Riders took victory over the Newcastle Eagles on the road in the BBL Cup this past weekend.
Another Solid Defensive Performance
The Newcastle Eagles are known for their high tempo style of play looking to create as many possessions as possible over the course of the game, on Friday night the Riders were able to take the Eagles away from that which was key to their victory. The Riders made life difficult for the Eagles throughout the second half with their constant ball pressure and physicality in the paint. The Eagles led the game 41-35 at the half however the Riders made adjustments holding the eagles to just 28 points in the second half including a 12 point fourth quarter which led the Riders to a 69-76 Victory in the North East which is only the 5th time this decade the Eagles have failed to score 70 points or more at home.
Namon Led The Charge
American wing Namon Wright came up big when needed for the Riders sparking a 13-0 run that saw the Riders take the lead early in third quarter. Namon scored 10 of his season high 19 points in the third quarter causing the Eagles problems on the defensive end both driving to the basket and from behind the three point line. Namon has made an excellent start to his professional career currently leading the Riders in scoring averaging 15.1 points per game on an impressive 47% shooting from the floor.
Cartwright and Nelson Henry Connect
Point Guard Kyron Cartwright and newly recruited Centre Darien Nelson-Henry appeared to already be building a strong connection out on court despite only playing 2 times together. Cartwright and Nelson-Henry Combined on several occasions with Nelson-Henry finishing inside off some sweet dimes from his teammate. Both Kyron and Darien had great games with Cartwright finishing with a near triple double of 12 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists whilst Nelson-Henry led the Riders in scoring with 20 points and 6 rebounds.