Basketball: Leicester Riders in final seconds win
Pavol Losonsky came up with a vital rebound and two free-throws with 1.7 seconds remaining as Leicester Riders maintained their lead at the top of the BBL last night.
It was the Slovak's late intervention that won a pulsating 76-72 victory at Glasgow Rocks.
Losonsky drew a foul from Mike Ringgold after snaring a game-winning offensive rebound.
He then put the result beyond the home side with the final two of his game-high 22-points.
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Moments earlier, Drew Sullivan was on the free-throw line with the chance to ice the victory with 2.4 seconds on the clock, but he twice missed only for Losonsky to come up trumps in the fight for the loose ball.
Victory equalled a club record 11 consecutive wins for the Jel-son Homes DMU-sponsored Riders, as for the second Sunday in a row they rallied from a double-figure deficit on the road.
Losonsky actually hit the last three points of the game all from the free-throw line as Riders maintained their edge in the title race.
With the home side in amazing three-point shooting form in the first half, Riders were struggling to keep with them and, at the end of the first period, were 24-15 behind.
Six points from Zaire Taylor cut the gap to only five in the second quarter, but a 9-2 run by Glasgow had them into the biggest lead of the game at 38-25 three minutes from half-time.
Losonsky had five as Leicester finished the first half with the final seven points to narrow the gap to seven, but the Rocks were back into a double-figure lead early in the third.
Four points from Sullivan and a Taylor three-pointer saw Riders net nine unanswered points to cut it to 50-49 and when Antony Rowe scored the final basket of the quarter, Leicester had their first lead since the opening exchanges.
At the start of the final period, Riders were in the ascendancy with Rowe and Sullivan guiding them to a 65-59 lead.
But Donald Robinson continued his fine recent form to cut the Leicester lead to only a point with three minutes to play.
Rowe's free throws made it 73-70 with 90 seconds left and neither team managed a basket on the next few plays, including a couple of three-point misses by the Rocks which could have tied the game.
Gareth Murray made it a one-point game with 20 seconds left, although Losonsky doubled that a few seconds later. Riders then denied EJ Harrison a potentially tieing basket, before Sullivan was fouled and Losonsky had the final word.
Rocks: Robinson 19, Harrison 18, Davis 15, Murray 7, Vanderbeken 4, Ringgold 4, Fantazia 3, Wedemire 2
Riders: Losonsky 22, Rowe 18, Taylor 17, Sullivan 10, Anderson 5, Couisnard 4