Leicester Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro was happy with his team’s execution down the stretch at the weekend, as Riders held on to defeat Surrey Scorchers 99-96 on the road.
Riders were powered by one of the best individual long range shooting performances in their history, as new signing Corey Johnson made an extraordinary ten three pointers from fifteen attempts, on his way to a game high 32 points.
With Kyron Cartwright making only a cameo performance, another new signing, Jordan Spencer, controlled the offence, as he dished out 11 assists.
Namon Wright hit a crucial late shot to seal the victory on his way to 15 points.
“It was an important win against a Surrey team who are very strong at home.”
“They have guys who like to go one-on-one, and we struggled to contain them.”
“But our guys hung on in there and we made stops late on when it mattered.”
“Johnson’s shooting performance was pretty extraordinary but we know he has that in him.”
“And Spencer ran the offence well, with Cartwright continuing to struggle with an injury, and I am pleased with how Jordan has stepped up.”
“There are no easy outs in the BBL this season, so you have to be pleased when you win one on the road.”
Riders now face a double-header weekend with rivals Newcastle Eagles coming to the Morningside Arena this Friday night, with the slightly later tip-off time of 8pm.
Riders than travel to a resurgent Plymouth Raiders on Sunday afternoon in a 3pm tip off.