drew_sullivan_post_up_ville_568After the disappointment of losing the BBL Trophy Final last weekend, Leicester Riders extracted a modicum of revenge with a 85-63 blowout of Sheffield Sharks which strengthened their grip on first place in the British Basketball League.

The visitors raced into a 27-14 first quarter lead to make an early statement of intent – a message being delivered in no uncertain terms by captain Drew Sullivan who led by example with 13 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

With Sharks suffering something of a Trophy hangover, Riders continued to dominate during the second quarter and by half-time, had taken their lead out to an unassailable 46-26.

Sharks weren’t helped by BJ Holmes being on a poor shooting night until late in the game, a far cry from his MVP display in last Saturday’s showpiece game.

The home side couldn’t find any kind of telling run during the second half to even remotely threaten any kind of comeback and Riders coasted to yet another league success.

Jay Couisnard paced Leicester with 18 points.

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