Riders get onto front foot with victory in Devon.
benecos BBL Play-Offs Semi-Final, First Leg
Plymouth Raiders 68-70 Leicester Riders (18-13, 31-34, 53-52)
Leicester Riders came out on top for a road win in the First Leg of the benecos BBL Play-Offs Semi-Finals after overcoming Plymouth Raiders in a game shown live on the British Basketball League YouTube Channel.
Rob Paternostro’s side have a slender two-point advantage to take back home ahead of Sunday’s Second Leg on BBC Sport.
Leading scorers – Rashad Hassan 18, Josh Wilcher 17, Donte Nicholas 16 (Raiders) – Tim Williams 19, JR Holder 18, Jamell Anderson 9 (Riders)
Turning point – As the occasion dictates, it was a tense affair with both defences on top early on before both sides began to find their range from downtown. Plymouth had the biggest lead of the game at 7, but the First Leg went down to the wire and Anderson’s go-ahead triple late in the game gave the visitors the edge.
Key stat – The home side were restricted to 37% shooting from the floor with the Riders hitting some big threes in the fourth as they improved their outside shooting to finish 7 of 22 after a slow start.
Game hero(es) – Williams battled away inside for a team-high 19 points, while Holder went 3 of 6 from 3-point range in his 18 points and Anderson came up with big plays for the Riders including the aforementioned triple late in the fourth. For the Raiders, Nicholas posted 16 points, 17 rebounds along with nine assists and four steals.