Scorchers 3 match winning run came to an abrupt end on Friday, when they ran into a rampant Wolves side who are racing up the table.
FT: Wolves 103-84 Scorchers
Scorchers started the event welcoming Jordan Williams, and Gabriel McCray into their squad for the first time this season. The game started at a slow pace, and it took Scorchers over 2 and a half minutes to get their first points on the board when Quincy Taylor finally scored a 2. Wolves started strongly and had built a 13-6 lead with 5 minutes gone. Scorchers began to find their stride, and 2s from Will Neighbour, Big Mike Ocherobia and Tayo Ogedengbe helped bring them back within 1, at 15-14 before Wolves went on a run of 7-1 as they ended the quarter 22-15 in front.
Scorchers started the second quarter well and brought the scores back to 5 when Jordan Williams found a 2, his first since returning from injury. But a scoring run of 17-5 saw Worcester take a commanding lead at 39-23. However, a pair of 2s from Big Mike and Tayo brought some clarity back to scores. Soon after McCray found a 3 to bring the hope of a comeback at 43-30 and when Neighbour found a couple more 2s to bring the scores back to 8, there was a real belief in the team. Despite the late surge from Scorchers, Wolves picked up their form again, and a couple more points towards the end of the half, saw them leading 50-38 at the break.
The third quarter saw Wolves pull even further ahead on the scoreboard. Chaz Rollins started proceedings off with a 2 for Scorchers. Before Wolves went on an 11-2 scoring run, only ended when Rollins found another 2, while being fouled in the process, allowing him to follow up by going 1/1 on the resulting free-throw. And just when Scorchers looked like they might find a way back into the match, Wolves went on another scoring run at 10-0 making the scores 71-45 in their favour. Kalil Irving and McCray did their best to bring the scores level with a couple of 2s, but Worcester now had a 79-51 lead. A couple of 2s from Neighbour and Irving brought Surrey hope going into the fourth, but as the third ended, Wolves lead 81-57.
After already coming back from seemingly impossible positions already this season, Scorchers weren’t prepared to give up just yet and came out fighting in the fourth when McCray and Williams got a couple of 2s between them. Neighbour and Irving then got in on the act with a couple of 2s of their own to bring the scores within 17 at 84-67, before Wolves hit back and retook command of the game. Scorchers continued to fight when first McCray scored a 2, and Taylor hit a 3, but with 1:37 left Worcester were 99-78 ahead. Wolves soon found their 100, and while it was Scorchers who finished the game as the stronger side Wolves ended up winners at 103-84.