Perfect sending off to four days of Winter Holidays from Riders vs Wolves
Once again Loughborough Uni offered an exciting end to the BBL-TV game – as Leicester Riders and Worcester Wolves played the last game in the league before couple of days of rest for the players and fans.
Wolves had Robert Thurman in the opening warm-up, but with him not taking any running steps, or jumps – it looked unlikely that the player would feature in the evenings game. But the Wolves had a new signing Paul Guede to add depth to the roster
Still – the Riders looked strong and before the game, it felt like a home win coming. Some sharp shooting from the visitors did give them a small cushion early in the game, something that they held onto for a long time.
Wolves might have been in the lead, but it was Riders new boy TrayVonn Wright who gave the crowd something to shout about – nice little slam and then even more spectacular Alley-Oop from the pass of Neil Watson… if those didn’t get your bum of the seats, not quite sure what would?
As the game progressed, Wolves short bench started to get into foul trouble – which in the end resulted Remi Dibo being called for his fifth foul.
Just when it seemed Riders were taking the game, with little less than four minutes on the clock – after big threes from Bernardini and Washington.. the game had one more swing to offer.
PJ – Riders vs Wolves
Wolves tightened their defence and allowed only 2 POINTS!! in the last 3 minutes and 48 seconds – partly helped by missed free throws.
Visitors themselves kept their hand steady from the bonus stripe and that proved to be enough to win the game.
Rashad Hassan missed two from the line as Riders held a one point lead – after which the Wolves played smart and went past.. and held on to get the points.
At the end of the game – you could once again see the passion for the game from Riders coach Paternostro as he rushed after the referees. Some great pictures of this – but, it is Xmas and I am a kind hearted fellow.. so those images can stay in the archives for later use.