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Riders rise to the top as Flyers finish 2017 with a flourish

Leicester Riders took over as the new leaders in the BBL Championship after they started the weekend with a thrilling win at rivals, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle.

In an entertaining finish, Tyler Bernardini’s three tied the game before Andy Thomson put in the game-winner to earn the Riders a 77-79 victory on BBC Sport.

“I thought all game we were solid, particularly defensively – it was a great win,” commented head coach, Rob Paternostro.

“We made some huge plays – Tyler’s three to tie it, the defensive stop and then Andy’s drive to win it.

“It was a great game and getting the win made that long ride home better.”

The Riders were not done there as they continued their winning run with a comfortable 59-104 success on the road against Leeds Force to start their Trophy campaign with Bernardini pouring in 28 points.

Bristol Flyers bounced back from last week’s Trophy loss against Plymouth Raiders as they recorded a 71-88 triumph against their local rivals to head into the New Year with a 6-5 league record.

Seven players reached double figures for the Flyers, led by Jordan Davis’ 16 points and 8 assists.

Cheshire Phoenix moved into the Quarter-Finals of the BBL Trophy as they overturned a 12-point deficit to beat Glasgow Rocks 79-75. CJ Gettys had 21 points in the win with Malcolm Riley adding 18 as well as a crucial late block.

“Something lights a fire inside of us and when that happens, no one can put it out,” declared Gettys.

“It was a great final quarter of team basketball that allowed us to get the win and carry on in the Trophy.”

DBL Sharks Sheffield also advanced in the Trophy as they eased to an 89-62 victory at home to Manchester Magic with Zach Gachette leading the way with 24 points. Meanwhile, Manchester Giants fell to a 73-105 loss against London Lions as the visitors progressed to the last eight.

On Friday night, Worcester Wolves ran out emphatic 122-66 winners over Leeds with the home side racking up 73 points in the first half. George Beamon finished with a game-high 25 as the Wolves kept their streak going.