Riders win semi-final opener

Leicester Riders took the advantage in the BBL play-off semi-finals as they defeated Newcastle Eagles 90-79 on Thursday.

Jay Couisnard scored 25 points for the Riders to pave the way to victory ahead of the return leg in the north-east on Sunday.

Leicester lost three times to Newcastle during the regular season but overcame the league champions this evening following a dominant spell in the third quarter.