Leicester Riders moved to the brink of quarter-final qualification in the BBL Cup with a 102-70 thrashing of a short-handed Manchester Giants.
Whilst Riders were welcoming back Kyron Cartwright from a knee problem, Manchester’s short roster was shorn of three players through injury, leaving them very thin on the bench.
The Giants woes were compounded early on when leading scorer Jonathan Mulmore picked up two early fouls and was forced to the bench. Despite that, and some impressive play from Jesse Chuku, Riders were unable to get away and the scores were level at 11 midway through the opening period.
Cartwright and Jonas Dieterich finally gave Riders a notable lead when they combined to move Leicester 21-15 in front.
Dieterich was having his best night in a Riders shirt and early in the second quarter he hit two three-pointers, whilst Jamell Anderson and Joe Scott also hit from behind the arc, as Leicester posted 16 of the first 18 points of the period to lead 39-17.
Del’vin Dickerson was providing the only resistance and two long range efforts from him had the Riders lead back down to 11. Scott and Cartwright then hit consecutive threes and Chuku continued his stunning shooting display to ensure Riders went into half-time 53-36 to the good.
Mulmore’s hapless night came to an end less than three minutes into the second half when consecutive charging fouls saw him foul out having played barely eleven minutes. Darien Nelson-Henry and Namon Wright pushed the lead back past 20 and the Chuku hit his ninth and tenth shot attempts without a single miss to move Riders 74-46 clear.
Dickerson did his best with 30 points to eat into the Riders lead, but in the fourth quarter Dieterich made sure he had his career best in the BBL with three more three-pointers to post 19 points in total.
Chuku was a staggering 10-from-10 shooting, the first player in the BBL since Pierre Hampton to manage that and only the sixth person in the last decade to have a perfect shooting night on at least 10 attempts as he led the Riders with 21.
And with five other players in double figures and 14 made three-pointers it was a good night all around for Leicester’s offence.
Riders: Chuku 21, Dieterich 19, Cartwright 13, Nelson-Henry 13, Anderson 12, Scott 10, Wright 9, Thomson 5, Roberts, Ward-Hibbert, Lascelles, Durand.
Giants: Dickerson 30, Malalu 12, C Jones 8, J Jones 8, Rogerson-Evans 8, Mulmore 4, Arogbo, Slater.
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