Bradford Dragons fell to a disappointing 86-70 road defeat against the Loughborough Riders in NBL Division One.
The Dragons drop to 6-9 on the season after a second straight defeat and a sixth defeat in the last seven games.
Sparked by a dominant second and third quarter, the Riders led by as many as 31 in a game where Dragons struggled offensively.
Heading into their third meeting of the season, with the season series tied at a game each, the two teams sat tied for the sixth spot in Division One on 12 points apiece.
Opening an early 7-2 lead, the Dragons were spacing the floor well and getting good looks, as Andreas Lycoudis, Ricky Fetske, and Dave Walsh all-scored.
An Achilles heel all game long for Dragons, the Riders offensive rebounding began to take centre stage in a 10-2 run that put the hosts 12-9 to the good.
Both teams battled to take the game by the scruff of the neck, but a tightly fought opening quarter ended with Dragons down 22-21.
Led by 11 points from Lycoudis on 4-4 shooting, the Dragons offense looked in a nice rhythm moving into the second quarter.
After knocking down four threes on 4-8 shooting in the opening period, Dragons perimeter shooting tailed off dramatically in an almost five-minute stretch of scoreless basketball to open the second quarter.