Hoods. 

Riders used the depth of their bench well, rotating regularly, allowing them to maintain their high level of play and were rewarded by 47 points from the bench. It was an overall great team performance from the Riders who moved the ball well, finding good shots and making them count throughout the game. The Riders worked well together on offense and defence, opening up a 33-point lead at one point, their biggest of the match. 

Hoods guard Victor Olarerin had a standout performance, keeping his team in the game. Olarerin finished with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Riders had five scorers in double-digits, led by the returning Carl Ntifo who had 19 points and an impressive 88% on FG. 

Head Coach Mark Jarram was very pleased with the performance and commentated “A solid win and bounce back performance from Saturday. We were better in the areas of focus that we set out to be. Becoming more relentless and consistent in our approach and commitment to what matters most is a priority for us.” 

He added “Great to have contributions from throughout the roster. It’s usual routine for us, back to it this week as we continue to build and grow.” 


Riders: C.Ntifo 19, H.Gamble 15, V.Ndoukou 15, D.Orija 11, C.O’reilly 10, K.Jimenez 6, J.Bielak 5, G.Wild 5, D.Oputa 4, C.Hayden 2, C.Morrell 2, L.Johnson 2 

Hoods: V.Olarerin 21, D.Powell 10, K.Wright 8, M.Ward-Hibbert 7, M.Parker 5, I.Patrick 4, P.Ellery 3, T.Babalola 2, B.Adjei 1 

Riders are now preparing to face up against Hemel Storm, who will be visiting on Saturday 20th February with a 2:30pm Tip off. The game will be live to watch on the Basketball England YouTube Channel. 

Victory in London

Riders picked up a 77-62 win on the road against BA London Lions in their first game of 2021 after the WNBL pause. Makana Stone once again had a strong performance, coming close to a triple double. Stone ended the game with 18 points, 15 rebounds and 9 steals. 

Head Coach Antonio Quintero commentated “We were really keen to comeback playing after stopping for a few weeks. The team performed very well, considering that were missing some players due to a WBBL game on the same day. It was a successful performance and a big effort from the roster taking into account that some players were not able to practice properly during the week.”

He added “I think that the key to the game was how we defended intensely and were clever with our shot selection. We were struggling to rebound the ball especially at the beginning of the second half, but we quickly fixed this and got back to playing at a good level. It was a great team performance.” 


Riders: M.Stone 18, S.Lecuyer 13, M.James 12, R.Ainge 11, K.Cox 10, L.Dabbs 8, H.Bird 3, E.Shadrick 2 

Lions: L.Edwards 21, A.Sheia 12, P.Puzule 7, J.Quinn 6, F.Abdelaziz 6, C.Mushore 6, W.Ijelu 2, T.Fournillier-Onadeko 2 

The Riders are once again on the road, facing Team Solent Kestrels Women this Saturday with a 2pm Tip off. 

Riders Fall to Derby

Following the Riders impressive win against Bradford Dragons which saw them into the final four of the L Lynch Trophy, Riders were looking to pick up their third win in the league against top of the table team Derby Trailblazers. 

Riders had a strong game and led for most part of it, with young Charnwood graduates Victor Ndoukou, Greg Wild and Kanu Gudza getting some valuable playing time. However, a fight back from Trailblazers led by Blake Bowman who finished the game with 27 points saw them clinch the victory in this narrow game. 

Kyle Jimenez once again led the assists table (13), with Jonas Dieterich the leading scorer for the Riders (17). It was not the result the Riders were looking for, but it was a highly competitive game that showed the best from both teams. 

Head Coach Mark Jarram said the following on the game “Disappointed in the outcome of this one but another positive performance. We continue to improve and put better performances in weekly so that’s success.”

He added “We have to do a better job of converting scoring opportunities and eliminate some easy scores for opponents. We tip the balance in that way and we’d feel a lot different. But we will continue to learn and build as the season goes on.”


Riders: J.Dieterich 17, K.Jimenez 16, H.Gamble 14, C.Hayden 13, G.Wild 8, D.Orija 3, J.Bielak 3, V.Ndoukou 1

Trailblazers: B.Bowman 27, M.Smith 15, O.Stanley 12, J.Conway 12, C.Brown 6, A.Ugo 3, J.Chilver 2 

Impressive win seals semi-final spot

Loughborough men’s Riders put out one of their best performances of the season to see off Bradford Dragons  91 – 68 in the Quarter Final of the L Lynch Trophy. 

The Dragons came out stronger of the two teams, gaining early momentum to open an early 7-point lead, but a 3-point jump shot from Jonas Dieterich got the Riders into their flow going into second quarter 17-15. Riders carried on in the same fashion in the second quarter with valuable minutes and points from Joe Bielak who insured the Riders maintained the lead. 

Riders controlled the second half not allowing the Dragons to get too comfortable. Moving into the fourth quarter Riders were very much deservingly in control of the game and had a comfortable 23 point led to finish the game, thanks to an impressive 62% 2-point conversion percentage. 

Harrison Gamble led the scoring for the Riders finishing with an impressive 28 points and Kyle Jimenez led the assists again with 16. 

Head Coach Mark Jarram commented “Obviously very happy with the result and to advance to semi-finals but more importantly proud of the performance. Over the past couple weeks, we’ve really tried to focus in on some of the things we can control and becoming better versions of us. It’s nice to see that translate to games a little. 

He added “This game, with a depleted roster, was a gusty and brave performance but another step in the right direction for us collectively on this year’s journey. There were some standout performances for sure, but I thought there were contributions throughout roster in order to put together 40 minutes like we did. Excited to get back into practice this week to keep growing and improving.” 


Riders: H.Gamble 28, J.Dietrich 20, K.Jimenez 18, J.Bielak 12, D.Orija 10, C.Morrell 3

Dragons: R.Sculcs 21, A.Lycoudis 20, R.Fetske 13, A.Margai 6, J.Laing 4, T.Regent-Bascombe 2, D.Walsh 2 

The Riders now prepare for league action against Derby Trailblazers at home on Saturday 30th January. 

WNBL D1 Restructure

Following the decision that WNBL D1 will be on pause until the 30th January when fixtures are due to restart, teams will now only play each other once, either home or away. Riders will travel to BA London Lion on the 30th January for their first game in 2021. 

Once all teams have played their allocated remaining round of fixtures, places 1-6 will form pool A, places 7-12 will form pool B. Pool A will then play for seeds 1-6 in the playoffs, pool B will play for seeds 7-8 in the playoffs. 

Head Coach Antonio Quintero commentated “We are just excited to get back playing and competing again. I am really pleased with how the team is performing at the moment and we will look to carry this on in the rest of our fixtures. I am certain that the players will take the league restructure in their stride and keep performing well.” 

Here are the Riders remaining fixtures before the pool fixture begin on the 10th April

Saturday 30th January Vs BA London Lions (Away 2:00pm Tip off) 

Sunday 14th February Vs CoLA Southwark Pride (Away, 3:00pm Tip off)

Sunday 21st February Vs Anglia Ruskin University (Away, 4:00pm Tip off)

Riders lose to Thames Valley Cavaliers

An unfortunate loss to Loughborough Riders as Thames Valley Cavaliers started strong, ending the game undefeated in the league: 92-79.

For the first three quarters the defensive play from the Cavs disrupted the riders’ offence giving them a lead. Although the Riders Men changed momentum after and saw a quick catch-up, it wasn’t enough to beat the Cavs in the end.

Jonas Dietrich led the scoring for the Riders with 19 points with Kyle Jimenez and Greg Wild both adding 13 to the Riders side. 

Head Coach Mark Jarram quote “A good fight from our guys and a much improved performance. We had a good week and we talked about having a performance we were proud of, the guys never gave up and made an excellent comeback and made a game of it in the fourth quarter despite being down.

He added “A couple made shots and it could have been a different ending. Credit to Thames Valley, that is an extremely talent roster that really score in multiple different ways and will be one of the top teams on everyone’s schedule. We hope to keep the momentum from last week and have another focused and intentional week here to keep developing in the right direction.”  


Loughborough Riders: Dieterich 19, Jimenez 13, Wild 13, Hayden 11, Gamble 9, Bielak 8, Orja 3, Morrell 2, Emejuru 1

Thames Valley Cavaliers :  Johnson 23, Hehetro 16, Hawley 16, Sylla 13, Freckleton 8, Williams 8, Champion 5, Acquah-Davis 3, 

Riders let lead slip

Loughborough Riders let a 13-point lead slip against Team Newcastle University going into the fourth quarter, losing the game 77 – 74. 

Riders looked to be in control for most part of the game with valuable points from Jonas Dieterich (19) and Harrison Gamble (18) with Kyle Jimenez leading the assists (16) but a strong fourth quarter performance from Newcastle University handed the Riders their 3rd loss of the season.     

 Mark Jarram commented “Disappointing loss, but a good one for the teachable moments. Credit to Newcastle for making the momentum plays when it counted but it was very self-inflicted mistakes that they rightfully capitalized on. There are a number of clear things we can’t afford to do, in the manner that we did, especially with a lead.  

He added “We are far from the finished product with this group and we need to use these games maturely with an urgency to adapt for the rest of the season.”   


Riders: J.Dieterich 19, H.Gamble 18, K.Jimenez 13, K.Gudza 8, C.Hayden 6, J.Bielak 5, G.Emejuru 3, D,Orija 2

Newcastle: D.Moya 26, R.Blain 25, B.Federici 9, C.Smith 9, N.Urli 6, E.Kabengele 2 

The Riders are now back in action on the 9th January against Bradford Dragons. 

Riders win with 2 seconds to go

Loughborough Riders defeated top of the league Ipswich 77 – 76 with a big bucket by Makana Stone with 2 seconds left on the clock. 

Ipswich started the better of the two teams opening an early 10-0 lead, their biggest scoring run of the game. Molly James got the Riders going with a 3-point shot which got the Riders into their flow, ending the first quarter 19 – 19. Once again Ipswich looked to get away from the Riders, creating an 8-point lead but a 3-point shot from Robyn Ainge and two lay-ups followed by a brilliant 2 point turn around jump shot from Makana Stone put the Riders in front by 1 point. Ipswich replied with a lay-up from Esther Little, followed by a free throw shot from Harriet Welham giving them a 30 – 32 lead going into the half-time break. 

The Riders came out for the third quarter with unmatched energy from Ipswich, creating a 14-point lead (their biggest of the game) with Molly James hitting three 3-point shots. Harriet Welham kept Ipswich in the game and left them trailing by 4 points heading into final quarter. The final quarter turned into a 3-point shootout with Ipswich’s Susannah Rafiu getting hot and connecting with three 3-point shots giving her team a 1-point lead with 60 seconds left on the clock. Both teams failed to make shots and a foul on Robyn Ainge, forced Riders Head Coach Antonio Quintero into a timeout with 5 seconds left to play. Makana Stone put Riders up by 1 point after a successful lay-up with 2 seconds to go which gave the Riders a win in this exciting game. 

Head Coach Antonio Quintero was delighted with the performance commentating “We believed from the start we could win the game; it was an incredible win. Ipswich are for sure the toughest team in the league, so to win against them in manner we did will give the team a great confidence boost. 

He added “Everyone is adapting to the league well and we are building a good base to be a strong side for the season.”  

Loughborough Riders now prepare to play away to Nottingham Trent University on Saturday 19th December. 


Riders: M.James 24, M.Stone 20, R.Ainge 16, H.Bird 7, K.Januszewska 7, S.Lecuyer 3 

Ipswich: H.Welham 18, E.Little 15, S.Rafiu 15, C.Ka Yin Leung 9, C.Redhead 6, E.Pearson 6, D.Cazey 3, C.Taylor-Willis 2, B.Hardwood-Bellis 2 

Levenston elected to BE board

Riders Managing Director, Russell Levenston, has been elected to the board of Basketball England.

Russell has been with the Riders since 2007, transforming the club both on and off the court. He has been integral in developing the Riders player pathway from Charnwood College through Loughborough University and the senior teams. Having also spent 13 years at Milton Keynes Lions/Hemel Royals as a volunteer then later as a general manager, Levenston has vast experience in the basketball community.

Elected Directors are from within our sport and are appointed through an election process in which BE voting members can vote for their preferred candidate.

Levenston has been appointed an Elected Director for an initial term of three years.

A huge congratulations Russell, from everyone at Leicester Riders, Loughborough Basketball, and Charnwood College.

Loughborough Women win at home against Cardiff Met Archers

Solid win for the Loughborough Riders Women as they beat Cardiff Met Archers 88-71 at home in the WNBL. 

It was a close game in the first half with the score going back and forth between each team. The Riders had three players in double figures, with Molly James leading the way with 21 points, 4 3-pointers, 4 assists and 4 steals. Makana Stone was next up with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Cardiff’s Amber Dean refused to give up as she put up 30 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. However, the Riders put their foot down at the 6-minute mark in the third quarter and never looked back.

“We were always trying to have a high pace but in the first half we couldn’t do it because we were struggling with rebounds. We were also having problems in defence which was the biggest difference in the first half and the second. In the second half the rebounds were better, and we were doing quicker outlets which was key to run the court” Riders’ Head Coach Antonio Quintero on improvements between the two halves.

He highlighted the performance of Makana Stone, who finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists,  ‘She is doing an amazing performance, she is helping a lot with the rebounds and mostly playing a strong defence and developed a very good offence. She is a player who is creating a very big impact in our games so I am very happy with her”.


Riders: James 23, Stone 18, Bird 15, Janueszewka 8, Ainge 8, Lecuyer 8, Hikin 4, Morris 2, Cox 2.

Archers: Deane 30, Richards 10, Roy 10, Bunyan 4, Green 4, Basini-James 2, Kvietinskaite 2, Johnstone 2, Ferguson 1.

The Loughborough Women’s next matchup is against Ipswich Basketball at home on December 12th.

Riders prevail 99 – 97 on the road against Leicester Warriors

Riders made it 2-2 in the league after closely beating the Warriors, Hayden led the scoring with an important 24 points and an impressive 75% field goal percentage. Riders knew that they were in for a close game as they were left trailing by 3 points at half time. However, a dunk by Hayden at the start of the third quarter set the Riders off for a strong quarter, finishing with a 13-point lead.     

After a tense fourth quarter Loughborough Riders came away with the win as Kyle Jimenez continues his incredible form with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 16 assists. Jimenez commented on the team performance saying “We have been playing a better brand of basketball in the last few performances. Leicester are always a tough team to play against especially at their court, I thought we had multiple guys make a big impact today.” 

Head Coach Mark Jarram was glad to be on the winning side of a close game “Another close, grind it out win. It’s good to be on the winning side of these close games but it is being done whilst we continue to learn and grow. We just want to adapt during the phase of the season. Continued key contributions from some guys but also great to see players off the bench chipping in.”


Warriors: Langton 24, Henry 17, Pearson 14, Gayle 10, King 9, Willan 9, Chingombe 8, Holland 4, Lewis 2

Riders: Hayden 24, Dieterich 23, Bielak 16, Jimenez 15, Gamble 11, Gudza 4, Morrel 2, Oloke 2, Emejuru 2

Riders are next back in action away to Team Newcastle University on the 12th December. 

Riders strong performance defeats Cavaliers

Loughborough Riders success as they defeat Thames Valley Cavaliers at their Saturday afternoon home WNBL Division 1 game.

Dominating on the court with a final score of 72-53, the team began with a promising lead which they kept from start to finish. The women created a 32 point advantage at half time, and were able to confidently start the second half at 47-15. 

The Cavaliers pushed through with resilience, showing no signs of giving up anytime soon. Adjusting their game play and returning to the floor with a strong defensive final quarter, we saw great work from the team. However, Riders played to their strengths, keeping the game fast paced and triumphed in the end.

“We played with a very high pace which we have been aiming for the whole week, and we did it. We were leading in the half time because we were able to collect the rebounds and move quick which was the key thing”. Explained Riders’ Head Coach Antonio Quintero.

He added “ We had a very good game as a group. We started practising very late due to the Covid restrictions, and I think that week by week we are going up, and that is the goal as a coach”.

Ainge’s led with 21 points for Loughborough Riders, followed by James at 14, whilst  Thames Valley’s Cavaliers’ Goldsby dropped 21 points on the court.


Riders: Ainge 21, James 14, Stone 12, Dabbs 8, Lecuyer 5, Shaw 4, Januszewska 4, Bird 2, Cox 2

Cavaliers: Goldsby 21, Okwuosa 9, Dela 6, Lisk 6, Bush 4, Bishop 3, Sironi 2, Abramova 2,

Next, Riders face BA London Lions with an away game on Saturday 5th December.

Riders through to the L Lynch Trophy Quarter final

Loughborough Riders continue their good form with a strong showing to beat the Nottingham Hoods 85-56 in this Lynch Trophy matchup, confirming their 1st place seed in the tournament. 

Riders’ Jonas Dieterich led the scoring with 22 points on the night, but it was captain Kyle Jimenez who stole the show with a classy performance. A worthy MVP, he controlled the tempo of the game, clocking in 35 minutes with 16 rebounds, 13 assists and 9 points, leaving him just a point away from a 2nd triple double in his last 2 games. From setting up baskets and bringing each player into the play, to slowing the game down in the final quarter to manage the game, his unselfish play was a joy to watch from start to finish. 16 points off the bench, a notable dunk and a big block to deny Nottingham in the 4th quarter, demonstrated an impressive showing from Carl Ntifo likewise.

The Riders moved the ball extremely well all game, picking the right passes and taking the higher percentage shots, with 48 points in the paint to Hoods’ 26. Loughborough’s 47% field goal shooting to Nottingham’s 34% and 30 points off the bench to Hoods’ 17, it’s clear to see the wealth of quality Loughborough carry throughout the roster. Despite a lively showing from Victor Olarerin with 20 points, Nottingham couldn’t escape the Rider’s defensive press, and were forced to shoot the tough shots – a testament to the game plan set out by Rider’s coach Mark Jarram today. With a young team of nearly entirely new players this season, we can expect to see better games ahead for Nottingham; tonight being only their 2nd game back since Lockdown. 

Head Coach Mark Jarram commented of the win saying “Great win. It’s nice to again get contributions throughout the roster, but more importantly to play the same team 3 days apart and get such a different result, guys were much better at following game plan and scout. A much more mature and composed performance but still so much room for growth ahead. We will continue to focus on being better every game.” 

Next up for the Riders is a game against the Leicester Warriors away on Saturday 28th November with a 3pm tip off. 

Riders clinch a 77 – 74 victory over hoods in a hard-fought game.

Loughborough Riders came out on top in a very tough game against the Nottingham hoods.  

As the game tipped off Riders opened up an 8-point lead, their biggest of the game but a few poor turnovers and efficient offence from the Hoods left them trailing by just 1 point at the end of the first quarter. Riders edged the Hoods with an impressive 93% conversion rate from the free throw line by making 15/16 and also making 19/33 2-point shots resulting in a much needed 57% conversion rate. Once again Jonas Dieterich, 25 and Harrison Gamble 12, led the scoring for the Riders. 

Head Coach Mark Jarram commented on the win saying  “Really positive to have an improved performance and contributions from throughout the roster. It was a tough grind it out win. We still have plenty of areas of growth, but it’s since to get a win whilst we continue to look to improve as we go!” 

He added “We shift our focus to Tuesday where we again simply pursuit an improved performance on our areas of focus.”  


Hoods: Olarerin 20, Powell 15, Parker 9, Juffer 9, Adjei 8, Ward-Hibbert 7, Babalola 6

Riders: Dieterich 25, Gamble 12, Jimenez 9, Hayden 8, Bielak 6, Emejuru 6, Ntifo 4, Orija 4, Johnson 3 

The Riders will once again face the Hoods on Tuesday evening in the L Lynch Trophy with a 7pm Tip off at Loughborough University. 

A competitive bout from start to finish ended with the Wolves claiming a 67 – 82 victory in overtime 1.

Loughborough Riders fell a hard-fought overtime defeat at home against Worcester Wolves in their 2nd competitive game of their WNBL Division One season. 

The game was end to end throughout, with both teams applying full court pressure all game. The Riders ended the 1stquarter in the lead, but the Wolves ended the 2nd quarter strong, with 3 consecutive threes to put the Wolves ahead going into the 3rd quarter. Makana Stone stood out with her physicality, especially late in the game, ending with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Riders to pull ahead late in the game. 

Riders Head Coach Antonio Quintero commented “We played a very even game, where both teams were able to win. We made too many mistakes in our offensive transitions and had problems against the good pressing of Wolves. For sure this is something we will fix for our next fixture. Without any doubt they arrived with more gas than us to the overtime and deserved the victory, so all credit to their work.” 

He commented on the team’s development by saying “For us, it was a new situation that will surely make us grow as a team and gain experience. We are gradually building a strong group and I am sure that we will see improvement every week, I think that’s extremely important for us that our young players acquire this type of experience in key moments of the game where the pressure is high to keep themselves as competitive players.”   

Christina Gaskin of the Leicester Riders on commentary singled out Marques as her MVP for the game, with a game high 27 points showing her offensive prowess and drove the Wolves to a late comeback. The Wolves tied the game with a three in the last 20 seconds forcing overtime and carried their momentum into overtime ending the game 82-67. Their defensive intensity was relentless and this and their field goal shooting percentage of 36% to the Rider’s 32% ended up being the difference between the two sides. 

The Riders will now prepare to play at home against the Thames Valley Cavaliers on Saturday 28th November with a 1pm tip off. Livestream details to follow.  

Riders Women take victory over Reading to improve to 1-1 in NBL play.

Riders Women clinch their first win of the 2020/21 season, at home against Reading Rockets in second league game.

Women grabbed a 64-61 victory in a game which they led from start to finish. Katie Januszewska opened the scoring for the Riders with a driving layup, marking the beginning of the Riders scoring 30 points in the paint. Rockets stayed in touching distance of taking the lead in the game but were outdone by the efficiency of the Riders who scored 17 second chance points.

Makana Stone had an outstanding debut performance with a huge 18 points and 25 rebounds, earning her the spot as WNBL Player of the week. The American forward took down an impressive 11 offensive boards, with a huge block in the first quarter and three steals across the ball game.

Head Coach Antonio Quintero was pleased with the win and commented on Makana’s performance saying “Makana had an amazing performance, showing leadership and full effort during the whole time she spent on court. She adapted very well and incredibly fast to our playing philosophy and I am very sure that as the season progresses Makana will improve adding more value to the team week by week.” 

He added “Getting our first win of the season is a great motivational boost which will help us to continue working hard and building our game philosophy as well as evolving as a team. By the end of the game, we were able to solve some trapping and pressing situations and it was encouraging to see us calm the pace of the game to our advantage.”


Riders: Stone 18, Bird 11, Hikin 9, Ainge 7, James 6, Januszewska 4, Dabbs 4, Morris 3, Cox 2.

Rockets: Hermida Nunez 17, Gines Espinosa 14, Comesana 14, Thompson 6, Burgess 6, Ford 2, Luzon 2.

The Riders next test will be on the 21st November with a home game against the Worcester Wolves. Livestream details to follow.

Riders Men fall to Barking Abbey London Lions on the road in second NBL game

A game that the Riders were in control of, slipped away from them with 5 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Jonas Dietrich led the scoring for the Riders with 20 points, meanwhile in his second game for the team, youngster Kanu Gudza added a valuable 16 points with a 60% field goal percentage.

Head Coach Mark Jarram was disappointed by the loss “We were in control and let that one get away. Credit to Barking, they played their tails off and created some momentum and maintained that momentum.”

He added “We have to look after the basketball better for us to improve as a team and become more clinical. It will be a major focus moving forward. But it is all part of the process. We learn, adapt and we move on. This season is going to be full of teachable moments for us to grow.”


BA London Lions: Harrison 21, Eze 18, Hayes 16, Vijber 14, Okunola 11, Adedo 9, Carmichael 2

Loughborough Riders: Dieterich 20, Gudza 16, Gamble 15, Jimenez 15, Orija 9,  Emejuru 7, Johnson 4

Riders now prepare to get their first win of the 2020/21 season away to Nottingham Hoods on the 21st November.

Loughborough Riders Men & Women open NBL season with defeat to Solent.

It was a tough opening day at home for both the Men’s and Women’s team who fell short against two very good Solent Kestrel sides.

First game of the day saw the Men’s side which included three new faces step up to the roster, from the Charnwood Riders; Giovani Emejuru and Kanu Gudza and from Loughborough University second team last season, Conor O’Reilly took the floor for the first time. Loughborough faced off against a powerhouse Solent side who made the most of getting into the paint. Jonas Dietrich (19 points) and Harrison Gamble (11 points) led the scoring for Loughborough Riders but a 63% 2 point conversion rate saw the Kestrels seal the victory.

Men’s Head Coach Mark Jarram commented “Credit to Solent, the roster they have complied this year and the brand of basketball they are playing is impressive.”

He added “We are looking forward to the growth over the course of the season and are very intrigued to what type of team we will become as we settle into the season.”

Next up the Women’s team put up a good fight but were out done by an experienced Kestrel sides that controlled the tempo in the second half and took advantage of the Riders being unable to stop them in the paint by scoring 48 points in the game.

Erin Hikin led the scoring for the Riders with 26 points, followed by Hannah Bird who scored 12 points.

Women’s head coach Antonio Quintero said, “We have a very young roster and most of the players will be gaining valuable experience game by game; this will help us to build the chemistry we need to grow as a team and get the right results.”

Loughborough Men will now prepare to face off against Leicester Warriors on Tuesday night at 8pm at Loughborough University in their second game in the L Lynch Trophy. The game will be live to watch on Basketball England’s YouTube Page.

The Women will look to get back to winning ways against the Reading Rockets in their second league game on Saturday 14th November with a 4pm tip off.

Loughborough improve to 2-0 in L Lynch Trophy

Loughborough Riders claimed a narrow victory over Leicester Warriors winning by 83-80.

Riders took advantage of the Warrior’s lack of size, going to work inside early and often resulting in 60 points in the paint on the game. The Riders fell behind in the second quarter before a scoring burst before the half gave them a narrow lead at the break.

Warriors rallied in the fourth to cut the game close but Loughborough kept their resolve late to improve to 2-0 in the competition, and 2-1 on the season in the NBL.

Kyle Jimenez played the full game, proving to be influential at both ends of the court and got a triple double (13 points, 10 rebounds, 14 assists) to show for it. Harrison Gamble led the scoring for the Riders with a solid 24 points and 11 rebounds to seal the win.

“Warriors are always a tough game. They are disruptive and relentless and do good job making things scrappy and never go away forcing us to really earn that win and grind it out,” said Loughborough Head Coach Mark Jarram.

“It’s still very early for us and so much to work on. It’s good to have games with so many teachable moments.

We have to be mature and learn and progress from here. We move on with our sole focus on being better than our last game.”

Loughborough Riders will look to continue to build on this performance when they travel to face Barking Abbey on Saturday 14th November in NBL Division One League action.

Loughborough Open L Lynch Trophy with Victory over Charnwood.

Loughborough Riders took victory over the Charnwood College Riders in the L Lunch Trophy to being the season after delays caused by COVID protocols in the opening two weeks.

Both sides were slow to open the game, with Loughborough being the first to strike and open a small lead behind the inside play of newcomer CJ Hayden, to lead 17-13 at the first break.

Charnwood’s Greg Wild exploded in the game, leading the way for Charnwood on route to 28 points on 7-11 shooting to help Charnwood out to a lead until mid-way through the final quarter.

Jonas Dieterich (21 points, 9 rebounds) and Harrison Gamble (27 points, 11 rebounds) led the way scoring wise for the Loughborough Riders and it was a fourth quarter explosion on the offensive end that saw the home team extend the lead and grab victory.

“No doubt great to be back playing and we want to make the most of it whilst we can,” commented Coach Jarram.

“But definitely showing the anticipated challenges of a new group and our first game in long time. We have many things to work on and look forward to building and figuring it all out.”

Kyle Jimenez produced a staple all round game with 13 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds to open the year whilst Justin Hedley finished with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in his Loughborough debut following his transfer from Germany.


Loughborough now look to Tuesday where they will face off against the Nottingham Hoods in their second game of the L Lynch Trophy, back home at Loughborough University and live on Basketball England’s Youtube page.

Justin Hedley Joins Loughborough Riders

German born, British guard Justin Hedley joins the Loughborough Riders ahead of the upcoming NBL and BUCS seasons.

Justin Hedley joins the Loughborough Riders following time in Pro B Division in Germany with Oberhaching Tropics, Kirchheim Knights in Pro A and most recently German side HANAU White Wings.

“Loughborough is an elite University for both academics and sport and the Riders are well known as one of the best organisations in the country.” commented Hedley on making the move to the UK. “The programme has had success with players excelling athletically and academically.”

Hedley joins Loughborough University to study Biological Sciences, alongside his playing commitments and Coach Jarram will be looking for continued development from the young guard.

“Justin joins us following some stand out performances across the German leagues in recent seasons,” said Coach Jarram.

“He is a competitive guard with composure and experience who embraces the challenge of making it tough for opposing guards and will really compliment our defensive identity.”

Hedley has been with the team throughout pre-season and will be available for action on November 1st as the Loughborough Riders take on the Charnwood College Riders in the opening game of the L Lynch Trophy at Loughborough University. The game will be available to watch online on Basketball England’s Youtube channel with updates throughout the game at @lborobasketball.

Dwayne Orija Joins Loughborough Riders

Talented 1995 born guard Dwayne Orija joins the Loughborough Basketball programme following time overseas at Missouri State West Plains, Gillett College and Florida Tech.

The Barking Abbey alumnus featured on multiple Junior National Teams before heading stateside, returning to the UK to play on home soil for the first time since 2015.

“The programme here offers an opportunity for me to continue my studies whilst continuing playing,” commented Orija. “There a great facilities and I like the setup of the whole programme. I cant wait to to know the team as we go through the year together and look forward to improving on my game whilst being a part of the programme.”

London native Orija is one of many new faces on the Loughborough Riders programme this season and Coach Jarram is looking forward to seeing what he can do.

“Dwayne joins after stops over in the US. He will bring a level of experience and an ability to score the ball in multiple ways and is a fairly versatile player who can both play and guard different positions.”

Check out some throwback highlights from @Hoopsfix from back in 2012.

Young guns named to Hoopsfix rosters

Hoopsfix has revealed the rosters for the 2020 Hoopsfix All-Star Classic, despite its cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual event – supported by Nike and 5or6 – would have brought together the top male and female junior players of their generation to play in three All-Star games across two days.

Congratulations to our pathway players Hannah Dawson, Molly James, Alex Baker, Victor Ndoukou, Giovanni Emejuru, Blaize Sagna, Greg Durand and Chester Morrell who were all named in the rosters.

The five previous events have all sold out in advance and another capacity crowd was anticipated in Brixton for the 2020 edition, which was originally scheduled for June before its cancellation.

“Though we are absolutely gutted to have had to cancel the event this year, we felt announcing the selected players is a small gesture to show recognition of those who would have been suiting up,” said Sam Neter, owner of Hoopsfix.

“Despite the event not happening, we will class those selected this year as alumni as with every other year, and they will be listed on the new website – launching soon – with player profiles.

“Congratulations to all those selected, and massive respect to all the clubs, coaches and people who contributed to their development. We look forward to following their progress and development in the coming years.”

With countless national titles and a wealth of junior international experience between them, the rosters represent a glimpse into the future of British basketball and include both domestic and foreign-based players.

The full selections for each game are as follows with name, height, position, and their 2019-20 programme as selections were based on performances up until the end of last season.

Class of 2020 Rosters

Team Black

David Chive, 6’0”, Guard, John Madejski Academy
Chris Feeney, 6’2″, Guard, Barking Abbey
Bradley Kaboza, 6’2″, Guard, Myerscough
Charlie Brown, 6’3″, Guard, Derby
Lewis McGlasson, 6’4″, Guard, Myerscough
Asher Ndah, 6’4″, Guard, John Madejski Academy
Eljay Morris, 6’4″, Guard/Forward, Governor’s Academy (USA)
Richard Amaefule, 6’9″, Forward, Bishop Lynch  (USA)
Sanmi Fajana, 6’8″, Forward, Myerscough
Amari Williams, 6’10”, Forward/Centre, Myerscough
Josh Ogundele, 6’11”, Forward/Centre, Worcester Academy  (USA)
Matt Marsh, 7’0”, Forward/Centre, FC Barcelona (Spain)

Team White

Blaize Sagna, 6’2″, Guard, Charnwood
Louis Norton, 5’10”, Guard, Barking Abbey
Ben Winter, 6’3″, Guard, Ipswich
Chester Morrell, 6’2″, Guard, Canterbury
Taiga Forster, 6’1″, Guard, Itchen
Greg Durand, 6’5″, Guard, Charnwood
Vasja Pandza, 6’8”, Guard, The Hotchkiss School (USA)
Tomiwa Sulaiman, 6’6” Forward, West Nottingham Academy  (USA)
Tom Sowoolu, 6’8″, Forward, Barking Abbey
Eduardo Andre, 6’10”, Forward, AZ Compass Prep School (USA)
Sam Chigbo, 6’11”, Forward/Centre, Myerscough
Theo Hughes, 7’0″, Centre, Barking Abbey

Underclassmen Rosters

Team Black

Cameron Hildreth, 6’5″, Guard, Holy Trinity
Latrell Maitland, 6’1″, Guard, John Madejski Academy
Elijah Walsh, 6’4”, Guard, Queen Ethelburga’s
Jacob Morgan, 6’0″, Guard, Ipswich
Michael Belle, 6’6″, Guard, Strasbourg (France)
Sam Alajiki, 6’7″, Guard, Beckley Prep (USA)
Flynn Boardman-Raffet, 6’4″, Guard/Forward, Barking Abbey
Blake Bowman, 6’5″, Guard/Forward, Derby Trailblazers
Franklin Agu, 6’6″, Forward, Myerscough
Sam Grant, 6’8″, Forward, John Madejski Academy
Josh Ijeh, 6’8″, Forward, BMET James Watt College
Ethan Price, 6’10”, Forward, Ipswich

Team White

Quinn Ellis, 6’3″, Guard, Orlandina (Italy)
Alex Distras, 6’0″, Guard, Haringey
Josh Uduje, 6’6″, Guard, Knox School (USA)
Owen Young, 6’4″, Guard, Haringey
Wakeem Richardson, 6’3″, Guard, BMET James Watt College
Veron Eze, 6’4″, Guard, Barking Abbey
Jeremy Sochan, 6’8″, Forward, La Lumiere (USA)
Moses Gordon, 6’6″, Forward, New City
Abiodun Adedo, 6’5″, Forward, St Charles
Giovanni Emejuru, 6’10”, Forward, Charnwood
Victor Ndoukou, 6’8″, Forward, Charnwood
Ndwedo Newbury, 6’8”, Forward, Haringey

Under-19 Women Rosters

Team Black

Ella Doherty, 5’11”, Guard, Caledonia Pride
Jade Mbam, 5’7″, Guard, Manchester Mystics
Mariam Olawoyin, 5’5″, Guard, Nottingham
Molly James, 5’9″, Guard, Charnwood
Tamara Fournillier Onadeko, 5’10”, Guard, Barking Abbey
Hannah Dawson, 5’10”, Guard/Forward, Charnwood
Rebecca Dwomoh, 5’10”, Guard/Forward, Femeni Maresm (Spain)
Esther Little, 6’2″, Guard/Forward, Copleston
Jannike Marshall, 6’0″, Forward, Caledonia Pride
MJ Sarkodee-Adoo, 6’2″, Forward, City of London Academy
Molly Lavin, 6’2″, Forward, Richmond Knights
Louise Rouse, 6’2″, Forward, Oaklands
Isimenme Ozzy-Momodu, 6’1″, Centre, City of London Academy

Team White

Amelia Sandie, 5’7″, Guard, City of London Academy
Abbey Whitehouse, 5’9″, Guard, Sheffield
Asha Andrews, 5’7″, Guard, Sevenoaks Suns
Charlotte Redhead, 5’7″, Guard, Copleston
Ella Pearson, 5’10”, Guard/Forward, Copleston
Simona Henshaw, 5’10”, Forward, City of London Academy
Shaniya Rose, 6’0″, Forward, Nottingham Wildcats
Susannah Rafiu, 6’1″, Forward, Copleston
Pollyanna Storie, 6’2″, Forward, Caledonia Pride
Adaobi Nebuwa, 5’10”, Forward, City of London Academy
Cameron Taylor-Willis, 6’0″, Forward, Copleston
Emma Imevbore, 6’4″, Centre, London Thunder
Alex Baker, 6’2″, Centre, Charnwood

Club statement: COVID-19

This morning we received formal confirmation which shows that several members of the Riders programme have tested positive for COVID-19.

Leicester Riders’ priority is the health and well-being of its players and staff throughout its pathway programme.

The members who have tested positive, and people living in the same proximity, will now strictly follow government self-isolation guidelines.

We also have a wider care and responsibility to the players and staff from opposing teams. Therefore, with an abundance of caution, we have informed the BBL and Basketball England, and have cancelled the behind closed doors pre-season away Riders game against Bristol Flyers, scheduled for Friday night, and this weekend’s games for Loughborough Riders and Charnwood Riders.

Milo Sigmund Returns from the US to attend Loughborough

Nottingham native Milo Sigmund joins the Loughborough Riders following a season overseas at Vincennes Trailblazers.

Sigmund produced an impressive EABL season with the Canterbury Crusaders earning Most Improved Player honors before being ranked 20th by the Deng Top 50 and then heading oversas.

Loughborough is a great programme with high quality coaching, great facilities and championships,” opened Sigmund.

“I think it’ll be the right environment for me to develop in. With players who will push me everyday on my team it will definitely help me grow individually.”

Head Coach Mark Jarram is looking to Sigmund to add value in a number of ways whilst developing through his time in Loughborough.

“Milo is a swiss army knife of a player who can contribute in multiple different ways. We are eager to see how he embraces this next step in his journey and look forward being a part of it.”

Chris Linsley Returns to the UK & joins Loughborough Riders

Loughborough Riders welcome back to the UK Newcastle native Chris Linsley following a year overseas in Portugal at Sunlive and Sangalhos.

Linsley returns to the UK following one season with Sangalhos in Portugal as part of Sunlive Basketball academy after developing through the Newcastle Eagles junior programme, earning a Deng Top 50 invitation.

“I chose the Loughborough Riders programme because I believe it will be the best play for me to develop,” commented Linsley.

“This season will be the first time I have committed to a team long term outside of Newcastle. I’m excited to learn and adjust to a new culture and methods.”

Head Coach Mark Jarram is looking for impact on the defensive end to compliment the sharp shooting of Linsley in the upcoming seasons.

“Chris joins us after a year in Portugal. We hope to see Chris make an impact at both ends of the floor as a 3 and D guy and we’re really looking forward to supporting him through his journey over the coming years.”

Linsley and Loughborough take the floor against the Nottingham Hoods as the L Lunch Trophy gets underway in Loughborough this weekend and games will be available to watch online.

Fixtures Confirmed as Lynch Trophy Begins Saturday

Loughborough University will play host to the group stage of the inaugural Lynch Trophy starting this weekend. The opening group stage will feature 24 high-quality games for British basketball fans to watch online over three weekends.

The competition sees all 14 NBL Division One clubs, together with invited academy sides Myerscough and Charnwood, competing in four regional groups of four. Playing each other once, the top two sides in each group will progress to the quarter-finals.

All games in the group stage will be played in central bubbles and will be livestreamed.

“We’re delighted to introduce the Lynch Trophy at part of our campaign to improve the profile of Division One,” said Leicester Riders’ MD Russell Levenston, who represents the top-flight clubs on the Basketball England working group along with Thames Valley Cavaliers’ Robert Banks and Dave Ryan of Oaklands Wolves.

“Our partnership with L Lynch is exciting for us and we hope that the competition will help get basketball back in front of supporters after the problems Covid-19 has caused.”

Group one will be hosted by Solent Kestrels at their impressive new venue and will see the all-conquering Division One and National Cup champions joined by old rivals Worthing Thunder along with BA London Lions and division new-boys Essex Rebels.

Oaklands Wolves have a top-flight team for the first time following their merger with one of the most famous names in the British games, Leopards, and the St Albans-based side will host Group Two. They will be joined by neighbours Hemel Storm along with old rivals Reading Rockets and Thames Valley Cavaliers.

Midlands pride is on the line in Group Three as Loughborough Riders host Nottingham Hoods and Leicester Warriors along with Charnwood who will look to cause an upset.

Myerscough will stage Group Four, and they will be joined by Division Two champions Newcastle, Bradford Dragons and Derby Trailblazers.

The group stages will be played over three weekends, the 10/11, 17/18 and 24/25 October.

Check out the Loughborough Riders fixtures in the competition.

  • Oct 10th – 6.45pm – Loughborough Riders vs Nottingham Hoods
  • Oct 17th – 6.45pm – Loughborough Riders vs Leicester Warriors
  • Oct 24th – 6.45pm – Loughborough Riders vs Charnwood College Riders

Jeremy Lievin Joins the Loughborough Riders

Newcastle native, 6’10 forward Jeremy Lievin joins the Loughborough Riders from Oaklands College ahead of the upcoming NBL and BUCS Seasons.

The EABL Northern Conference Most Improved Player two seasons ago moves north from Oaklands College to continue his basketball whilst studying sport, noting Loughborough developmental reputation as a primary reason for the move.

“I chose Loughborough because of their reputation and development of talent, it’s a good programme to develop my skills on court and to test myself on a higher level over the coming years.”

“I look forward to working with my new teammates and just competing every game and training session.”

Looking forward to this new chapter for Jermey,” said Coach Jarram on the latest addition to the roster.

“His size and length is something special, whilst coming off a positive EABL season we’ll be looking for more of the same from him as he transitions to a new level of basketball. Excited to support his journey with us.”

Loughborough Riders are in action this weekend against the Nottingham Hoods in the opening game of the L Lynch Trophy at Loughborough University at 6.45pm. The game will be available to watch online, watch out for announcements and stream links at @lborobasketball.

CJ Hayden Joins the Loughborough Riders

Birmingham native CJ Hayden joins the Loughborough Riders ahead of the upcoming NBL and BUCS Premier seasons returning to the UK from Gillette College in the US.

Great Britain U20 forward CJ Hayden will be attending Loughborough this semester after returning form playing in the US.

“I chose Loughborough because I believe it is the best programme for university players to achieve an education and play at the top level in the UK with such amazing facilities and coaches,” commented Hayden.

“I’m looking forward to showing the UK what I have to bring to the team and chase silverware during my time here.”

CJ Hayden at the Deng Top 50

Coach Jarram is pleased to have CJ join the team and is impressed by his competitive nature during pre-season action.

“We are thrilled to add CJ to our group for the coming season, he competes at both ends of the floor, is a physical presence and plays with an infectious energy.

“He is the ultimate teammate and we are excited to see him expand his game during his time as part of our programme.”

Loughborough will take the floor this weekend as the L Lynch Trophy begins to mark the start of the season for the Riders.

Basketball returns with the National Lynch Trophy

The 2020/21 basketball season will tip-off on October 10 with a new piece of silverware on offer for teams in NBL Division One following the creation of the Lynch Trophy.

The competition sees all 14 of the Basketball England NBL Division One clubs, with invited academy sides Myerscough and Charnwood, competing in four regional groups of four.

The group stages will be played over three weekends, the 10/11, 17/18 and 24/25 October, and will be used as trial events for the coming season. The games will provide controlled windows for clubs, officials, coaches and players to understand the ‘new normal’ and how games will need to be conducted before NBL Division One commences on October 31/November 1.

Playing each other once, the top two sides in each group will progress to the quarter-finals. All games in the group stage will be played in four central bubbles and will be livestreamed.

Gail Richards, Basketball England’s Senior Delivery Manager said: “We are really pleased to support and work together with NBL1 clubs to form this pre-season event.

“We are coming through a difficult time for the sport and we are confident the event will help us understand some of the challenges faced by players, clubs and officials heading into the new season, while giving the teams the opportunity for some competitive action.”

Rob Lynch, Director L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage, said: “We’re really looking forward to working with the NBL clubs as the National Lynch Trophy 2020/21 commences and we help restart professional basketball in England.

 “It’s great to be involved in a national competition with clubs stretching from Newcastle, to the south coast where we expect Worthing and Solent to challenge, and with Hemel Storm and Oaklands Wolves on our doorstep. We know there will be some entertaining games. The Lynch Trophy 2020/21 is an exciting new tournament and we’re excited to play a part.”

Hemel Hempstead MP Sir Mike Penning, who is also the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for basketball, and represents the constituency where Lynch are based: “I am delighted to see the return of another national competition for the NBL1 teams and also the support of a commercial partner in Lynch. This new competition speaks to the APPG vision of a stronger and more commercially viable framework for semi-professional basketball in this country.”

Follow the Lynch Trophy on Twitter @LynchTrophy and Instagram @LLynchTrophy

About L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage

With an expansive fleet of modern plant and equipment, Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage provides operated, self-drive and contract hire plant to a variety of sectors within the construction arena. Contracts within the civil engineering, rail engineering, public utilities, ground works, highways maintenance, demolition and winter maintenance sectors all offer Lynch the opportunity to build a wide portfolio of skills within a variety of areas.

Jonathan Fakile & Chester Morrell join Loughborough Riders

Freshman duo Chester Morrell and Jonathan Fakile have joined the Loughborough Riders ahead of the upcoming NBL and BUCS seasons after time spent at Kent Crusaders last season

The Deng Top 50 duo will start the season with the Loughborough Riders later this month following an uncertain period for British Basketball due to the COVID-19 pandemic however with the NBL Division One season green lit for now duo will provide assistance to the new look Loughborough roster.

A fiery competitor and an offensive threat,” said Coach Jarram on Morrell as he starts his time at Loughborough.

“We have been watching Chester closely for the last couple of years. We are excited to have him join our programme and supporting him on the next steps of his basketball and academic journey.”

Brighton native Chester Morrell joins from Kent Crusaders, being names All-EABL Second team for the 2019 season and impressive performances at the Haris Tournament this past season.

The university and basketball team is one the elite and leading programmes in the UK,” commented Morrell, “I could see myself representing Loughborough and am looking forward to the new teammates, atmosphere at practice and on campus and coaching styles, as all will push me to develop and be my best.”

Coach Jarram is excited for the future of Fakile following preseason action with the Loughborough team.

“Jono is a player with a tonne of potential as a floor general and leader and has shown glimpses in pre-season that have us excited for his time with us in the programme. He fits our playing style well and has made a great first impression so far.”

Fakile will have a familiar face in Morrell following time together at Canterbury and Kent Crusaders, where Fakile was named the team’s MVP for the U18 season alongside achieving academic awards at the college for his outstanding commitment to his studies.

“I feel this programme is a step in the right direction in helping me to get a degree and pursue competitive basketball,” reflected Fakile.

“I am looking forwards to getting to learn from the returning players and getting to wear the Loughborough purple.”

For more news from Loughborough basketball be sure to follow @lborobasketball on all social media platforms.

Men’s and Women’s Fresher Trials Confirmed

Loughborough Basketball’s Men’s and Women’s trails have been confirmed ahead of the first week of term as students have returned to campus.

Places on rosters of the four Men’s teams and three Women’s teams as well as the Men’s Development Squad will be up for grabs.

Women’s Trials

Women’s trials are confirmed for Sunday 25th Oct starting at 1pm.

Due to COVID protocols capacity of 12 students per court will be in place and as such players should book on to one of three slots, 1-1.50pm, 2-2.50pm and 3-3.50pm.

  • Download the Loughborough Sport App
  • Register on the app
  • Click Trials and Taster Section
  • Select the trial session you wish to attend and press book
  • Your details will automatically be recorded, ready for your arrival at the session

Be sure to arrive on time and ensure you are ready to play at the start of the session to avoid delays.

Men’s Trials

If you missed trials, drop an email to [email protected]

Student Committee Named as season approaches

Loughborough Basketball has named it’s student committee ahead of the upcoming season with students returning to Loughborough University this week.

The student committee play a key role in the Loughborough basketball programme, working with the professional staff in a multitude of areas to ensure the programme continues to grow, as well as the student voice represented in decisions on all things basketball.

Please feel reach out to @lborobasketball on social media for answers on any questions related to the basketball programme.

Get to know this year’s student committee here.

  • Tegan Hargreaves – Women’s Club Chair
  • Studies: Geography and sport science
  • Fun fact: Grew up in Germany
  • Elliott Walker – Men’s Club Chair
  • Studying: Geography
  • Fun Fact: Only started playing basketball after fracturing his spine and ended up loving it.
  • Niall Waring – Men’s Vice Chair & IMS Chair
  • Studies: Graphic Communication and Illustration 
  • Fun fact: Nearly failed Art in High school but still went on to study it in University
  • Meg Palmer – Women’s Vice Chair
  • Studies: Sport and Exercise Science
  • Fun fact: Can do a backflip
  • Astrid Reece – Women’s Welfare and diversity
  • Studies: International relations
  • Fun fact: Tegan Lucy and I all played against each other in international tournaments in high school. 
  • Carl Ntifo – Treasurer
  • Studies: Computer Science
  • Fun fact: I can sing and play the violin and guitar
  • Jack Osmond – Social Sec
  • Studies: Sports Coaching
  • Fun fact: I have played sport all around the world, including USA, Finland and Germany
  • Ruby Coutts – Social Sec
  • Studies: Sports Management
  • Fun fact: Can quickly recite the alphabet backwards
  • Lucy Carton – Social Sec
  • Studies: Business Psychology
  • Fun fact: Can name every single country in the world
  • Miharu Ramanayake – Kit Sec and Treasurer
  • Studies: Computer science and management
  • Fun fact: Trilingual and born in Japan
  • Charlotte Rainton – Media Rep
  • Studies: Sport and Exercise Science
  • Fun fact: I can touch my nose with my tongue

Jozef Bielak Returns to the Riders in Loughborough

Jozef Bielak is set to return to the UK next season following a stint at Sheridan College, after graduating Charnwood College in 2019 as an EABL Champion with the Riders programme.

Bielak featured in the 2019 edition of the Deng Top 50 and the Hoopsfix All-Star Classic before earning a scholarship to Sheridan College to play and study in the US last season.

Back in on home soil, the Liverpool native is looking forward to the upcoming season studying within the Elite Player Pathway at Loughborough University, despite the uncertainty around the sport due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m really looking forward to being around great people and other athletes who have competed at the highest level.” commented Bielak.

“I chose Loughborough because of the winning environment and high standards of education. It’s one of the few places in the U.K. that can provide a similar experience to a number of places in the states.”

Loughborough Head Coach Mark Jarram is pleased with the roster addition of Bielak ahead of the upcoming NBL and BUCS seasons with a 3-4 year journey ahead for the talented shooting guard.

A graduate of Charnwood College and someone very familiar with our programme, Joe will come in to our group and add shooting and great determination to win. We are really intrigued to see how his game can translate and grow over his time here.

Be sure to follow @lborobasketball for further roster updates coming soon ahead of the NBL season in October.

Joe Bielak drives the lane
Loughborough Riders core set to Return

Loughborough Riders will boast a large returning core ahead of the NBL and BUCS Premier seasons, with key faces making a return to the line up ahead of a unusual season set to begin.

Jonas Dieterich, Kyle Jimenez, Liam Johnson, Carl Ntifo, Harrison Gamble, David Oputa return to the Loughborough side as a positive returning core for Coach Jarram’s roster with Loughborough second team players Conor O’Reilly and Mayowa Oloke stepping up to group in training camp.

Head Coach Mark Jarram will continue to build a combination roster built around student athlete players eligibly for BUCS Premier competition and a weekend roster including a number of alumni and Charnwood College students.

“We’re extremely fortunate to return a lot of our core group from last season,” commented Coach Jarram.

“With a large number of incoming freshmen it’s important to have some continuity and corporate knowledge. Harrison, Jonas and Kyle are all respected voices in the locker room whilst also leading by example.

We’re also intrigued to see how the other returners can grow and develop as second year players.”

The Loughborough Riders will continue pre-season as league details and schedules are finalized for October. Be sure to follow @lborobasketball on social media for news and updated throughout the season as basketball returns.

Darien returns to Riders

Leicester Riders have secured the services of American big Darien Nelson-Henry on a two-year deal.

Nelson-Henry had a successful spell with Leicester last time out averaging 13.3 PPG and placing amongst the league’s leaders for field goal percentage.

“We are happy to have Darien back. He was a great guy to work with and was a very effective player for us last season,” commented Head Coach Rob Paternostro.

“He is a big guy who can really impact the game with his size and strength. He plays with skill and intelligence on the court.”

“Darien is a tough guy to guard, you can see that by looking at his FG% (63%). He was top 2 in that category last season. He does a great job at getting position and can score either way, he also passes the ball very well and was a very effective screener for us.”

The Penn graduate will also be studying for his Masters at the Business School at Loughborough University while representing the Riders.

“I couldn’t be happier that I’m getting to do two things that I’ve always wanted to do… play professional basketball and study to get a masters and further my learning. I’ve always been somebody who’s wanted to better myself,” reflected Nelson-Henry.

“Returning to play for Leicester is amazing. We get treated like family immediately. The guys are so welcoming.”

“I was excited to come here before signing last year as I have heard great things, it lived up to the expectations and the hype. I’ve had an amazing experience so far.  

Darien becomes the third signing announcement for the Riders following British duo Conner Washington and Jamell Anderson. Be sure to follow the Riders on social media at @RidersBball for updates throughout the season.

Coach Oli Parr Graduates following 4 years coaching.

Oli Parr is set to graduate this summer from Loughborough College following coaching within the Leicester Riders programme for the last four seasons across multiple levels.

Coach Parr joined the programme in 2016 following time spent with the Manchester Mystics Junior programme – studying Sports Management and coaching within the Loughborough University

“My time in Loughborough was life changing,” commented Coach Parr. “The people I met and worked alongside, has shaped me to be the person I am today. Learning day to day how important the little details are in order to be successful.

Coach Oli Parr advanced from assisting at Charnwood College to leading multiple teams in his final season in the programme at both the academy and the National League level, whilst also joining the WBBL Leicester Riders team as an assistant coach.

Coach Oli Parr leading the WBBL Riders team.
Coach Parr with the Leicester Riders Women’s team.

Charnwood College claimed the WEABL title last season, whilst Loughborough Riders claimed the National Cup for the first time two seasons, just two 15 accolades Coach Parr achieved, being recently nominated as Student Coach of the Year at Loughborough Sport in his final season.

The amount of time you put into something, the better the potential outcome can be, whether that’s university work or basketball coaching.” Coach Parr mentioned talking on things he will take away from his time at Loughborough.

“Things aren’t just going to given to you because you’ve arrived on campus, you’ve gotta put your own mark in the history books. Growing professionally definitely helped, learning how to treat and manage players and other professionals has put me in a better position to excel in the future.”

As Coach Parr moves on from the Riders programmes in Loughborough he had a clear message for incoming student coaches to the programme.

“As soon as you walk through the door, grind. Set short term and long term goals, academically and for basketball. Challenge yourself to be the best you can be.

“Advice which I was given and prospered. And most importantly, enjoy what you do. It’s the little things people take for granted, celebrate success and enjoy the journey.”

Coach Oli Parr in a timeout with the Loughborough Riders team.
Coach Parr leading the Loughborough Riders in Division One National League.