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Plymouth Raiders 108 v 89 Surrey Scorchers

Surrey Scorchers endured a second defeat on the road in three days as the Raiders returned to winning ways at Plymouth Pavilions.

Surrey Scorchers endured a second defeat on the road in three days as the Raiders returned to winning ways at Plymouth Pavilions.

The Raiders, with Rashad Hassan a particular danger under the hoop, had threatened to run away with victory in a domineering first quarter, but Scorchers – inspired by the three-point shooting of new signing Chaed Wellian – pulled the hosts back as they tied the second quarter 20 points apiece.

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That, though, still left a 14-point deficit at the half, which was extended to 19 within 90 seconds of the restart after two Scorchers turnovers, and the visitors never truly clawed themselves back into contention.

Despite 36 points from the bench, Raiders were able to pull away in the third quarter and hit the century mark in the final two minutes as they dominated at both ends of the court.

Both sides finished with a flourish, and even though Scorchers ultimately took the final quarter by two points the Devonian side were able to comfortably see out the game.

Surrey Scorchers were dealt their tenth loss of the BBL Championship season on the road against Plymouth Raiders.

Surrey Scorchers were dealt their tenth loss of the BBL Championship season on the road against Plymouth Raiders.

Despite establishing an early lead in the game Surrey were unable to hold off the in-form Raiders at Plymouth Pavilions.

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Boosted by the presence of former NBA second-round draft pick Ryan Richards, Scorchers looked confident in the early stages of the game.

The ex-San Antonio Spurs man showed just why he made it the world’s top basketball league in the opening quarter, knocking down 6/7 from the field and racking up 24 points in the process.

However, Raiders regrouped at the break and began to gain a foothold in the game with Rashad Hassan maintaining an impressive 100% shooting record.

Scorchers fought hard to stay in the game, Quincy Taylor, Richards and GB teammate Josh Steel linking up to keep the side within seven points of the hosts at the break.

The home side came out flying after the break, Hassan continuing to be a menace from the field, while Donte Nicholas completed his own double-double.

A late pair of threes from Willie Atwood helped to close the gap, but Scorchers trailed Raiders 87-71 heading into the final quarter.

Raiders continued their relentless attacks, taking advantage of a clearly tired and frustrated Scorchers side.

Yet, in spite of the score line, Scorchers showed a determination to never give up. Atwood, Caylin Raftopoulos and captain Tayo Ogedengbe setting the example.

Atwood battled hard on the boards to keep Scorchers in the fight, and even put up an impressive 20 points before the final buzzer.

Nevertheless, Raiders had already established their dominance on the game. Even with Scorchers breaking the century mark, the home-side emerged victorious.

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Jordan Williams scored 25 points with 10 rebounds as Surrey Scorchers defeated Plymouth Raiders 85-80.
Scorchers started slow and trailed by eight points at half-time before a second half comeback gave Scorchers the win.

Jordan Williams scored 25 points with 10 rebounds as Surrey Scorchers defeated Plymouth Raiders 85-80.
Scorchers started slow and trailed by eight points at half-time before a second half comeback gave Scorchers the win.

Tony Hicks finished the game with 16 points while both Tayo Ogedengbe and Alex Owumi both finished with 11 points.

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Brandon Penn top-scored for Plymouth Raiders, with 20 points while also picking up 10 rebounds.

The Raiders started the brighter side, leading 18-5 after the first five minutes of play, and the first quarter ending 25-17 to Plymouth.

The game finished 46-38 at half-time and Williams led the scoring for Scorchers with 11 points at the interval.

Creon Raftopoulos’s side started the third quarter well and Scorchers took the lead through an Alex Owumi three-pointer with just over three minutes of the quarter gone.

With Scorchers leading for the first time all game, a more positive performance came and they went into the final quarter level at 61-61.

Williams took the game by the scruff of the neck in the final quarter, scoring eight points to help Scorchers take the lead.

In a nervy final 20 seconds, Tony Hicks made four of four possible free-throws, giving Scorchers the victory.

The victory gives Scorchers three wins from their last four games, as they head into a BBL Trophy match vs Newcastle Eagles on Friday (8 December).

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