Jay Couisnard

Couisnard twice the hero

Category: News
Author: Leicester Riders
Date: 25th March, 2013

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders once again confirmed their title credentials after they snatched a vital win on the road at Manchester Giants.

Twice Jay Couisnard broke the hearts of the home fans as he hit a three at the end of regulation to force overtime and then in the extra period scored another three with two seconds to play to earn the victory.

Riders had to come back from a 16 point half time deficit to move closer to the first BBL Championship title.

Although there wasn’t much between the teams at the end of the first quarter the Giants had led 13-6 on Stefan Gill’s two with 2.33 left in the opening period.

Riders responded by scoring the next five points to trail 13-11 after ten minutes.

But it wasn’t enough to spring Leicester to life as Manchester dominated the second quarter at both ends of the court.

A 22-15 lead had been reduced to 22-19 by Couisnard from the line but Riders would score just five more points as Giants went 40-24 clear at half time.

David Aliu’s ‘and-one’ started the 18-5 burst and the forward scored a further nine points to put his team in a commanding position.

Riders were better after the break and closed the gap to 56-45 heading into the final quarter.

However, it still looked as though Giants would prevail when Devan Bailey made it 66-60 with 26 seconds to play.

Couisnard trimmed it to 66-63 with a three, Mike Bernard made one of two from the line to make it a four point game before Drew Sullivan with a trey pulled Riders back to 67-66.

Aliu kept his cool with seven seconds to play to hit two free throws, which forced Couisnard to drain a three on the buzzer.

In overtime it looked as though Aliu had again earned the win for Giants when he made it 78-75 with just over a minute to play.

But Couisnard made two from the line with 36 seconds to play and then nailed another three to steal the valuable points for Riders.

Manchester Giants 78 (13,40,56,69) (Aliu 26, Watts 14, Bernard 13)
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 80 (11,24,45,69) (Couisnard 31, Sullivan 14, Washington 11)

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