BRADFORD Dragons fell to their fourth defeat in five games this season, after a lacklustre 94-82 home defeat against Liverpool in National Basketball League Division One.

The Dragons struggled for fluidity at either end, trailing throughout in a performance that never really got going.

Bradford got off to a typically slow start and despite Rafi Saipe and Matt Armstrong scoring back to back threes late in the first quarter, Liverpool answered emphatically to take a 26-15 lead.

Dave Walsh's sharpshooting clawed his team back into the contest to make it a one-point game, but a flurry of fast-break sequences from Liverpool ended the half, giving them a 53-46 lead at the interval.

The Dragons shaded a low scoring third period but still trailed by five points entering the final ten minutes.

After a Liverpool three started the final quarter, Rihards Šulcs recorded the Dragons' first points of the fourth with a layup, cutting the lead to seven.

However, then came the decisive spell in the game. Bradford went cold on the offensive end, going the best part of three and a half minutes without a bucket.

Liverpool duly capitalised and with just under five minutes left, the Dragons were down by 14.

Ricky Fetske offered a brief moment of hope for the Dragons with a spell of dominance. The American knocked down a mid-range jumper before slamming home from a transition break to cut the Liverpool lead to seven.

But Bradford just could not get any stops when they needed them most, and the visitors sealed the deal 94-82.

Head Coach Chris Mellor said: “It was a poor performance, we didn’t defend and rebound well, and Liverpool fully deserved the win.”

The Official University of Bradford Player of the Game went to Saipe, who recorded 14 points, seven assists, and five rebounds, while Dave Walsh top-scored for the Dragons with 16 points.

Next up is an away fixture at table toppers Team Solent Kestrels, a game which provides the sternest of tests of the Dragons’ resolve.