Bradford Dragons travelled to Leicester Warriors on Saturday afternoon and came away with a 63-81 victory to finish 2014 off on a high note.
With club captain Vance Silcott returning from international duty in Montserrat, head coach Chris Mellor had the unusual luxury of picking from a full squad. But, with a record of only two wins from nine so far this season, the Dragons knew that they could ill afford to finish the year off with another defeat.
Bradford lost their offensive momentum in the third quarter, only adding 9 points to their total. But at the penultimate interval, with the scores at 44-62, the Dragons still held a clear advantage over their hosts. The travelling side held the margin through the final period of play, and travelled back to Bradford with a well-deserved victory.
Mellor said, after the game, “We got off to a great start, going up 20 after the first quarter and, although Leicester played well in the second half, we managed to stay double figures in front the rest of the way. Our intensity was good throughout and it was nice to have a full team to select from for the first time this season.”
Jeremee Davis top scored for the Dragons with 22 points whilst Rihards Sulcs finished on 17 points and Chris McGrew on 12.
Dragons now go into the Christmas and New Year break with a 3-7 record, and will be looking to push on towards the playoff spots in the New Year. The season resumes with a home double header weekend against Manchester Magic on Saturday 10th January, followed by the National Trophy quarter final match-up against Kent Crusaders the following day.