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January 19, 2019 by Ben Lang

SURREY SCORCHERS 83 V 89 CHESHIRE PHOENIX

Scorchers lose another closely contested game against Cheshire Phoenix 83-86.

It’s another loss on the board for Surrey Scorchers as Coach Raftopoulos says, “we can’t catch a break.”

It was a must-win game for the Scorchers side, who sit 11th in the table, as they welcomed the Cheshire Phoenix to Guildford for the second time this season.

Despite an onslaught of 3-points from Caylin Raftopoulos and top scorer of the game, Tayo Ogedengbe on 21, it just wasn’t enough.

It was a game of highs and lows as the arena fell silent watching Scorchers fall 7-14 down within the first 5 minutes.

However, following a trickle of threes from Raftopoulos seconds after walking onto the court, the Scorchers ended Q1 within a 3-point touching distance of 23-26.

The second period saw both teams tussle for the lead, as the game had to take a pause whilst Quincy Taylor searched the floor for his lost contact lens.

With his vision back in focus, Taylor looked up to the sight of Scorchers down by six as they headed to the changing room 43-49.

The second half was a story revolving more around the referees than the players, as Surrey Sports Park erupted with boos following a series of fouls which resulted in Quincy Taylor being ejected from the game.

The game ended in more disappointment for Scorchers as they struggled to contain Phoenix Captain Momcilo Latinovic who ended his 31 minutes on 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.

Scorchers Saturday night resulted in their 14th loss of the season at 83-89 and with plenty of work to do to try and keep their season alive.

Captain Ogedengbe said “We’re always working hard, it’s just not falling in our direction at the moment. We’ll keep working at it, keep doing what we’re doing and we’ll get there.”

Surrey Scorchers will now head into a week-long break until the 1st February when they face the Bristol Flyers at the SGS College Arena.

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