Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders secured their first British Basketball League regular season title with a 93-70 home victory over Durham Wildcats.
After a nervy opening to the match the Riders seized control late in the first quarter and dominated the rest of the game.
The scoring was shared round for Leicester as they demonstrated why they’re the best team during the season. Anthony Rowe hit 15 while Andrew Keister led all scorers for Durham with 16.
The Riders took a while to get into their stride as Ralph Bucci gave Wildcats an early 11-9 lead with a three.
But after Jamell Anderson levelled the score at 15-15, Leicester scored a further 11 points to just two for the visitors to lead 26-17 at the end of the first quarter.
Leicester continued to pull away in the second quarter. Zaire Taylor’s three gave them their first double-digit lead of the night at 31-21.
But Durham didn’t let the deficit get out of hand and it took two free throws from Drew Sullivan to re-establish a 49-38 lead on the way to a 52-40 interval score.
In effect the Riders clinched the title with a superb third quarter. They limited Durham to just 12 points while pouring in 23 themselves to hold a decisive 75-52 lead with just ten minutes to play.
It was a quarter of celebration for the Riders and their fans as they picked up their 15th consecutive victory.
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 93 (26,52,75) (Rowe 15, Couisnard 13, Sullivan 13)
Durham Wildcats 70 (17,40,52) (Keister 16, Bucci 15, Baldarelli 12)