|Riders - Anderson||20|
|Scorchers - Ross-Miller||25|
|Riders - Sullivan||8|
|Scorchers - Schreiber||11|
|Riders - Watson||10|
|Scorchers - Anderson||8|
|Riders - Sullivan||4|
|Scorchers - Anderson||3|
|Riders - Gruis||1|
|Scorchers - Anderson||1|
The Leicester Riders returned home tonight to host the Surrey Scorchers bringing their recent piece of silverware with them. The Riders were presented with the BBL Trophy in front of their fans ahead of tip-off. Having previously won all three other BBL competitions, it is the first time in club history that the Riders have been crowned BBL Trophy Champions.
With excitement running high the atmosphere was set and the Riders took advantage converting on their first possession with two points from Trevor Gruis. Despite efficient offence from the Riders, the Scorchers we able to take an early 5 point lead. Sharp shooting from TrayVonn Wright and Jamell Anderson helped prevent the deficit being stretched but the visitors continued to execute on offence. The tide changed when Conner Washington’s anticipation on defence allowed Riders to make stops, and, along with Drew Sullivan’s aggression on the offensive end, the Riders were able to take the 22-18 lead going into the second quarter.
Both teams continued to trade baskets with the score tied at 30 half way through the second. Surrey’s point guard, K.C Ross-Miller proved to be difficult for the Riders to stop, converting all of his first 6 shots and scoring 15 points with 3 minutes remaining in the half. Tyler Bernardini was able to provide a spark, hitting two from behind the arch, followed by Sullivan beating the shot clock to increase the Riders lead to 4. Both teams switched to zone defence going into the final minute, which allowed Anderson to convert from 3 point range and secure a 46 38 lead at the half.
Bernardini came out of half time hitting another 3, but was answered by Ross-Miller with a 3 of his own. Surrey continued to get good looks but struggled to convert, and the Riders were able to take advantage with a 3 from Anderson and two free throws from Gruis to stretch the lead to 11 half way through the third.
Riders remained in control in the forth, pushing their lead to 17. Surrey refused to give up, pushing the ball on the break and reducing the Riders lead to nine with three minutes remaining. A Neil Watson three, followed by a fancy finish helped re-energise the home side. From this point on, the Riders never looked back finishing with a solid 91 74 victory against the Scorchers.
The Riders return to the Leicester Sports Arena on Friday the 11th against the Manchester Giants, click here to purchase tickets now!