The Leicester Riders took a 79-67 victory over the Sheffield Sharks in the BBL Quarter-Final to book themselves a match up with the Bristol Flyers in the next round!
Riders scored the last seven points of the first quarter, JR Holder sparking that run with a three-pointer and ending it too as he shot perfectly for eight points in the opening ten minutes. They added the first four of the second stanza to lead 30-16, sending the advantage close to thirty on aggregate, and there was no way back for the Sharks.
It is the sixth time that Riders have beaten Sharks in all competitions this season, and they have now won nine straight meetings between the sides since the 2016 Play-off final.
Leading scorers – Holder 20, Hampton 18, Bernardini 11 (Riders); Williams 17, McKnight 16, Alexander 10 (Sharks)
Key stat – Strong interior defence was key for Riders, holding Sharks to just 30% inside (17-55) with the three big men Rob Marsden, Mike Tuck and Tony Wroblicky a combined 6-27 (22%).
Game hero(es) – JR Holder (20) and Pierre Hampton (18) were typically efficient in combining for 38 points. Holder did so on 70% shooting, including 4-5 three-pointers and adding 5 assists; while Hampton shot 66% from the field.
Next the Riders will face the Flyers in the Semi-Final of the BBL Playoffs next weekend on the road on Friday at 7.30pm in Bristol and then back at Leicester Arena on Sunday afternoon!
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