Flyers struggle from deep in Riders defeat

Leicester Riders entertained their home fans as they made it two wins from two with a comfortable 79-59 victory against Bristol Flyers in the BBL Championship.

The defending champions recovered from a slow start as the defence took over to set the platform for a 20-point success.

Bristol led by three after ten minutes, but back-to-back triples from Kiefer Douse as part of a 10-0 start to the second period swung the momentum.

Riders held their opponents to just 22 points over the next 20 minutes to take control.

Although Jordan Davis hit three from four attempts from deep, the Flyers struggled to find their range as a team, going 4-17 for 23 per cent.

Riders’ Pierre Hampton impressed particularly in the first half with 15 points, five rebounds and three assists in a key contribution from last season’s Play-Off Final ‘Most Valuable Player’.

Elsewhere in the League, London Lions maintained top spot after they brushed aside Manchester Giants in a 115-74 success as Justin Robinson handed out 13 assists to go with 19 points.

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle defeated Glasgow Rocks 119-104 behind 37 points from Saah Nimley and a further 33 from Jaysean Paige, while DBL Sharks Sheffield eased past Leeds Force for a 98-71 triumph as they powered to victory in the middle periods.

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