Home Domestic Leagues Leicester Riders use strong second half to beat Bristol Flyers

Leicester Riders use strong second half to beat Bristol Flyers

Leicester Riders will enjoy their Christmas after completing a 76-64 home success over battling Bristol Flyers as they finished strongly to consolidate second place in the BBL standings.

Searching for a maiden success against their hosts, Bristol had remained firmly in contention for much of the contest – the wheels only coming off during the closing minutes as Riders’ depth began to show.

Flyers had initially jumped out onto Riders and opened up a 20-9 lead, which gave an indication that Riders wouldn’t have it their own way.

Even when Leicester belatedly got into a rhythm via Great Britain veteran Drew Sullivan who finished with 18 points, Bristol still kept pace.

They were level at 32-32 heading to the locker rooms at the interval and then found themselves back in the ascendancy when the action resumed.

The impressive Cardell McFarland fired from behind the three-point line and helped his team move 43-39 ahead – although Riders then outscored their opponents 14-4 across the third and fourth quarter break, to move 53-47 in front.

While a triple by Greg Streete kept Flyers in contention when it was still only a one-shot game at 63-60, the athletic TrayVonn Wright began to take flight for Riders.

Some trademark dunks illuminated a powerful 13-4 finish to the game in the closing minutes, as Riders wrapped up a hard-fought victory.

Neil Watson handed out nine assists for the winning team, while Tyrone Lee had a double-double 17 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

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