Five-star Riders post their best-ever start to the BBL
Leicester Riders have posted their best-ever start to a BBL campaign after they claimed two victories at the weekend to stretch their unbeaten start to five wins.
Riders won their first four league games last year, matching their best start to a Premier League season set in 1990.
But by claiming their fifth win in a row against hosts Durham Wildcats yesterday by 79-74, Riders have set yet another club record under coach Rob Paternostro.
Riders are now second in the table and head to Tyneside on Friday when they take on league leaders Newcastle Eagles in a televised clash.
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The Jelson Homes DMU-backed Riders were made to battle every inch of the way against Durham.
The visitors grabbed a 6-0 lead, but the Wildcats' experienced guard, Ralph Bucci, quickly helped steady the ship with a three that narrowed Riders' lead to 10-5.
From then on in the first half, Riders were spluttering offensively, with the exception of point guard Zaire Taylor.
Taylor managed to rack up 14 points in 15 minutes of play in the first half to ensure Leicester edged the first quarter 20-17.
It was all Durham in the second period as the Wildcats went on a 15-6 run. The home side pushed their lead out to six points, before solid play from Drew Sullivan and another Taylor three helped Riders go in at half-time tied on 38-38.
Pavol Losonsky and John Fraley were doing damage on the offensive boards and good work by those two helped Riders edge the third quarter to lead 60-56.
The fourth quarter was a replica of the third, Riders opening up a 10-point lead at 68-58 before the Wildcats battled back.
Even a seven-point lead with 34 seconds left did not look safe, but Durham finally ran out of gas.
Wildcats 74: Page 24, Keister 13, Bucci 9, Baldarelli 9, Elderkin 5, Guinane 5, Johnson 5, Attah 4, Fowler, Reynolds.
Riders 79: Taylor 21, Losonsky 16, Sullivan 16, Fraley 14, Cousinard 5, Lamble 5, Washington 2, Calvo ,Hopkins, Anderson, Gould, Maynard.