The Leicester Riders defeated the current BBL Championship leaders the London Lions on Friday Evening at the Morningside Arena 83-76 in impressive fashion, here’s three things we learnt.
Defence Continues to be the key
Friday night was yet again another extremely impressive defensive performance from Coach Paternostro’s men who held a high scoring Lions team to just 76 points. The Lions average 93 points per game which puts them second in the league in scoring, they also have multiple high scoring offensive threats on their roster such as Brandon Peel, Justin Robinson and Ovie Soko. The Riders did an excellent job containing the Lions and keeping the ball out of Justin Robinson’s hands who usually runs the show for the Lions. The Riders held the Lions to just 30 points at the half which kept the Lions at arm’s length for much of the second half was enough for the Riders to take the win over the Lions.
Namon Wright produced yet another efficient scoring performance
American Wing Namon Wright produced one of his most efficient performances of the season on Friday leading the Riders first half charge. Wright got going early with a sweet floater in the lane before knocking down a turnaround jumper from a similar position. Namon heated up in the second quarter knocking down a three and two driving layups as the Riders went into the half time break up by 14 points. Namon continued his hot streak in the second half scoring 7 points finishing with an impressive stat line of 17 points and 7 rebounds on 63% shooting from the floor.
Corey helped seal the deal
New recruit Corey Johnson was the key man for the Riders down the stretch on Friday night scoring the majority of his points late in the contest on his way to a season high. The Canadian sharpshooter scored 13 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter including two three pointers and three clutch free throws as he helped the Riders over the line. Johnson has settled into life with the Riders well and is currently averaging 15.5 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists per game on 45% shooting.
The Riders next home game is on Friday February 14th when they take on the Newcastle Eagles at the Morningside Arena, CLICK HERE to get your tickets!