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January 31, 2021 by Tom Bonnett

Leicester Riders 103 Surrey Scorchers 76

Scorchers can’t complete the weekend double as they were blown out 103-76 by the Leicester Riders.

 

A fast start from Creon Raftopoulos’ side was quickly overturned by the home team, who took control of the game in the second quarter and never looked back.

 

Tayo Ogedengbe led the Scorchers with 19 points, including 15 in the first half.

 

The travelling Scorchers carried over some momentum from Friday’s win against Glasgow with a strong start at the Morningside Arena.

 

Some hot shooting from Tony Hicks and Tayo Ogedengbe helped Surrey pull away to a nine-point lead in the opening quarter.

 

But the Riders quickly responded with some three-point shooting of their own from Connor Washington and Geno Crandall.

 

Scorchers allowed their lead to quickly slip away in the second quarter as they struggled to contain the hot hand of the Riders.

 

The bench mob of Ali Fraser, Washington and William Lee helped Leicester win the second period 32-18 to take a double digit lead into the break.

 

The Riders started the second half as they finished the first with some impressive team basketball led by Crandall and Jamell Anderson.

 

Despite Connor Cashaw’s best attempts to claw Surrey back into the game, everything was falling for the Riders as they were shooting 63% from the field at the end of the third period.

 

With the game all but over heading into the fourth quarter, Cashaw and Walshe continued to battle hard, while Leicester Riders cruised to a comfortable win on their home floor.

 

Surrey drop to 2-6 in the BBL Championship, and are back in action on Friday night as they host Thames Valley Cavaliers in the opening round of the BBL Trophy.

 

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