|Riders - Sullivan||20|
|Raiders - Corletto||20|
|Riders - Bernardini||8|
|Raiders - Sturt||13|
|Riders - Watson||7|
|Raiders - Corletto||4|
|Riders - Bernardini||4|
|Raiders - Corletto||2|
|Riders - Walker||1|
|Raiders - Vigor||1|
Leicester Riders took the 92-68 victory over Plymouth Raiders the afternoon in the BBL Championship.
The Riders began the game on fire from behind the arch with Tyler Bernardini, Neil Watson and Jamell Anderson hitting early to give the home team the early 14-6 lead. On the defensive end, Riders full court pressure proved difficult for the visitors to handle leading to turnovers. The Riders were able to convert on the break stretching their lead to 23-12 with under two minutes remaining in the quarter. The home side continued to push on offensive, led by aggressive drives from Drew Sullivan, one of which resulted in an altercation between Sullivan and Dixon leading to technical fouls for both. Plymouth were unable to reduce the gap and the first ended 27-14 in Riders favour.
The second brought more confrontation with Dixon which lead to his second technical and his dismissal from the game. However, despite one man down, Plymouth refused to let Riders extend their lead. The visitors fought back, executing on offence and cutting the Riders lead to 8, 42-34 with a minute and a half remaining in the half. Plymouth’s Captain, Duane Bailey was able to convert a jump shot to take the score to 42-36 which is where it remained going into half time.
The Raiders came out strong in the third, with a three from Mike Vigor and an and-one play from Bailey to tie the game at 42. But Bernardini responded with a put back, and-one of his own to put the Riders ahead once more. A three from Anderson, a slam dunk from Trevor Gruis and another from behind the arch for Bernardini, and it was a 10 point lead to the Riders 54-44 with 6 minutes remaining in the quarter. Scoring remained back and fourth, until momentum swung in the Riders favour. Scores from Drew Sullivan, including a three on the buzzer pushed the lead to 71-54 at the end of the third.
Momentum continued with the Riders, again lead by Sullivan stretching the lead to 20 points with 6 minutes left in the game. The Riders remained in control in the final minutes of the game, continuing to pressure on defence and efficiently execution on the offensive end. Raheem May-Thompson made an impact, hitting 5 points in the last 2 minutes, securing the 92-68 win for the Riders.
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