|Riders - Sullivan||14|
|Scorchers - Miller||23|
|Riders - Wright||7|
|Scorchers - Behrens||10|
|Riders - Watson||6|
|Scorchers - Ogedengbe||2|
|Riders - Bernardini||5|
|Scorchers - Ogedengbe||2|
|Riders - Walker||1|
|Scorchers - Schreiber||1|
The new Leicester Sport Arena hosted its first ever official BBL game this evening in front of a sold out crowd as the Leicester Riders took on the Surrey Scorchers in the Quarter Final of the BBL Trophy. The Riders began its new era with an impressive 77 60 victory against the visitors.
With both teams struggling to score early on, the Riders were lifted by a strong drive by Jamell Anderson which was rewarded with the extra free throw. Tyler Bernardini kept the momentum for the home side after knocking down a 3 giving the home side an early.
The Scorchers were able to execute on the offensive end to take a one point lead with just over 2 minutes to go in the quarter. But veteran Drew Sullivan responded with a 3 point play of his own to put Riders back on top.
Shane Walkers big time block on the defensive end followed by his fast break finished helped the Riders secure a 4 point lead going into the second quarter.
Despite Scorchers sharp shooting from Andrew Schreiber, Riders continued to punish the visitors by pushing the ball and converting on the fast break. Sullivan also provided an outside threat for the home team mid-way through the quarter hitting twice from behind the arch taking their lead to 7. Although scoring continued from both sides, the Riders were able to maintain this 7 point lead going into half time ahead 34 27.
The visitors came out aggressively to open up the half scoring 7 points in the first 3 minutes of the quarter. However, Riders responded by increasing their intensity on the defensive end leading to fast break points for Neil Watson and TrayVonn Wright.
The Riders continued to execute on offence end tighten up on the defensive end leading to consecutive stops. A Bernadini 3 with 3 minutes to go put the Riders up by 10. Scorcher responded with a 3 of their own from Elvisi Dusha to help close the gap but it was no match for the Riders. The home team continued to get stops, punishing the visitor with baskets from Shane Walker and a dunk from TrayVonn Wright to extend the lead to 56 43 at the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter brought excellent ball movement from the Riders. Conner Washington also put on an impressive dribbling display which resulted in two 3 pointers for Bernardini.
With Scorchers in the penalty, Riders were able to extend their lead to 69 53 with just under 3 minutes remaining. The home side remained steady in the closing minutes finishing their first game at the Leicester Sports Arena with a 77 60 victory.