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February 17, 2019 by Ben Lang

SURREY SCORCHERS 90 V 68 DBL SHARKS SHEFFIELD

Surrey Scorchers losing streak comes to an end with a convincing win over the DBL Sheffield Sharks 90 – 69.

Off the back of a tough loss on Friday night against the Worcester Wolves,  Scorchers returned to the Sports Park with a lot to prove in their clash with the Sharks.

That point was proven this afternoon, as Scorchers lead from the first point, right through to the final buzzer.

Scorchers offence was buzzing with energy and intent which earnt them an early 6-1 lead within the first two minutes.

Despite Sharks pulling the score back to 8-8, Anthony Elechi was the first to respond, finding the tight pass from Tayo Ogedengbe, Elechi slammed down the huge dunk which sent the crowd wild.

From there, Scorchers went on to build a ten-point lead with the help of some much-improved free-throws, as Willie Atwood ended Q1 seven from seven from the foul line.

Ending the first quarter with a 14-point lead, Scorchers fan’s wondered if it was too good to be true. But Elechi came out in Q2 with back-to-back scores to build the Surrey lead early on.

The momentum continued to keep on rolling for the Scorchers despite Dirk Williams who put up 12 points alone in Q2 and a long-range buzzer beater from Sedale Hanson-Young.

Lead by Captain Ogedengbe, Scorchers headed into half-time 51 – 32 with confidence they’ve been missing since their New Year’s Day win.

The second half Scorchers continued to dominate, as Quincy Taylor made the tough shots to keep a consistent pressure, forcing a Sheffield to take a desperate timeout.

Joe Mvuezolo and Morakinyo Williams put on a strong defensive display, with a number of perfectly timed blocks to keep the Sharks at bay, ending Q3 67-50.

Heading into the final period, the home side truly felt they could hold onto the win.

Scorchers didn’t let up in Q4, with a steady trickle of threes coming from Caylin Raftopoulos, Ogedengbe, Atwood and Taylor to show what a real team performance the day had been.

Everything went Scorchers’ way, finally earning a much-deserved win and sent the Sharks home with a big 90 – 69 scoreline.

Surrey Scorchers will now endure a four-week block of away games, returning to Surrey Sports Park on the 24th March to face the Leicester Riders.

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