Scorchers tipped-off 2021 action with a narrow defeat at Cheshire.
Creon Raftopoulos’ side led through the opening three quarters of the contest, but a late comeback from the home side led by Mike McCall stole the road win away from Surrey.
Jalen Hayes led the game in scoring with 31 points for Cheshire, while Tony Hicks scored 24 points off the bench for the Scorchers.
Scorchers started the game strongly with quick back-to-back baskets from Ryan Richards.
With no Evan Walshe in the side after being deemed not fit to play by the teams Covid-19 doctor, Tony Hicks led the charge from the bench for Surrey.
It was the road side that held a narrow two-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
Hicks came to life in the second quarter for Surrey, and a late run of scoring from Lovell Cook extended the lead to nine points heading into the half-time break.
The second half was a closely fought affair with Jalen Hayes and Kahron Ross leading the charge for Cheshire, whilst Hicks and Skyler White continued the push for Scorchers – extending the lead into double-digits heading into the fourth quarter.
Mike McCall stepped up for Cheshire in the final period with three unanswered three-pointers, shifting the momentum back into the hands of the home side.
GB under-20 Kyle Carey and Kahron Ross continued the charge for Cheshire, who took the lead with a minute to play.
A five-point deficit was narrowed to two points with a big three pointer from Captain Tayo Ogedengbe.
Scorchers were forced to foul with 16 seconds to play, but Carey and Ross each sunk their free-throws to confirm the win for Cheshire.
Surrey’s poor run away from home continues, as Creon’s side have failed to win on the road since November 2019.
Scorchers are back in action at SSP on Saturday 23rd January as we host Manchester Giants in BBL Championship action.