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February 6, 2022 by Samuel Lane

Scorchers finish double-header weekend with a loss to Plymouth

Scorchers hit the road to the South-West to play their 2nd game of the double header weekend after a quick turnaround from last night’s defeat to Manchester.

 

The Surrey sides roster dwindles again due to injuries after the Giants game seeing Raftopoulos, Dang-Akodo, Robertin and Jamison all out for this one.

 

With missing personnel Scorchers Adam Riabi and Dean Wanliss get their first starts of the season and Wanliss opens the scoring with a pick and pop midrange jump shot. Scorchers play the opening 3 minutes with patience on offence leading by 5.

 

Tayo subs on for Wanliss as Plymouth find sharpshooter Joe Hart to tie the game up.

 

Devin Thomas finds his stroke early in the game knocking down two back to back 3 pointers.

 

With Wanliss off the floor Scorchers struggle to match up inside as Plymouth find Rashard Hassan inside for some easy looks.

 

David Jr could not be stopped, 100% in the first quarter knocking down deep 3s on the Plymouth defence. David Jr completes the quarter by firing one to beat the buzzer as the guard moves to 16 points and edged Scorchers in front 23 – 26.

 

Scorchers cursed 2nd quarter comes to haunt them again Joe Hart returns Davis Jr 3 balls with some of his own shooting 6/7 to start the second quarter. Hart would go on to finish the night with a season high 25 points.

 

Coach Creon forced to call a time out to slow down the momentum as Scorchers are unable to find a bucket and Plymouth push out a 10 point lead.

 

Coach Creon’s adjustments stopped the bleeding and narrowed the deficit to 7 points from pushing the ball in transition and gaining some defensive stops.

 

Exiting to the locker room the Scorchers begin the third quarter with high energy with a run and gun style of play.

 

Plymouths Rashard Hassan picks up a technical foul sending him to the bench for Plymouth as Scorchers trail by 6 points. The inconsistency from Scorchers on defence and turnovers on offence allow Plymouth comfort room to regain a 10-point lead.

 

Captain Tayo checks in the game on his limited minutes to try and balance the floor as he knocks down a corner 3 to bring some life back into the team.

 

Plymouth found themselves in team fouls towards the end of the 3rd as Scorchers were able to slow the game down and get to the charity stripe to get points on the board whilst the clock is stopped.

 

Young Adam Riabi knocks down a big 3 to close the third quarter and bring us within 4 points heading into the last.

 

With Scorchers looking like they are on the verge of a comeback the experience of Hassan and Williams stretch out a 10-point lead to begin the 4th. Davis Jr checks back into the game to inject his aggressiveness after a much-needed rest period.

 

With a small rotation it was evident to see the tired legs on the Surrey side as forced shots on offense and unforced turnovers results in a 15-point lead for patriots with 3 minutes on the clock.

 

Patriots run the clock down on offense taking an 87 – 74 victory over the Scorchers.

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