Leicester Riders put on a show live on FreeSports to take victory against Manchester Giants as head coach Rob Paternostro brought up his 300th win.
They may have been missing a leading player in the injured Andy Thomson, but Leicester Riders showed their strength in depth by blasting their way past Manchester Giants to complete a weekend win double.
Despite having two new signings in their line-up, the visitors were ruthlessly swept away and had no answer to the spectacular play of the league leaders at both ends of the floor.
Leading scorers – Holder 17, Bernardini 15, Hampton 10, Robertson 10 (Riders), Kadiri 20, Bankevics 11, Rettig 9 (Giants)
Turning point – There wasn’t one as Riders racked up a double-figure lead within four minutes and at 19-4, the visitors were always up against it.
Key stat – Riders were so hot from downtown at 8 of 13 within the first 15 minutes, it took the game away from Giants. They also finished the contest with a eye-popping 30 assists.
Game hero(es) – Captain Tyler Bernardini was again influential with 15 points and 7 assists.
<blockquote class=”twitter-video” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>?: <a href=”https://twitter.com/LboroSBE?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@LboroSBE</a> Eric Robertson with the two handed slam!<br><br>?: <a href=”https://twitter.com/FreeSportsUK?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@FreeSportsUK</a><a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/BritishBasketball?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#BritishBasketball</a> <a href=”https://t.co/eUndPWYXZe”>pic.twitter.com/eUndPWYXZe</a></p>— Leicester Riders (@RidersBball) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RidersBball/status/959896324656177152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>February 3, 2018</a></blockquote>
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