Champions Leicester Riders lost for the second time in two nights as the in form Durham Wildcats produced a brilliant display to win 95-79 in the East Midlands.
Riders were beaten at Newcastle by the Esh Group Eagles on Friday and they felt to a hot-shooting Wildcats offence on Saturday that saw Kirk Crecco’s 28 points leading the way. Rashad Hassan top-scored for Leicester with 20 points.
Durham held a 65-64 advantage at the end of the third quarter thanks to 19 straight points from Crecco out of his team’s 27 in the period.
And in the final stanza, after back-to-back threes from Devin Ginty and Danny Huffor had put Wildcats 78-75 in front, they pulled away to 89-75 to seal the match.
Earlier, Leicester had opened with a 9-2 lead but after allowing Wildcats to twice pull within one it required a 5-0 end to the first quarter for the home team to lead 21-15.
Riders twice led by 11, but the second time at 32-21 was as good as it would get in the first half as Durham came storming back. A 10-0 burst brought them within a point and Huffor’s triple eventually gave the visitors the lead at 36-34.
Jamell Anderson countered with his own three to edge Riders back on top before Ginty split a pair from the line to send the teams in level 37-37 at half time.
Crecco’s hot shooting in the third quarter ensured the Wildcats would lead with ten minutes to play and despite a strong push the Riders could not reclaim the lead and the Wildcats continues on to the win.
The Riders, without the injured Drew Sullivan and Anthony Rowe, are now four points behind league leaders Worcester Wolves.
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