Riders win a classic in front of the FreeSport cameras.
DBL Sharks Sheffield 92-98 Leicester Riders (24-15, 38-42, 54-53, 76-76, 83-83)
After Double Overtime
Leicester Riders outlasted DBL Sharks Sheffield in a thriller at the EIS on FreeSports as they needed two periods of overtime to secure victory.
The league leaders move to 18-2 as their advantage at the top grows with Esh Group Eagles Newcastle suffering another home defeat.
Leading scorers – Tuck 26, Alexander 21, McKnight 14 (Sharks) – Bernardini 34, Walker 16, Robertson 14 (Riders)
Turning point – The momentum swung both ways in the first half and it needed another late three from Mackey McKnight to force overtime. They still could not be separated, 90-90 in the second period of overtime before crucial baskets from Tyler Bernardini and JR Holder helped seal the win.
Key stat – Riders made 13 triples in the contest and were efficient from the line, converting 17 of 20 en route to the win.
Game hero(es) – Tyler Bernardini produced an incredible display with his 34 points lifting the Riders to victory with key absentees. On the other side, Mike Tuck was heroic for the Sharks with 26 points, while Mackey McKnight posted the season’s second triple-double with 14-11-10.