Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 84 (19,40,68) (Sullivan 24, Anderson/Couisnard 15)
Glasgow Rocks 71 (20,37,47) (Robinson 18, Davis 14, Harrison 12)
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders moved to within two points of their first BBL Championship regular season title thanks to an impressive third quarter display to eventually see off the Glasgow Rocks 84-71 at the John Sanford Leisre Centre on Saturday evening.
The Rocks started the game the stronger side as they rattled off an early 4-12 run to lead within the first few minutes of the opening period. The Riders got themselves right back into the contest immediately however as a 15-6 burst saw them take the lead at 19-18, but a Mike Ringgold basket to end the first quarter saw the visitors take a slender lead at 19-20 into the second stanza.
In the second period, both sides traded baskets for the majority of the quarter but a pair of free throws from Jan Vanderbeken gave the Rocks a four point lead at 33-37 with 2:38 remaining in the half. The home side finished the half the stronger side however and back-to-back three-pointers from Jorge Calvo sent the Riders into the lead as the teams headed into the locker rooms with the home side leading 40-37 at the half.
In the second half, the Riders broke the game open right at the start of the third period with a 19-4 burst, including nine points from Andrew Sullivan, to take the score out to 59-41 midway through the quarter.
The visitors tried desperately to close the deficit, but could not get close as the Riders continue to open up a significant advantage throughout the quarter and extended their lead out to 21 points by the end of the period to lead 68-47 heading into the final stanza.
In the final period, a Barry Lamble basket gave the Riders their biggest lead of the game at 23 points with the score at 72-49 with 7:25 left in the contest. The Rocks tried valiantly to get themselves back into the contest, but the closest that they were able to get was 12 points at 83-71 with 29 seconds remaining, but the Riders held on for the impressive victory.
24 points from Sullivan was the games leading scorer in the Riders win, while 18 points from Donald Robinson was the leading mark for the Rocks in their defeat.