14 APR 2017: RIDERS 99-69 RAIDERSDate: 15/04/2017 | Author: Paul Smith
Leicester Riders 99 (19,44.68) (Washington 18, Sullivan/King 14)
Plymouth Raiders 66 (17,44,51) (Dixon 17, Corletto 15, Grady 12)
Leicester Riders secured the BBL Championship title for the second year running with a 99-69 victory over Plymouth Raiders.
Rob Paternostro's side turned on the style in the second half to pull away for their 26th win of the league campaign.
Conner Washington produced a late blitz from downtown to finish with a team-high 18 points in a typically balanced scoring attack from the Riders.
Shane Walker scored eight points early on as Leicester edged the opening period before the visitors kept pace and went into half-time level having led by as many as six at 33-39.
Leicester stepped things up on defence in the third period, holding their opponents to just seven points as they opened up a 17-point advantage.
A 16-0 run gave the Riders control and they pushed on in the final period with Washington knocking down four triples as the party started early in the closing minutes.
Tyler Bernardini stepped up as captain to lift the BBL Championship title for the club's second piece of silverware this season.
Riders are back in action on Sunday at London Lions, while Plymouth visit Glasgow Rocks as they still look to secure their place in the Play-Offs.