Riders raring for hat-trick at The 02
benecos BBL Play-Offs Semi-Final, Second Leg
Leicester Riders 85-73 Plymouth Raiders (23-23, 46-44, 64-60)
Riders win 155-141 on aggregate
Leicester Riders remain on course for a third straight Play-Offs title after overcoming Plymouth Raiders in the last four.
The Riders set up a showdown at The O2 Arena with London City Royals with Paul James’ Plymouth side unable to pull off another upset.
Leading scorers – Tim Williams 25, Conner Washington/Andy Thomson/Josh Ward-Hibbert 13 (Riders) – Joonas Jarvelainen 17, Rashad Hassan/Josh Wilcher/Donte Nicholas/Devontavius Payne 12 (Raiders)
Turning point – Plymouth led by six in the second, but the Riders used a strong finish to the half to move ahead on the night. The lead doubled to four heading into the fourth and the home side went on a decisive 10-2 run started by a three from Andy Thomson.
Key stat – The Riders defence stepped up once again in the second half, keeping their opponents to less than 30 points.
Game hero(es) – Williams was huge for the Riders with 25 points, 10 rebounds as well as four assists, three steals and two blocks. Ward-Hibbert and Thomson added 13 points each off the bench with the captain also adding 12 boards including eight on the offensive end. Washington also had 13 points and handed out eight assists in the win.