Cheshire Phoenix put up a brave fight but were eventually put to the sword by BBL league leaders Leicester Riders.
Colin O'Reilly's Phoenix side were beaten 100-90 at the Cheshire Oaks Arena in front of a bumper crowd on Sunday (October 16) but gave the league's strongest outfit a run for their money.
The game had added intrigue with Cheshire duo Raheem May-Thompson and Jamell Anderson both facing their former club while there was a familiar face in the Riders line up in the shape of former fan favourite Taylor King.
On the court Tyler Bernardini produced a near-flawless display from the floor with 32 points containing just one miss to help keep the unbeaten start going.
Riders were quick out of the blocks with an 11-2 burst to start the game. The home side were still down nine at the end of the first, but responded brightly in the second period.
A 15-3 run, capped by a three from Earl Brown saw Cheshire take the lead at 33-32. However, Bernardini just couldn't miss in the first half and raced to 24 points on perfect eight-of-eight shooting to help his side move ahead by five at the interval.
The home side continued to stay in contention in the third but were unable to re-take the lead and Conner Washington's lay-in at the buzzer handed the Riders a six-point cushion to take into the final period.
Leicester were able to maintain control and pulled clear to complete their sixth league victory as the efforts of the home side fell short.
Brown top scored for Cheshire with 23 points as they drop to a 1-3 in the league after a tough start to their campaign.