11 Jan 2019: Riders 64-63 Flyers

Leicester Riders held off a Bristol Flyers charge to pick up two points.

BBL Championship
Leicester Riders 64-63 Bristol Flyers (18-10, 36-22, 50-46)

Leicester Riders held on for a nail-biting victory over Bristol Flyers for their third win of 2019.

Rob Paternostro’s side improve to 9-3 as they climb into third, while it’s a fourth straight loss for the Flyers, who now drop to 7-5.

Leading scorers – DeAndre Burnett 14, Kiefer Douse 13, JR Holder 10 (Riders) – Fred Thomas 20, Justin Gray 14, Daniel Edozie 13 (Flyers)

Turning point – The Riders seemed to be in control at the half with a 14-point lead before the Flyers battled back in the third to take the lead. It went down to the wire and a free throw from Conner Washington proved decisive, despite Bristol having chances to snatch the win.

Key stat – Both teams struggled from 3-point range with the Flyers going 0 of 9 in the first half before sparking a revival, though they missed vital opportunities down the stretch.

Game hero(es) – Burnett had all of his team-high 14 points in the first half, while Douse stepped up in the second and finished with 13 points along with six rebounds and six assists with Holder nearing a double-double with 10 points and nine boards.

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