Westminster Warriors are still looking to bounce back to winning ways in the National League, as they finish off a four-game home stand with a tough test against the Loughborough Riders.

Warriors fell to an unfortunate 83-75 defeat against high-flying Nottingham Hoods last weekend, despite the best efforts of Chuck Duru and Justin Hitchman who scored 18 points apiece.

Guard Jon Johnson scored 16 points for the Warriors but it wasn’t enough to overshadow the 23-point effort from Seth Hall, and 22 points from Joshua Guddemi.

Westminster sit 11th in the Division One table since promotion with a record of 1-6 and now look forward to Saturday where they take on the Riders, who are fifth in the standings with four wins and three defeats to their name. 

Loughborough are a partner team of last season’s British Basketball League champions, Leicester Riders, and boast a very talented squad with plenty of professional experience. 

They are led by American guard Elijah Bailey, who joined this summer after two years of playing professionally in Armenia and Iceland’s top divisions, which followed four years at American University, New Haven.

"Last weekend we competed really well against a top-four team in the league. The fans that came to the game really gave us the energy and desire to put on a show," said Hitchman. 

"This week’s home game against Loughborough I feel the fans will be instrumental in helping us get over the hurdle." 

Fans can pay on the door at Moberly Leisure Centre on Saturday (5.30pm), with admission just £7 for adults and £5 for under-18s, or get tickets ahead of the game at  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/westminster-warriors-all-home-games-22-23-season-tickets-451687608797?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

A club spokesperson said: "With no elite level football being played in London this weekend, there’s never been a better time to support your local basketball team!"