Leicester Riders keep up pressure on BBL leaders
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.