Back-to-back-to-back for Riders!
BBL Trophy Final
Leicester Riders 90-85 DBL Sharks Sheffield (29-15, 52-41, 73-64)
Leicester Riders claimed the BBL Trophy title for the third consecutive year after edging out DBL Sharks Sheffield in a classic Final, at Emirates Arena.
Both teams led in the fourth quarter as Sheffield battled back in contention and were left to rue a late three from Chris Alexander that somehow stayed out and could have forced overtime.
Leading scorers – Walker 16, Holder 15, Bernardini 14 (Riders) – Alexander 20, Tuck 17, Marsden 16 (Sharks)
Turning point – Riders came out firing and led by as many as 17 points in the first half before the Sharks battled back in the third period. Chris Alexander stepped up in the fourth to fire Sheffield ahead, though Eric Robertson produced the decisive triple in the final minute to help Riders seal the victory.
Key stat – The difference between the two teams in the first half was from behind the arc with Leicester shooting 8 of 11 from 3-point range as Sheffield struggled at 2 of 11 and only finished up with 4 of 17.
Game hero(es) – It was a typically great team effort from the Riders with five players in double figures. Shane Walker top scored with 16 points, while JR Holder finished with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks to earn the MVP award.