Scorchers picked up their fourth win of the season in the BBL Championship by defeating Cheshire Phoenix on the road!
Creon Raftopoulos’ side secured the head-to-head against Phoenix behind 21 points from Ryan Richards!
It was a slow start to the contest as neither side could take the lid of the basket.
Richards sparked the offence for the Scorchers with a ferocious steal and slam, before Cameron Hildreth entered the game and scored a beautiful and-one lay-up.
Scorchers led the game 22-18 at the end of the opening period.
Ben Thomas’ Phoenix side battled back in the second quarter as former Scorcher Matthew Bryan-Amaning took control of the offence, while Jimbo Lull and Kyle Carey combined to give Cheshire a one-point lead heading into half-time.
Creon Raftopoulos’ team talk seemed to work perfectly as Scorchers raced out into a lead at the beginning of the third quarter.
Everything was falling for Surrey as Richards and Tony Hicks led the charge for the Scorchers, as they won the period 27-16 and led by double-digits heading into the fourth quarter.
But Phoenix were not going down without a fight, as Kahron Ross and Jimbo Lull fired Cheshire all the way back with a minute to play.
Tony Hicks was fouled and failed to convert two free-throws, and Kyle Carey converted on the opposing end to make it a one-point game.
Cameron Hildreth converted one of two free-throws to make it a two-point game, and blocked Carey’s three-point attempt at the buzzer to ensure Surrey travelled home with the win.
Scorchers move to 4-10 in the BBL Championship.