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February 19, 2022 by Samuel Lane

Surrey Scorchers dominated by Cheshire Phoenix at home

Surrey Scorchers dominated by Cheshire Phoenix at home

 

Cheshire Phoenix return to Surrey Sports Park after defeating the Scorchers by 5 points just 3 weeks ago.

 

Scorchers with a different line up to the previous game as Legend Robertin, Jules Dang-Akodo and Martelle McLemore take a seat due to injury. New comer Desmond Ringer is still being processed to play and also spent this one on the side lines.

 

Scorchers started strong with a pair of triples coming from Raftopoulos and Thomas to open the scoring. A hot start from Cheshire’s Bradley as he scores the first 7 points for the away side.

 

Scorchers playing with high energy on defensive trying to push the ball quickly in transition. Both teams trading points as Lamar Hamrick makes a couple of tough shots on offense.

 

New signing Henry Wilkins checks in the game and is unable to make it 2 minutes on court before sustaining an injury coming down on a rebound. He did not return to the game.

 

Some poor possessions on offense see Cheshire push out an 8-point lead with 50 second to go in the 1st quarter.

 

Sharpshooter Devin Thomas displays his versatility as he throws down a dunk to begin the 2nd quarter. Cheshire respond and extend their lead by 13 points as Namon Wright and Larry Austin step up for the Phoenix.

 

Scorchers Academy player Adam Ganniclefft checked into the game picking up on GB guard Teddy Okereafor gaining some BBL experience.

 

Scorchers struggle to score in the 2nd quarter as Stanley Davis Jr finishes the quarter strong attacking the hoop and drawing contact.

 

However defensively the home side were unable to get stops as Phoenix out score the scorchers 22 – 12 from points in the paint.

 

Phoenix stretch out to a 17-point lead at the end of the 2nd quarter as both teams headed into the locker room.

 

Scorchers come out the 2nd half looking uplifted and try to build some momentum in the opening few possessions. This was stopped as Coach Creon strongly disagreed with a foul call being awarded with a technical sending Cheshire to the line.

 

Stanley Davis Jr did what he does best finishing some unbelievable plays with contact and knocking down the bonus on his way to 21 points on the night.

 

Scorchers trailed by 17 before Lamar Hamrick takes flight and attempts to stuff one on a Cheshire head gaining 2 shots at the line as the deficit reduces to 15.

 

Cheshire’s experience in GB guard’s Okereafor and Mockford keep the away side composed and steady heading into the last few minutes of the 3rd quarter stamping out any run the Scorchers attempted.

 

In the final minute Davis Jr continues his scoring prowl cutting the game down to 12 points with 30 seconds to go.

 

As Scorchers taste a comeback Mockford starts the final quarter with two back to back triples as the GB guard heats up and pushes the lead back to 20 points.

 

Captain Tayo throws a dunk down before taking a break to keep the fans in the game as he moves to a quiet 8 points on the night.

 

Cheshire comfortably in the lead and still played hungry as they fought for offensive rebounds as Dickerson cleans up on the glass.

 

Scorchers attempt to stay in it but Cheshire make basket after basket as the game becomes out of reach for the home side.

 

Stanley checks out the game with 21 points as Adam Riabi steps in to get some experience as a young rising BBL player.

 

Scorchers played out the 4th quarter as Cheshire take a 62 – 90 victory.

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