Leicester Riders remain the only unbeaten team in the BBL after an 85-60 road win at Bristol Flyers on Saturday night, also meaning that they remain unbeaten in eight meetings between these teams over the last two years.
Riders were led by Drew Sullivan’s 16 points, on 75% shooting, with five players in double-figures including 14 for Eric Robertson, and 12 points and 8 rebounds for Pierre Hampton.
Riders had already scored one victory on this floor this season, and set about it early on as they hit the first seven points, four for Pierre Hampton and a triple for the league’s best three-point shooter, Tyler Bernardini. The lead was 23-11 after ten minutes as Shane Walker and Conner Washington added five points each.
Robertson opened the second stanza with a trey, in what was a run of 10 unanswered over the break, and the score was 36-23 when Sullivan added two long-rangers of his own. In a rare bright spot, Greg Streete responded with five in a row for Bristol, but they were restricted to just 28% shooting by the BBL’s best defence at the half as they trailed 39-28.
Hampton added another four in a 9-3 burst to open the third period; and the game was settled over the third quarter break and into the fourth quarter when Riders notched a 15-2 run, all from beyond the arc. Robertson hit three of those, with Bernardini capping it at a score of 72-46; Riders – the league’s most accurate long-range shooters – connecting on 54% from three-point range up to that point.
Only 28 of their 85 points came in the paint, and a late six unanswered included three lay-ups and ensured that they won by more than twenty for the fourth time in the league already this campaign.