Surrey Scorchers kept their nerve in the closing stages as they denied Leeds Force a first league win of the season.
Leeds Force 79-86 Surrey Scorchers (27-27, 44-46, 59-63)
Leading Scorers – Wanliss/Bennett 14, Bankevics 12 (Force) – Hicks 20, Ogedengbe 18, Robinson 15 (Scorchers)
Turning Point – As they did against Plymouth, Leeds made a strong start and led 44-38 before an 8-0 close to the half from Surrey. The visitors stayed ahead and looked in control at 70-80 before a 7-0 Leeds burst applied late pressure.
Key Stat – Leeds had 38 points off the bench including 14 from Tre Bennett on debut, but despite their improvement, the key stat will be their 0-4 league record as they still await that first win.
Game Hero(es) – Tony Hicks led the way for the Scorchers with a game-high 20 points and kept his composure down the stretch to seal the win from the foul line.
Scorchers are back in action this Sunday when they return to the home court for the first time this season, hosting the Worcester Wolves in a 3pm tip-off at Surrey Sports Park. Click here to buy tickets online now!
Report from bbl.org.uk.