Head coach Rob Paternostro has admitted Leicester Riders were well beaten by Milton Keynes Lions in the BBL Trophy.
Riders, who beat Lions by eight points in their first BBL game, lost 107-90 in Friday's away fixture and now seem unlikely to qualify from the group.
Lions have a better head-to-head record and, if as expected both teams win their remaining group games against London Leopards, Lions will progress.
"They were better from the start," Paternostro told BBC Radio Leicester.
"There's no doubt about that.
"They shot the ball better than us from start to finish. They were making every shot and at the other end of the floor we couldn't make anything.
"We fought hard to get back in it but it wasn't meant to be. It was a tough loss for us.
"The main concern for me was our rebounding and our interior play.
"You have to find a way to protect your basket inside and find a way to score inside and we were not able to do that. Both factors resulted in a bad loss."