It was another successful weekend for the Leicester Riders who defeated the Newcastle Eagles 101-63 at the Morningside Arena on Friday Night before defeating the Plymouth Raiders 90-74 down South on Sunday. Here’s three things we learnt.
The Riders put on two vintage Riders defensive performances
The Leicester Riders were as locked in as ever on the defensive end last weekend as they took on the high flying Newcastle Eagles and a rejuvenated Plymouth Raiders side. The Riders set the tone on the weekend on Friday night holding the Eagles who lead the league in scoring at 94 points per game to just 63 points. The Riders made it extremely difficult for the eagles to find anything easy as the clogged up the lane and made it tough for the Eagles main offensive threats. The Riders impressive defence carried over to the Plymouth Pavillion’s where they held a Raiders side that average 85 points per game prior to the additions of Matt Scott and Ryan Richards to just 74 points. The Riders held a slight 3 point lead at the half but tightened up in the second half winning the third quarter 36-18 which broke the game open. The Riders did lose the fourth quarter 22-17 but their efforts through the first three quarters were enough to get them the 14 point win.
Josh Ward-Hibbert and Namon Wright earned BBL All-Star 5 honours
It was an impressive weekend from both Josh Ward-Hibbert and Namon Wright who shone across both games for the Riders. Wright began the weekend with a season high 29 points against the Newcastle Eagles whilst Josh posted yet another double double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in just 23 minutes. The pair continued their hot streak on Sunday with Josh posting 18 points and 7 rebounds whilst Namon added 16. Over the course of the weekend the pair combined for 81 points and 26 rebounds on an impressive 59% shooting from the floor which secured them both a place in the BBL All-Star 5.
Kyron Cartwright back to his best
Following a few weeks playing limited minutes due to an ongoing niggle Kyron Cartwright looked back to his best last weekend. Cartwright in known as one of the best passers in the BBL and he showed exactly why as he dished out a staggering 23 assists over the two games. Cartwright had the Riders ticking over beautifully against the Newcastle Eagles on Friday night as the Riders turned the Eagles misses and turnovers into transition scores down the other end for the Riders. It was the same story on Sunday as Kyron produced a 10 points and 11 assists double double in just 23 minutes as the Riders as the Riders produced yet another impressive performance to take the Raiders town 90-74.
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