Leicester Riders took down DBL Sharks Sheffield to maintain their advantage at the top of the table.
Leicester Riders 75-64 DBL Sharks Sheffield (17-18, 34-37, 53-55)
Leicester Riders produced a strong finish to overcome DBL Sharks Sheffield as they maintain their lead at the top of the BBL Championship.
Rob Paternostro’s side held their opponents to single figures in the fourth in an early preview of the BBL Trophy Final in 10 days time.
Leading scorers – Hampton 16, Walker 13, Holder 11 (Riders) – Williams 21, Tuck 10, Alexander 9 (Sharks)
Turning point – Sharks led for the majority of the first 30 minutes, but Leicester showed their class with a pivotal 17-0 start to the final period to take control.
Key stat – Riders’ defence turned the screw in the fourth with Sheffield held to 3 of 13 from the field as they fell to another loss against Leicester.
Game hero(es) – Pierre Hampton top scored with 16 points on 5 of 7 shooting, while Tyler Bernardini overcame a tough shooting night to finish with 9 points, 9 boards and 6 assists in an all-round display.