Basketball: Defeat is not a disaster if Force learn from on-court mistakes – Sayers

Leeds Force head coach 'Matt Newby.
Leeds Force head coach 'Matt Newby.
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Force suffered a heavy defeat on the road at the hands of the Leicester Riders on Saturday night (91-43).

Coming off the back of a comfortable win against the Manchester Giants, we wanted to put in another good performance.

However, Saturday night, I think it’s fair to say, was not our proudest moment.

Riders are boasting the league’s best defensive record as they have conceded the fewest points per game so far this season.

They came into the game with no intention of letting that slide.

We struggled to score early on as the home side ran out to a 12-0 lead. It took us getting to the free-throw line to get us off the mark and we managed to find some success after that to see out the quarter (25-12).

The second quarter was a slightly more successful one for Force as we managed to get a few more stops on the defensive end.

Nonetheless, the gap between the teams continued to widen and the half-time split stood at 45-25.

The second half needed to be a special one if we were going to salvage something from the game, so we used the break to get our heads back into it.

However, the third quarter saw a relentless Riders team pick up where they had left off and continue to pile on the points.

The rest of the game would follow suit.

When you play against a talented and experienced team like the Leicester Riders, you have to bring your best.

Unfortunately, on the night, it seemed like nothing was going our way from start to finish.

Although there are certainly other factors, the loss was quite simply a result of a great performance from a very strong Leicester Riders team, combined with a bad performance from us.

The best thing for us to do now, which we have done already this season, is learn from it and come back stronger.

Around the BBL this week, the Worcester Wolves, London Lions, Sheffield Sharks and Manchester Giants all enjoy wins, but the most impressive took place in Sheffield as the Sharks took on the Surrey Scorchers.

The game was dominated from beginning to end by the home side as they rallied out to an eventual 107-55 victory!

London Lions took on the Plymouth Raiders in what was a nailbiter!

The two teams have shown in their previous encounters that they are very well matched and this week it was no different. The game finished 86-84 in favour of the Lions after a late 11-2 run brought them back and took them ahead.

So, after what was a somewhat humbling experience last weekend, Leeds Force will be looking to get back on track as we face the Cheshire Phoenix the BBL Trophy.

The game takes place on Thursday, January 7 at the Carnegie Sports Arena, and a win will see us advance to the quarter-finals.

It’s going to be an exciting game as we face a team we have battled with previously in this win-or-go-home game!

We hope to see you there!