Riders tough it out against Rocks

Rocks edged by Riders

Glasgow Rocks 72 (24,41,54) (Robinson 19, Harrison 18, Davis 15)
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 76 (15,36,55) (Losonsky 22, Rowe 18, Taylor 17)

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders maintained their advantage over the Newcastle Eagles thanks to a hard-fought come-from-behind 72-76 victory over the Glasgow Rocks at the Emirates Arena on Sunday evening.

Both sides traded baskets in the early exchanges of the first quarter but it was the Rocks who made the first significant move as an EJ Harrison three-pointer sparked the Rocks into life as they finished the quarter strongly with a 10-2 tear to take a 24-15 lead into the second stanza.

In the second period, the Rocks continued to extend their lead in the game and a Donald Robinson basket with three minutes left in the half took the score out to 38-25. The Riders however finished the half the stronger thanks to an 11-3 finish to the second quarter to trim the deficit back to five points at 41-36 as the teams headed into the locker rooms at the half.

In the second half, another Harrison basket helped the home side extend their lead out to 10 points at 50-40 with just over two minutes gone in the third quarter. Despite this double-digit advantage, the Riders began to claw their way back into the contest, and a Paval Losonsky basket sparked them into life as they ended the third quarter very strongly with a 15-4 tear, with an Anthony Rowe basket on the buzzer to finish it off, allowed the visitors to take a slender one-point lead at 54-55 heading into the final stanza.

In the final period, a three-point-play from EJ Harrison gave the Rocks the lead at 57-55, but that was the last time that the home side would be in front as a 10-2 response from the Riders took the score out to 59-65 with 6:10 remaining in the quarter.

The Rocks tried desperately to get themselves back into the game and a pair of free-throws from Gareth Murray got them back to within a point at 72-73 with 22 seconds remaining in the contest. That was as close as the Riders would get as the Riders held on in the dying second and three points from Losonsky from the foul-line secured the victory for Leicester.

Losonsky led all scorers in the game with 22 points for the Riders, while Robinson led the Rocks with 19 points personal in the defeat.

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