|Riders - Sullivan||13|
|Force - Waller||14|
|Riders - Gruis||10|
|Force - Marsden||6|
|Riders - Washington||6|
|Force - Marsden||2|
|Riders - Watson||6|
|Force - Waller||4|
|Riders - May-Thompson||2|
|Force - Pouale||1|
The Leicester Riders took the 91-43 victory against Leeds Force this evening in their last home game at Sir David Wallace this season. The Riders will be making their move on January 30th to the new Leicester Community Sport Arena for the remainder of their 2015/16 campaign.
The Riders opened up the game with authority, going on a 12-0 run in the opening minutes of the game which included one of TrayVonn Wright’s trademark, high flying, dunks. The home side also began aggressively on the defensive end, with the Riders full court pressure causing the visitors problems. Sharp outside shooting from Tyler Bernardini stretched the Riders lead to 15 going into the final few minutes of the quarter. Despite Leeds Force beginning to look more comfortable on offence, the Riders continued to execute on both ends of the floor, finishing with a 25-12 lead going into the second.
The Riders continued the second in the same fashion, taking their lead to 35-17 half way through the quarter. The home team’s ball movement and execution on the offence end is what separated the two sides, with the visitors struggling to get open looks. Going into the final minutes of the half, Leeds were able to go on a 6-0 run. However, the Riders responded with a three, followed by a fast break finish from Tyler Bernardini to increase the lead once more. This spark in momentum secured the 45-25 lead for the home side at half time.
Riders continued to lead in the third, looking very much in control as they advanced their lead to 58 31 half way through the quarter. The home team put on an impressive team performance, with scoring being spread across the entire Riders roster. As a result the Riders advantage was stretched to 72-33 going into the final quarter.
The forth saw much of the same for the Riders, remaining in control and increasing their lead to more than 40. With 5 minutes remaining, Raheem May-Thompson’s impressive block followed by a tough finish on the offensive end brought the Sir David Wallace crowd to their feet once more. This excitement was carried forward by sharp shooting by Harrison Gamble and Antony Rowe’s contribution to the scoresheet as he returned for the first time since the start of the season. The final result saw Riders take the 91 43 win over Leeds Force for their final game at Loughborough.
The Riders will play in the BBL Cup Final on January 17th at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham. Click here for more information about the event and how you can join the Riders on their journey.