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Report: Comeback Kings secure Third League Win

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Surrey Scorchers completed another 4th quarter comeback on Saturday evening as they overcame a gutsy Plymouth Raiders outfit to take a 91-86 win at Surrey Sports Park.

Surrey Scorchers completed another 4th quarter comeback on Saturday evening as they overcame a gutsy Plymouth Raiders outfit to take a 91-86 win at Surrey Sports Park.

Raiders led for much of the encounter only for Surrey to stage what is becoming a characteristic fight back in the final period, bagging 35 points to edge ahead of the winless Raiders and prevent a win on Daryl Corletto’s first night as Plymouth player-coach.

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Pre-game Coach Creon was full of praise for his Scorchers side, who welcomed back Elvisi Dusha into the roster following his return, and fans were hopeful of finally seeing a full strength Surrey squad in action.

But this wasn’t to be as after a little over a minute of the game Henry Wilkins, Scorchers’ hero 7 days previous, took a heavy knock in the mid-court and fell awkwardly causing concern for Surrey physio Danielle Surrett. A 45 minute delay followed while full precautions were taken to ensure that the Surrey-born guard was safely taken to hospital where, to the delight of the 626-strong crowd, it was confirmed that he was uninjured.

When play continued, Raiders flew out the strongest with Corletto bagging 9 points to led his pack. Christian Behrens attempted to halt Plymouth in gaining a too bigger advantage at the break, bagging two from the line and a jump shot mid-way into the period, but the visitors still led by 4 at quarter time (18-22).

Neither side were able to gain a clear advantage in the second. Tayo Ogedengbe potted two from the line early on followed by a fine lay-up from Nick Schlitzer to level the scores for the first time in the period, while Will Neighbour looked for various 3 point shots to hand his side the lead but the ball was refusing to sink from distance. Scorchers took the quarter by 3 points, but the Raiders led 42-43 at half time.

A sleepy opening to the 3rd quarter gave Plymouth their biggest lead of the game with a 10 point advantage. Felder stopped the drought with a tidy back-to-basket hooked 2 pointer before a Behrens steal and Schlitzer lay-up gave Scorchers a hint of momentum. Dusha went coast-to-coast on the buzzer to drag back the deficit and it was a 3 point game ahead of the final period (54-57).

Richie Edwards potted an early 3 for Raiders and as they quickly extended their lead to 7 with 8.47 on the clock. It was at this point that Scorchers blew their opponents aside with a 10-2 run. Behrens, Dusha and Schreiber were all linking up well to put the points on the board before Tayo secured the lead with a steal and 2 point jump shot. Raiders continued to bag 3-pointers but Scorchers were clinical at the opposite end, with captain Tayo finishing the game with a trademark dunk to see his side take their 3rd win of the season (91-86).

DJ Felder put in arguably his best performance in black so far this season, with a 20pt/10rb double-double. Behrens and Schlitzer followed up with 17 points-a-piece to cap another exciting evening of entertainment at Surrey Sports Park.

Click here to view the full BBL LiveStats from the game.

Scorchers will now enjoy a well-deserved two week break before returning to home court action on Sunday 8th November for the visit of the Bristol Flyers in a 3pm tip-off.

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FT – Surrey Scorchers 91-86 Plymouth Raiders TAYO DUNKS and Scorchers TAKE THE WIN! Another superb final quarter. These boys know how to entertain!#TimeToBurn #TheBBL

Posted by Surrey Scorchers on Saturday, 24 October 2015

 

Photos from Scorchers' home win against the Plymouth Raiders Basketball Club in the BBL Championship.Photos by Steve Porter

Posted by Surrey Scorchers on Monday, 26 October 2015

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