Riders hold off Flyers for seventh league win.
Bristol Flyers 77-82 Leicester Riders (19-27, 35-44, 51-57)
Leicester Riders continued their winning run with a hard-fought victory on the road against Bristol Flyers.
Rob Paternostro’s side improve to a 7-1 mark in the BBL Championship having now beaten the Flyers in all 11 meetings between the two sides.
Leading scorers – Boggs 17, Weary 15, Edozie 12 (Flyers) – Holder 23, Thomson 14, Walker 13 (Riders)
Turning point – The visitors trailed by nine at the half, but stormed into the lead with a 10-0 start to the third period. Riders regained control with a 7-0 burst and were able to maintain their advantage until the buzzer, despite Bristol’s late 3-point barrage.
Key stat –Bristol finished 11-of-22 from 3-point range, but while the Riders struggled from beyond the arc, they were efficient inside with 48 points in the paint at a conversion rate of 62%.
Game hero(es) – JR Holder top scored with 23 points in the win with Andy Thomson producing another key display off the bench in his 200th BBL Championship appearance with 14 points without a miss from the field.