|Riders - Watson||25|
|Phoenix - Rochford||26|
|Riders - Sullivan||11|
|Phoenix - Rochford||11|
|Riders - Two Tied||4|
|Phoenix - Ellis||3|
|Riders - Three Tied||3|
|Phoenix - Huffor||3|
|Riders - None|
|Phoenix - Rochford||1|
Leicester Riders overcame a tough challenge on the road to defeat Cheshire Phoenix 89-82 and keep up the pressure on BBL Championship leaders, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle.
Back-to-back triples from Tyler Bernardini and Neil Watson down the stretch helped the visitors see off Cheshire for their 14th away success in a row as they improve to 19-2 in the league.
Watson led the way with a team-high 25 points, while Drew Sullivan provided valuable support with a double-double from the bench with 16 points and 11 rebounds as he passed 4,000 career points in the BBL Championship.
It was the home side who made the stronger start with a 12-1 run opening up an 11-point cushion in the first quarter.
The Riders stormed ahead with a 20-5 spell across quarters, although some clinical 3-point shooting from Akeem Ellis ensured his side went into half-time with the lead, whilst taking his personal points tally to 18.
There was little to split between the two sides in the third with multiple lead changes, but Shane Walker gave Leicester a slender lead to take into the all-important final quarter. Cheshire levelled at 72, but never led in the fourth.
Kinu Rochford made it a two-point game heading into the final two minutes, but Bernardini and Watson netted dagger blows from beyond the arc to finally put the home side away.