Surrey Scorchers were defeated by the Leicester Riders 104-82 to lose their second BBL match of the new year. Scorchers kept pace with Leicester in the first half and trailed by just five points at the half time.
But they couldn’t maintain the tempo in the second half as the Champions ran away to a resounding victory.
Josh Steel led the way for the Scorchers with 15 points, while Alex Owumi and Tony Hicks had 14 points apiece.
Tayo Ogedengbe got Scorchers off on the right foot as they moved into an early lead.
But the riders went on a 13-point run to lead at the end of the first quarter.
Scorchers took control in the second half thanks to an impressive scoring display through the roster. Despite having the lead in moment of the second, they trailed by five at the break.
The BBL Champions dominated the second half and a string of fouls against Scorchers allowed Leicester to build a lead. Levi Noel’s efforts on both ends could not slow down Bernadini and the Riders.
Leicester cruised to a comfortable 22-point victory to hand Scorchers their second defeat of the New Year.
Scorchers move to a 10-11 record in the BBL league table.