Although, Ricky Fetske won the tip-off for Bradford, it was the home side that put the first score on the board, before Rihards Šulcs (sponsored by Templewood Photography) levelled with a reverse layup. But, Leicester took hold of the opening minutes and opened up a seven-point lead, 9-2.
Rafi Saipe (sponsored by Made4Fighters) stepped up with a long distance three and then, when former Dragon, Carl Pearson, missed his layup at the other end, Šulcs took full advantage with another two off the back board (9-7).
Another two from Saipe, quickly followed by a layup from Fetske, saw Bradford level the game at eleven points each at the half way point of the opening quarter and then Fetske popped up again to give Bradford their first lead of the game, 11-13.
The game stayed close through the rest of the period, and as the buzzer sounded to signal the first scheduled break in play, the scores were even, at 22-22.
The second period started in the similar fashion to the first, with Leicester drawing first blood and again opening up a seven-point lead. Šulcs got two back for Bradford and then, after Leicester had hit two of his own, Marcus Gooding (sponsored by Gooding Funeral Services) shimmied past Leicester’s Brown to put up his first points of the game.