|Riders - Sullivan||18|
|Flyers - McFarland||18|
|Riders - Wright||9|
|Flyers - Lee||11|
|Riders - Watson||9|
|Flyers - Streete||3|
|Riders - Bernardini||2|
|Flyers - Edozie||2|
|Riders - Wright||4|
|Flyers - Edozie||2|
The Leicester Riders took on the Bristol Flyers this evening in their last game of 2015. The Riders came out victorious, beating the visitors 76-64.
It was Bristol that took the lead in the first quarter, with Greg Streete converting twice from behind the arch. For the Riders, despite efficient offence, their shots failed to drop, shooting only 35% from the field in the first. Drew Sullivan was however, able to narrow the gap after completing a three point play and converting 2 free throws within the last 30 seconds, resulting in a 14-20 deficit after the first quarter.
The Flyers remained ahead early in the second, maintaining their 6 point lead with 7 minutes remaining in the half. However, Sullivan was again able to get the free throw line, converting all four of his attempts which, after TrayVonn Wright’s jumper, cut the deficit to 2 half way through the quarter.
It was Tyler Bernardini that eventually tied the scoring at 24, but Bristol’s Cardell McFarland replied with a jumper of his own, taking the visitors ahead once more. Conner Washington’s three with fewer than 2 minutes remaining cut the deficit to one, but it was Sullivan once again, who’s put back finally allowed the home team to take the lead 31-30 momentarily. Despite Shane Walker converting one of two from the line, Bristol’s Tyrone Lee’s jump shot tied the game 32-32 going into the locker room.
Scoring went back and forth throughout the opening minutes of the second half. The visitors eventually were able to take a 4 point lead half way through the quarter with the Riders still struggling to convert from 3 point range. Neil Watson was able to narrow the deficit to 2 before Tyler Bernardini tied the score once again going into the last few minutes of the quarter. A pair of free throws for Bernardini, followed by a jumper from Sullivan, put the Riders ahead as much as 4, but the guests prevented their newly established lead to be stretched any further, resulting in a 51-47 score line going into the final quarter.
New recruit, Trevor Gruis, opened the scoring for the Riders in the fourth with Bernardini and Sullivan following suit from the 3 point line. The Flyers responded with a 3 of their own, but the Riders hit their stride with Wright finishing back to back alley oop dunks. Shane Walker stretched the lead further converting from behind the arch and finishing with authority at the rim. The late surge from the Riders proved too much for Bristol resulting in a 76-64 victory for the home team.
The Riders next play on 2nd January 2016 against Leeds Force. Click here to purchase your tickets and secure your seat now!