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Surrey Scorchers lost an overtime thriller in Sheffield, losing 99-94 to the DBL Sharks.

Surrey Scorchers lost an overtime thriller in Sheffield, losing 99-94 to the DBL Sharks.

Despite being down by double-digits after the first quarter, the Scorchers fought back and a three from Alex Owumi sent the game to overtime.

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Sheffield won overtime convincingly to hand Scorchers their first loss of 2018.

Tony Hicks lead the scoring for the Scorchers with 28 points, followed by Tayo Ogedengbe with 21.

DBL Sheffield Sharks pulled away to a 28-15 lead after the first quarter.

Creon Raftopoulos’ side pulled back to within seven points at the half thanks to an impressive offensive display from Tony Hicks.

Scorchers took control and took the lead in the third quarter as Hicks and Ogedengbe continued the offensive charge for the away side.

This set up an intense fourth quarter with both sides exchanging the lead. Sheffield led with three points in the dying moments, before Alex Owumi drained a three to send the game to overtime.

Both sides had to dig deep in the extra five minutes, with some big plays from Josh Steel and Hicks to keep Scorchers in it.

But it was the Sharks who found the extra gear to win the period 15-10, winning the game 99-94.

Next up for Scorchers is a meeting with the Plymouth Raiders at Surrey Sports Park.

Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos welcomed Brit Jordan Williams back into the roster after his re-signing earlier this week, but his season debut passed by without a key moment as Sharks inflicted a clinical defeat on Surrey.

Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos welcomed Brit Jordan Williams back into the roster after his re-signing earlier this week, but his season debut passed by without a key moment as Sharks inflicted a clinical defeat on Surrey.

The hosts led from the opening exchanges, building a 9-0 lead early on. Sharks pushed their lead to 15pts towards the end of the period, with more than double the points of their opponents on the board (25-10).

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Scorchers showed quality to peg Sheffield back to a 9 point game mid-way into Q2, but with Christopher Alexander looking hot at the basket for Sharks they couldn’t stop the home side from extending their lead to 19pts at the halfway mark (51-32).

There were moments of brilliance from Scorchers, including a Daryll Palmer defensive rebound to feed Alex Owumi for a 3-pointer from range in Q3, but Sheffield were deserved of their spot in the next round of the competition.

Q4 saw Sheffield build as much as a 31pt lead in the latter stages, as they saw the tie off and handed Scorchers a killer defeat on the road.

Scorchers are back at home on Sunday afternoon when they host the Bristol Flyers in a 2pm tip-off in the BBL Championship. Click here for ticket news and to buy online now.

 

Surrey Scorchers made the perfect start to their 2017/18 BBL season on Friday evening with a 78-81 win over the DBL Sheffield Sharks on the road.

Surrey Scorchers made the perfect start to their 2017/18 BBL season on Friday evening with a 78-81 win over the DBL Sheffield Sharks on the road.

Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos was unavailable for family reasons, but his team pulled out the win going into another road game on Sunday when they face London Lions.

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Leading Scorers – Alexander 22, Gachette 14, Marsden 11 (Sharks) – Hicks 17, Owumi 16, Robinson 13 (Scorchers)

Turning Point – The game was level at 42-42 heading into the locker rooms before Surrey made their move in the third as they opened up a double-digit advantage and were able to hold on down the stretch.

Key Stat – Surrey did a good job keeping the often dominant Mike Tuck and Rob Marsden relatively quiet as the duo were held to a combined 20 points on 9-of-23 shooting.

Game Hero(es) – Tony Hicks top scored with 17 points in the win for the Scorchers, but captain Tayo Ogedengbe landed a dagger 3-pointer in the final minute having started 1-of-8 from the field.

Scorchers return to action on Sunday afternoon when they take on the London Lions in a 4pm tip-off at the Copper Box Arena.

Report from bbl.org.uk.

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