Riders outpace Raiders to reach the last four of the Trophy
BBL Trophy Quarter-Finals
Plymouth Raiders 83-90 Leicester Riders (24-23, 46-48, 67-72)
BBL Trophy holders Leicester Riders are safely into the Semi-Finals of the competition after a strong finish to their tricky road tie at Plymouth Raiders.
With the hosts buoyed by a couple of new signings ahead of the game, they pushed Riders hard, but weren’t able to resist the league leaders who held firm under pressure at the Pavilions.
— Leicester Riders (@RidersBball) January 5, 2018
Leading scorers – Sayers 18, Jarvelainen 18, Watson 17 (Raiders) Hampton 21, Douse 16, Walker 14 (Riders)
Turning point – It was 72-70 early in the last period, but 11 consecutive points for the visitors snapped the game open and Plymouth never recovered from that setback.
Key stat – Raiders had a staggering 24 offensive boards, but could not make the most of them with only 16 second chance points.
Game hero(es) – Pierre Hampton stood out for Riders with 21 points and 6 rebounds after a sharp-shooting effort.