Plymouth grab their first BBL win
The Sky cameras were on at the Pavillions down in the Southwest as Scorchers fell in front of a packed-out Patriots crowd as Plymouth secure their first win of the season.
Unfortunately for the Scorchers the never ending injury problems continue as leader and captain Tayo Ogedengbe sat this one out due to injury.
It was a slow start to the game for both teams as the home and away side settle into the game and relax their nerves from the prime time Sky cameras.
Lamar Hamrick continues from his performance last week as he shoots 100% in the first quarter quickly tallying up to 13 points. McLemore added some offensive power off the bench making his first two step back jump shots giving Scorchers a 20 – 21 lead.
The 2nd quarter made the difference in the game as the Surrey side couldn’t find a fluidity to their offence.
It was Deja vu from last week as Legend Robertin picks up his 4th foul in the 2nd quarter after back-to-back offensive fouls from moving screens. With no rim protection Plymouth found momentum.
Antonio Williams and Rowell Graham deliver the damage inside the paint for the Patriots as multiple fast breaks from 9 Scorchers turnovers extend out an 11-point lead for the home team.
The first 7 minutes of the 3rd quarter were all Patriots with no shots dropping for the Scorchers. Plymouth run up a 18 point lead with no answer.
Scorchers dig deep in the last 3 minutes pulling together a string of defensive stops led from Lamar Hamrick. Doing it all on offense and defence as he moves to 19 points in the third and would finish the night with 25 points.
This momentum was stopped as Legend fouls out the game with 40 seconds left as Scorchers enter the final quarter 65 – 50 down.
Coach Creon demanded a tough ask to claw the game back, Scorchers put in a huge defensive effort from Jules Dang-Akodo and Martelle McLemore getting stops on defence. However, a lack of execution in advantage transitional play gave Plymouth Patriots the separation they needed to claim their first BBL league victory.