Leicester Riders keep up pressure on BBL leaders

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Leicester Riders kept the pressure on the BBL Championship leaders with a 97-86 home win over Sheffield Sharks.

Riders stretched a 24-19 first-period lead to 51-42 by the break, and they dominated the third quarter and eased to victory despite a late Sharks rally.

Ayron Hardy led the hosts with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists.

Riders [26 points] are 10 points behind leaders Newcastle with three games in hand. They also have five games in hand on second-placed Worcester.

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