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Surrey Scorchers came roaring back in Q4 but it was again Q3 which proved decisive as Leicester Riders held on for the win.

Surrey Scorchers came roaring back in Q4 but it was again Q3 which proved decisive as Leicester Riders held on for the win.

Scorchers had started strong – and were particularly impressive from deep with a string of 3-pointers – but were unable to shake off the second-placed Riders and the hosts turned a slim half-time advantage into a commanding lead with ten minutes remaining.

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Scorchers had, though, started strongly, and surged into a 12-6 lead thanks to back-to-back 3s from captain Ogedengbe. The visitors led 21-15 at the first break and Caylin Raftopolous, Henry Wilkins and Joe Mvuezolo continued the three-point party into Q2.

Yet still the Riders were keeping pace with their resurgent opposition, and steadily dragged themselves back into the game. Anderson landed his own three from the corner in the closing seconds and Riders were up by two at the half.

Scorchers traded point-for-point at the start of Q3 but Holder landed a three with four minutes left in the quarter and that sparked the game’s decisive period as Riders built a 15-point lead. Quincy Taylor netted a jumping two from just inside the arc in the final play of Q3.

Anderson took his personal tally to 18 with consecutive threes and Riders were pulling away into a 19-point advantage. Yet that only served to sting the Scorchers into an impressive response. Mvuezolo dunked two on a fast break and within seconds had netted a three which pulled Scorchers back to within ten and strong defence allowed Ogedengbe to pull it further back, to six, with 1:51 remaining.

That was still the margin when Mvuezolo went 2-for-2 from the line with 45 seconds remaining, but Riders made an offensive rebound to give them a cushion which allowed them to close out the win despite Taylor’s late basket.

Riders won’t have a chance to play for the title on Sunday, but Scorchers showed more than enough to suggest that they can play for a huge amount of pride when they host Bristol Flyers at the Sports Park arena in the final game of a tough season.

Surrey Scorchers were defeated 95-60 by the Leicester Riders tonight in the BBL Championship.

Surrey Scorchers were defeated 95-60 by the Leicester Riders tonight in the BBL Championship.

Riders, who have already been crowned Champions put in a dominant performance and led throughout the entire game.

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Tony Hicks top-scored for Scorchers with 21 points and Gerald Robinson was next highest with 12.

It was a tough start to the night for Scorchers who trailed by ten after just over 5 minutes.

The first quarter ended with Riders leading 26-11 and they didn’t look back from there.

Rob Paternostro’s side confirmed their BBL Championship title a number of weeks ago but had lost their two previous fixtures.

They continued to dominate and opened up a 22-point lead at half-time.

With a number of tactical changes throughout the game, Creon Raftopoulos’ side struggled to contain the 3-peat champions.

Scorchers will look to return to winning ways as Newcastle Eagles visit Surrey Sports Park tomorrow with a 2pm tip-off!

Surrey Scorchers were defeated by the Leicester Riders 104-82 to lose their second BBL match of the new year. Scorchers kept pace with Leicester in the first half and trailed by just five points at the half time.

Surrey Scorchers were defeated by the Leicester Riders 104-82 to lose their second BBL match of the new year. Scorchers kept pace with Leicester in the first half and trailed by just five points at the half time.

But they couldn’t maintain the tempo in the second half as the Champions ran away to a resounding victory.

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Josh Steel led the way for the Scorchers with 15 points, while Alex Owumi and Tony Hicks had 14 points apiece.
Tayo Ogedengbe got Scorchers off on the right foot as they moved into an early lead.

But the riders went on a 13-point run to lead at the end of the first quarter.

Scorchers took control in the second half thanks to an impressive scoring display through the roster. Despite having the lead in moment of the second, they trailed by five at the break.

The BBL Champions dominated the second half and a string of fouls against Scorchers allowed Leicester to build a lead. Levi Noel’s efforts on both ends could not slow down Bernadini and the Riders.

Leicester cruised to a comfortable 22-point victory to hand Scorchers their second defeat of the New Year.
Scorchers move to a 10-11 record in the BBL league table.

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