Glasgow Rocks 73 (26,42,67) (Robinson 26, Murray 20, Harrison 10)
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 85 (26,47,72) (Rowe 25, Taylor 17, Losonsky 16)
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders strangled the life out of Glasgow Rocks with a memorable final quarter defensive performance paving the way for a terrific 85-73 road win.
Rob Paternostro and his Riders team had been engaged in an intense and intriguing struggle at the Emirates Arena for three absorbing quarters, but finally killed off their hosts during the last ten minutes when they smothered the Rocks’ offence to fantastic effect.
They held the hometown Scots to a miserable six points during the final quarter which made all the difference in a game which had previously threatened to swing either way – even if for the most part, Riders always looked the more likely winner.
The frantically paced first quarter which saw the teams share the lead after pouring in a combined 52 point,s was to prove a stark contrast from the following three quarters as the contest changed dramatically into a war of attrition as each side made defensive adjustments.
Both tried to make a game-changing run, but it just didn’t happen.
And, with a minute to go in the third quarter, the hosts were only down by a single point at 68-67.
But, the Rocks then hit the crushing drought which proved their downfall, not managing a single point for almost five minutes as they lost their way to the basket.
Whilst the excellent 27 point Donald Robinson broke their barren spell by throwing down a dunk in frustration, the damage had already been done as Riders eased away to victory.
Anthony Rowe continued his great form since moving from Plymouth with a 25 point haul for the winning team, but perhaps it was the terrific all-round production of Great Britain captain Andrew Sullivan which proved most influential as he claimed 11 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.