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Surrey Scorchers 90 Bristol Flyers 76

Scorchers ended the season in style with a superb and throughly deserved win against Bristol Flyers.

Scorchers ended the season in style with a superb and throughly deserved win against Bristol Flyers.

A solid defensive platform allowed Scorchers to start strongly but it took two big three-pointers from Caylin Raftopolous to sneak the hosts back in front towards the end of the quarter.

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Flyers drew level again at the end of a ten minutes which ebbed and flowed, and they forged ahead through the second quarter despite Scorchers fighting hard to stay in the game.

Flyers led by 11 halfway through Q3 but that only made Scorchers’ comeback even more impressive. Ogedengbe drew his side level with a three and in a tumultuous end to the quarter Scorchers edged in front only to then be pegged back in the final seconds.

Level at 63 going into the final ten minutes of the season, Elechi earned a persona double-double and Scorchers were soon up by five. Inspired by Fans Player of the Year Quincy Taylor, with another 20-point game, Scorchers had turned that 11-point deficit into a 10-point lead of their own within ten minutes.

Chaed Wellian’s three stretched that to 13 but two soft turnovers allowed Flyers a glimmer of hope. That, though, was all it turned out to be, and Willie Atwood’s jump-shot from the edge of the circle pushed Scorchers out to 14 points and there was no way back for Flyers.

A resurgent second-half performance from the Rocks snatched victory after the Scorchers had earned a half-time lead with an impressive display of their own.

A resurgent second-half performance from the Rocks snatched victory after the Scorchers had earned a half-time lead with an impressive display of their own.

On the afternoon when Team GB veteran Kieron Achara made his final appearance at the Sports Park arena, he scored the first points of the game but then saw Scorchers race into a 10-4 lead thanks to Quincy Taylor’s ‘and-one’ driving lay-up.

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Two big three-points for the Rocks tied it up in the blink of an eye but Taylor had 12 points in the early stages as Scorchers re-took a 16-13 lead. Yet Rinkunas landed one from the elbow and with the final score of the quarter the visitors stole back a narrow lead.

Two more three-pointers helped push the Rocks out in front early in Q2, but Henry Wilkins responded in kind to tie it up at 31 with four minutes 30 remaining in the half and when Tayo went big from the corner Scorchers led by five at the break.

Q3, though, proved decisive, as Rocks turned a seven-point deficit into a two-point lead with a nine-point run. Scorchers pulled back to within two but almost immediately Rocks had a double-digit lead.

Willie Atwood – so impressive against the Eagles on Friday – made another strong impact in dragging Scorchers back into the game, but Rocks still held a commanding 11-point advantage after winning Q3 32-16.

It was then Caylin Raftopolous’ turn to explode into the game, making a well-disguised pass to set-up Chaed Wellian for a simple score and then landing a trademark three from out wide. The deficit was down to single figures into the final 3 minutes, but Rocks were in no mood to allow Scorchers back into this one.

London Lions moved to within two wins of the BBL league title with a convincing victory at the Sports Park arena.

London Lions moved to within two wins of the BBL league title with a convincing victory at the Sports Park arena.

Scorchers briefly led in the opening two minutes, as both sides struggled to find their range in an untidy start, but steadily Lions were resurgent and soon had their hosts at something of an arm’s length.

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Tayo Ogedengbe landed a big three with time running out in Q1 but still Lions led 21-11 as Scorchers continued to lack accuracy in their finishing.

Will Atwood led by example midway through Q2, landing two scores from just inside the circle, but Lions retained a healthy advantage. When Jordan Spencer notched his second triple of the day with 2:40 left in Q2, they were ahead by 22 and, even though Scorchers reduced that to 19 by half-time, it remained a particularly steep mountain for them to climb.

To Scorchers’ credit, they largely kept pace with Lions in Q3, buoyed by strong scores from Atwood, Chaed Wellian and Quincy Taylor. They also began Q4 with plenty of fight, and Atwood nailed another three from in the corner but Scorchers will look to overall shooting accuracy as key: 21 other three-point attempts fell short and they landed just 32% of field goal attempts.

With the game won, Lions pulled away in the closing stages, to lead by 28 with 90 seconds remaining and even though the final deficit was reduced this was nonetheless a strong display from the champions elect.

BBL leaders London Lions returned to winning ways at the Sports Park arena but Surrey Scorchers again pushed them hard with another positive performance.

BBL leaders London Lions returned to winning ways at the Sports Park arena but Surrey Scorchers again pushed them hard with another positive performance.

As with last weekend’s defeat to Leicester Riders, the Scorchers matched a title-challenging side for long periods but found the Q1 deficit too much to make up.

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Lions raced into an early lead and were 16-7 up within five minutes but two big three-pointers from Tayo Ogedengbe kept the Scorchers within touching distance. Still, though, the Lions were ten points up after Q1 and that soon became 12.

Yet birthday boy Quincy Taylor brought it back to five from the free throw line and, aided by some superb defending, Joe Mvuezolo made it a 2-point game with less than two minutes remaining in the half. A foul on Taylor invited Scorchers to level the game at 45-apiece but in the blink of an eye, Lions again opened up a seven-point lead.

Lions quickly out themselves in foul trouble at the start of Q3, allowing Taylor to take his personal tally to 21 points and the Scorchers to back within 3. Once more, though, Lions responded in impressive fashion. Taylor went coast-to-coast with the final play of Q3 but still Lions led by 11 with ten minutes remaining.

Caylin Raftopolous landed two big three-pointers early in Q4 and Scorchers were suddenly back within five, but each time the hosts threatened to restore parity, Lions again reinforced their advantage. Scorchers kept plugging away until the closing seconds but, after two consecutive defeats, Lions were in no mood to relinquish this one.

Points: Taylor 25, Ogedengbe 13, Williams 10

Rebounds: Atwood 8, Ogedengbe 5, Wellian 4

Assists: Tayo 7, Raftopolous 4, Ogedengbe 3

Surrey Scorchers lost a thriller at the Sports Park arena as Leicester Riders withstood a storming comeback from the hosts.

Surrey Scorchers lost a thriller at the Sports Park arena as Leicester Riders withstood a storming comeback from the hosts.

Second-placed Riders seemed set to run away with victory when they raced into a commanding Q1 lead buoyed by two early three-pointers. Yet despite trailing 15-4 inside seven minutes, and then 28-13 at the end of Q1, the Scorchers belatedly established a foothold in the game.

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Chaed Wellian nailed a big three-pointer of his own at the end of Q1, and when Morakinyo Williams scored consecutive baskets with a tough rebound in between, the Scorchers had a degree of momentum midway through Q2.

The hosts won Q2 by one point but trailed 33-47 at half-time. Thereafter, though, momentum swung with a vengeance.

Joe Mvuezolo began Q3 with a 3-point play from the line and, with Tayo Ogedengbe and Quincy Taylor taking control, the Scorchers were suddenly level at 52-points apiece. Williams put Scorchers ahead for the first time, and the hosts also won Q3 27-18, but Riders showed their resilience to re-establish their lead with ten minutes remaining.

The Scorchers were level again midway through the final quarter, and the two sides traded baskets to find themselves at 80-80 with 60 seconds left.

Yet, with Riders sneaking back in front, Taylor – looking to increase his personal tally to 22 points – appeared to drive in underneath the basket for a game-tieing score only for his shot to agonisingly bounce off the rim and away.

Scorchers committed a foul in trying to preserve the clock but could not find their way back to parity and the Riders secured a 17thwin of the season.

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

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.

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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.

Surrey Scorchers suffered yet another defeat 73 – 94 in a clash with London City Royals at Surrey Sports Park.

Surrey Scorchers suffered yet another defeat 73 – 94 in a clash with London City Royals at Surrey Sports Park.

The Scorchers looked to take the head-to-head over London City Royals this weekend after their only win in 2019 on New Year’s Day against the visiting side.

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But it was not to be for the Scorchers as they struggled to get off the mark, despite a much-improved defensive performance, the team’s 34% scoring stat left plenty to be desired.

Scorchers struggled to get underway in the first quarter, as they fell 2 – 10 down just three minutes from the tip.

Coach Creon Raftopoulos was forced to call an early timeout, which came to little effect as the game continued in a similar fashion.

Scorchers still struggled to find the basket, despite Anthony Elechi cleaning up several early mistakes, ending the first quarter 15 – 26.

Back on the court in Q2, it was Quincy Taylor who came out firing, finding the Scorchers first three of the game and hoping to make up the distance.

The team suddenly found themselves back within eight points, and there was a short spell of hope in the Surrey Sports Park arena.

Scorchers returned to the locker room with a 35-46 score line and all the work to do.

The second half saw the Royals come out with no intention of stopping, scoring eight points in less than two minutes whilst holding Scorchers to zero.

But it was the Ex-Scorcher, Will Neighbour who hammered the score home for the London City Royals, ending the game with 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

The scoreline didn’t get any prettier for the home side as they found themselves trailing by 31 after Royals went on a 0-11 run in Q3.

The final quarter was an all Royals affair as Scorchers continue to make error after error, ending the game 73-94 and their 15th loss on record.

This leaves the Scorchers firmly placed 11thin the Championship. They next face the only team below them in the table, Worcester Wolves, on the road next Friday (15th February).

Scorchers will then return home to the Sports Park for a clash with the DBS Sheffield Sharks on Sunday 17th February (TO 2pm). Tickets are available to purchase here.

It was a day to forget for Surrey Scorchers as they were beaten 98-112 at home to Plymouth Raiders.

It was a day to forget for Surrey Scorchers as they were beaten 98-112 at home to Plymouth Raiders.

It was Plymouth’s Rashad Hassan and Josh Wilcher who sealed the damage, as Scorchers suffered their fourth consecutive league defeat of the season.

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The first five minutes was a more level affair than what was to be the rest of the game, as Scorchers managed to hold off the Raiders’ charge.

But it wasn’t to last long, as Wilcher put on a confident display to draw out an early 13 point advantage to end the first quarter 27-40.

Plymouth went on to extend their lead despite Caylin Raftopoulos shooting 3/3 outside the circle to try and remain within touching distance. Silence descended over Surrey Sports Park as the home team trailed by 17 points at the half-time break.

The second half was a similar story, with not much to report on but the valiant effort from Quincy Taylor who finished the game on an impressive 26 points.

But even Taylor couldn’t keep Scorchers in touch, as Plymouth were relentless at both ends of the court to earn a convincing win over the Surrey Scorchers, 98-112.

The icing on top of the Raiders cake was provided by Hassan, who put up 34 points, eight rebounds and two assists, ending the game as leading point scorer.

The result keeps Surrey firmly anchored to 11th place in the BBL Championship, still four points above Worcester Wolves.

Raftopolous’ side returns to action on Sunday 10thFebruary at Surrey Sports Park when they face London City Royals (2pm tip-off).

Scorchers lose another closely contested game against Cheshire Phoenix 83-86.

Scorchers lose another closely contested game against Cheshire Phoenix 83-86.

It’s another loss on the board for Surrey Scorchers as Coach Raftopoulos says, “we can’t catch a break.”

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It was a must-win game for the Scorchers side, who sit 11th in the table, as they welcomed the Cheshire Phoenix to Guildford for the second time this season.

Despite an onslaught of 3-points from Caylin Raftopoulos and top scorer of the game, Tayo Ogedengbe on 21, it just wasn’t enough.

It was a game of highs and lows as the arena fell silent watching Scorchers fall 7-14 down within the first 5 minutes.

However, following a trickle of threes from Raftopoulos seconds after walking onto the court, the Scorchers ended Q1 within a 3-point touching distance of 23-26.

The second period saw both teams tussle for the lead, as the game had to take a pause whilst Quincy Taylor searched the floor for his lost contact lens.

With his vision back in focus, Taylor looked up to the sight of Scorchers down by six as they headed to the changing room 43-49.

The second half was a story revolving more around the referees than the players, as Surrey Sports Park erupted with boos following a series of fouls which resulted in Quincy Taylor being ejected from the game.

The game ended in more disappointment for Scorchers as they struggled to contain Phoenix Captain Momcilo Latinovic who ended his 31 minutes on 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.

Scorchers Saturday night resulted in their 14th loss of the season at 83-89 and with plenty of work to do to try and keep their season alive.

Captain Ogedengbe said “We’re always working hard, it’s just not falling in our direction at the moment. We’ll keep working at it, keep doing what we’re doing and we’ll get there.”

Surrey Scorchers will now head into a week-long break until the 1st February when they face the Bristol Flyers at the SGS College Arena.

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Scorchers endured a heart-breaking loss in overtime at the hands of Esh Group Eagles Newcastle in the British Basketball League Championship.

Scorchers endured a heart-breaking loss in overtime at the hands of Esh Group Eagles Newcastle in the British Basketball League Championship.

A dramatic buzzer beating equaliser from Anthony Elechi gave Scorchers the chance to bag the win, but it wasn’t to be.

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Both sides headed into the game having suffered defeats in their latest outings, Eagles falling short to Plymouth Raiders and Scorchers to Manchester Giants.

From the offset it was clear to see this game was going to be neck and neck, both sides doing everything to keep within touching distance of the other.

Morakinyo Williams battled hard through injury to put Scorchers ahead at the close of the first quarter, scoring for the home side and protecting the rim at the other end.

The second quarter followed a similar suit, with Eagles becoming frustrated by the stern opposition they faced on the court.

Elechi’s rebounding prowess proved vital for Surrey, consistently beating Eagles to loose balls to keep attacks alive.

The half-time buzzer sounded, the game all tied up at 47-47.

Creon Raftopoulos’s side came out inspired in the second half, showing the same grit and determination they had showed all game long.

Captain Tayo Ogedengbe and Caylin Raftopoulos rained down a series of 3-point shots to give the Scorchers a slight edge heading into the final quarter.

Now it was the turn of the visitors to show they weren’t willing to give up the fight.

Foul trouble caught up with the Scorchers as Eagles made the most of their trips to the line, eventually pulling in to a 3-point lead with just seconds remaining.

As Raftopoulos’s shot rattled off the rim, all seemed lost.

Then, Elechi, with the final seconds ticking off the clock, arched a perfect shot from beyond the arc to draw the scores level, send the crowd into elation and send the game to overtime.

The atmosphere inside Surrey Sports Park stepped up another gear, everybody on their feet and cheering on the home side.

However, the highs of the final moments would soon dashed by the Eagles as they edged their way in front and held on to eventually take the victory.

An incredible effort from the Scorchers, but they fell short at the final hurdle.

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