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March 17, 2021 by Tom Bonnett

Leicester Riders 90 Surrey Scorchers 87

Scorchers came up just short on Wednesday night as we were narrowly beaten 90-87 by the Leicester Riders.

 

Connor Cashaw put in a monster performance as he poured in 19 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists.

 

Scorchers had a chance to tie the game up with nine seconds to play, but were unable to get a shot off in time as the Riders extended their lead at the top of the BBL Championship standings.

 

Leicester started the game strongly as Darian Nelson-Henry dominated inside during the opening quarter.

 

But Connor Cashaw and Ryan Richards ensured Scorchers stayed within touching distance, reducing the lead to just five points at the end of the first.

 

Riders continued their impressive offence in the second quarter as MVP candidate Geno Crandall dished out eight assists in the opening half, extending the lead to nine points at the half-time interval.

 

Creon Raftopoulos’ side came out firing after the half-time team talk, as Connor Cashaw and Lacey James piled on the pressure for Surrey.

 

Scorchers locked in on the defensive end to reduce the gap to just three points at the end of the third quarter.

 

Connor Cashaw continued to dominate for Surrey heading into the fourth quarter, as Lacey James and Emondre Rickman continued to crash the boards and earn second-chance opportunities.

 

A great defensive play from Cameron Hildreth to give Scorchers a chance to tie the game with nine seconds remaining in the game.

 

Some strong defence from the Riders stopped Surrey from getting a shot away, as Leicester took the 90-87 victory at Morningside Arena.

 

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