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Manchester Giants 91 – 84 Surrey Scorchers

Surrey Scorchers suffered their eighth loss of the British Basketball Championship season at the hands of Manchester Giants.

Surrey Scorchers suffered their eighth loss of the British Basketball Championship season at the hands of Manchester Giants.

Despite a late resurgence, Creon Raftopoulos’ side were unable to turn the tide at the Trafford Sportsdome.

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A slow start to the game from both sides made grim viewing for any neutral. However, it would be Giants who woke first, taking a 20-12 lead into the second quarter.

Back to back three pointers from Caylin Raftopoulos and Josh Steel put Scorchers within touching distance mid-way through Q2.

Giants managed to rally together for the remaining minutes of the first half, eventually taking a 7-point lead into the break.

Raftopoulos continued to hit his trademark long range shots in the penultimate quarter, putting Manchester on the back foot as they struggled to contain the guard.

Yet again, Giants were able to hold off the Scorchers onslaught, holding a 14-point lead as the sides headed into the final quarter.

Quincy Taylor and Raftopoulos continued to cause havoc, netting 18 and 20 points respectively on the night.

The side fought hard to get themselves back in the game, closing the gap to just four points in the closing stages.

However, determined to hold on to their lead, Giants managed to close the game out, eventually emerging 91-84 winners on the night.

Creon Raftopoulos’ side will now look ahead to their next fame against Leicester Riders on 8th December at Surrey Sports Park.

Surrey Scorchers secured their first win of the season against Manchester Giants in the BBL Championship.

Surrey Scorchers secured their first win of the season against Manchester Giants in the BBL Championship.

Creon Raftopoulos’ side ran out 93-109 winners at the Trafford Sportsdome.

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Following their heavy defeat to Cheshire Phoenix the day before, the team showed true determination on the court to overpower the Giants.

The first quarter proved a close affair, Demario Beck working hard in offence and defence to help Surrey close the opening contest 18-22 to the good.

Both sides scored freely in the second quarter, Caylin Raftopoulos nailing a buzzer beating 3-point shot to give Scorchers a 4-point lead at the break.

It was the penultimate quarter where Scorchers really began to find their rhythm.

A series of 3-point shots were knocked down by Willie Atwood, Quincy Taylor and captain Tayo Ogendegbe to stretch the lead to 9-points.

Amassing a total of 25 points, Scorchers headed into the final quarter 66-75 ahead of the home side.

The Surrey side put on a 3-point master class in the final quarter, consistently hitting the net from beyond the arc to extend their lead.

Josh Steel showed his prowess on the boards with a total of 10 defensive rebounds to help keep the Giants quiet as the game closed out.

The team’s hard work and clinical attacking play left the final score at 93-109, giving the side their first victory of the 2018/19 season.

Scorchers will now look ahead to their next test at the British Basketball All-Star Championship on Sunday 14th October.

Surrey Scorchers secured a dramatic 96-94 win against the Manchester Giants in the BBL Championship.

Surrey Scorchers secured a dramatic 96-94 win against the Manchester Giants in the BBL Championship.

Scorchers led for much of the game before a late comeback from Giants saw a nervy finish.

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Tony Hicks top-scored for Scorchers with 33 points while Jordan Whelan top-scored for Giants with 29 points.

It was Hicks who held his nerve late on confirming Scorchers 10th win of 2018.

Scorchers, who were without Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos due to personal reasons, were lead by Steve Crane for the evening.

Leading 74-61 heading into the final quarter, Danny Byrne’s side fought back but it wasn’t quite enough and Scorchers saw the game out.

The win moves Scorchers to a 16-12 record for the current season.

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