A disastrous third quarter condemned Leeds Force to a 25th straight BBL defeat on Friday night, suffering a 110-70 loss against fellow strugglers Plymouth Raiders.
An enthralling opening saw Gazmend Sinani muscle through the Plymouth defence to the rim as Leeds looked to shatter their five-month winless streak in BBL competition against the struggling Raiders.
Short-handed Force continued to quell the Plymouth threat in the opening minutes and battled into a deserved lead – Kosovan international Sinani leading the Force charge and punishing the Raiders defence with a flurry of early baskets.
The pace soon quickened as Plymouth expectedly fought back, cutting the deficit as former Force threat Zak Wells haunted his former side with a decisive finish.
Sinani continued to expose Plymouth’s defensive flaws with a tough bucket at the buzzer to tie a pulsating contest and close an electric first 10 minutes.
A devastating second-segment response from Plymouth caught Leeds off guard as Raiders ramped up the points. The fatigued Force recaptured the momentum late on courtesy of Mo Williams’ forceful slam before ex-Leeds sharp-shooter Eddie Matthew traded triples with Force captain Isaac Mourier as both teams upped the tempo to end a breathless half.
Force’s bruisers continued to pummel a lightweight Raiders defence in the third – Williams pouring in points and upping his game tally to 22 before a stunning five-minute Plymouth purple patch shattered any hopes of a second Leeds win of the year.
Another familiar Force face – Louis Sayers – demolished the fatigued Force with a scintillating series of trebles, whilst fellow Raiders marksman Tre Bowman’s sensational shooting cut Leeds’ defence to ribbons. With the game’s result beyond doubt after a nightmarish third – Force awoke from their slumber and battled hard in a back-and-forth final quarter, with a sensational 49 points combined between forward duo Sinani and Williams leaving Leeds fans with something to cheer as Plymouth held on for a flattering win