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Surrey Scorchers endured heartbreaking defeat after 60 minutes of tense, enthralling basketball as Worcester Wolves snatched victory in quadruple overtime.

Surrey Scorchers endured heartbreaking defeat after 60 minutes of tense, enthralling basketball as Worcester Wolves snatched victory in quadruple overtime.

On a record-breaking evening, both sides seemed to make decisive strides towards a vital win as the BBL’s bottom two sides fought out a classic, but each time they were pegged back and it was only with the final play of the game that the result was finally decided.

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This was a game which ebbed and flowed with nervous energy right from the start, but nobody could have predicted the epic which would unfold in such unpredictable and sprawling fashion.

Scorchers struck first with an early five-point lead but suddenly Wolves were level at seven, and thus it continued in seemingly endless fashion. Caylin Raftopolous landed a big three-pointer as Q1 ended with a single point lead for the Wolves and, even though the hosts tried to extend their lead through Q2, the Scorchers held on in dogged style for much of the period.

Navajas’ three-pointer put Wolves eight points up with three minutes left in the half, but Ogedengbe’s throwdown had Scorchers back on track and Quincy Taylor’s free-throws ensured the half ended with the teams sharing a century of points.

Both sides exchanged narrow leads at the start of Q3 but it was Scorchers who largely held sway and went into the final period of regulation with a two-point lead. That soon became five points early in Q4 but fortune swung again in Wolves’ favour to lead 83-78 with less than five minutes remaining.

Joe Mvuezolo tied the game at 87 with a brilliant off-balance three-pointer from the corner but the drama was only just beginning. Crawford’s dunk put Wolves back in front only for the referee to penalise them for goaltending as Will Atwood raced up the other end to tie the game with just 1.6 seconds remaining.

Then, with three-pointers raining down at both ends, it was the Scorchers’ turn to play catch-up; but still it took the buzzer to chalk-off a final-second Wolves’ winner.

Atwood had a chance to give Scorchers’ vital breathing space with 1:29 left in the second period of overtime, but missed both free-throws to leave Wolves trailing by just three. Yet, when Taylor extended the lead back to four, at 120-124, it seemed as though Scorchers may have sealed the win.

Not a bit of it. Crawford intercepted Taylor’s cross-court pass to send us into a third period of overtime and Wolves seemed set to take full advantage, as they twice raced into nine-point leads. Raftopolous, in for Chaed Wellian who had departed with five fouls, inspired the fightback, but still Scorchers trailed by five with 15.6 seconds left.

Mvuezolo landed a huge three and Wolves immediately conceded possession to allow Ogedengbe the game-tying throwdown, and as Wolves bounced a turnaround shot off the rim with the final play of OT3, the game continued into a fourth period of overtime.

That provided Scorchers with their chance to forge ahead, with a six-point lead which sent the game surging towards the 300-point barrier. Eventually, Wolves edged in front one final time, but still Morakinyo Williams had chance to level the score from the free-throw line in the game’s final play.

It wasn’t to be, though, and a place in the record books as part of the highest-scoring game in BBL history will be scant solace for the Scorchers as the Wolves drew level with them at the bottom of the table.

Surrey Scorchers defeats just keep coming as they lose to Worcester Wolves 84-79 in the BBL Championship.

Surrey Scorchers defeats just keep coming as they lose to Worcester Wolves 84-79 in the BBL Championship.

The struggle continues as Friday night’s game was emblazoned with missed shots and turnovers for Creon Raftopoulos’ side.

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The starting five signalled a different approach from Coach Raftopoulos this week, with Joe Mvuezolo starting for the first time.

However, Raftopoulos was forced to take an early time out as he watched the lead quickly disappear when the team fell 4 – 15 down within the first five minutes of the game.

But it wasn’t enough as Scorchers struggled to find the basket with miss after miss, including free throws, inevitably ending the first quarter 22 -12 and wishing to start again.

The second quarter saw a spark of hope for the Scorchers as they quickly managed to drag themselves back within a two-point game with the help of Caylin Raftopoulos coming off the bench to make a quick three-point.

But Wolves responded with an onslaught of dunks from Robert Crawford and Deshawn Freeman as they tore what little defence Scorchers had to pieces.

Scorchers ended the first half 51 – 31, with the real sting coming from Crawford who made a huge throw down at pace on the buzzer to finish the quarter.

Scorchers emerged from the locker room with much more intent in the second half, seemingly shifting up a gear, putting on a better defensive performance and finally scoring more consistently in the paint.

But it was the final ten that saw all the drama, as Scorchers looked as though they had a chance to make amends for the first 30 minutes.

The momentum shifted when Quincy Taylor made the three-point from the corner, and one with a foul from Freeman that saw him ejected from the game.

The conversion was good, and a flurry of Wolves players suddenly found themselves heading to the bench with Darell Combs and Alex Najavas also with five fouls each.

Scorchers were within seven points, but with only 30 seconds left of the clock, the Scorchers momentum just ran out of time.

The game ended 84 – 79 as Scorchers headed back to Surrey with heads in their hands at the missed opportunity.

Scorchers will next face the DBL Sheffield Sharks at Surrey Sports Park on Sunday (17th February) as they hope to make amends for Friday night’s mistakes. Buy your tickets here to support the team.

Surrey Scorchers were on the wrong end of a thriller against Worcester Wolves as they lost 81-79 in the BBL Championship.
Scorchers had a chance to tie the game with eight seconds on the clock but a turnover from Tony Hicks allowed the Worcester Wolves to see out the game in the dying moments.

Surrey Scorchers were on the wrong end of a thriller against Worcester Wolves as they lost 81-79 in the BBL Championship.
Scorchers had a chance to tie the game with eight seconds on the clock but a turnover from Tony Hicks allowed the Worcester Wolves to see out the game in the dying moments.

Hicks lead the way for the Scorchers with 17 points, with Jordan Williams following with 13.

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Scorchers faced a barrage from the Cup finalists in the opening quarter, falling behind 29-18 after ten minutes.

But Scorchers showed resilience in the second period, holding Worcester to just 10 points while Hicks ended the half with 12 points and was yet to miss a shot.

Scorchers visited the free-throw line frequently in the first half, converting 10 of 15 from the line keeping them within touching distance of the Wolves.

Scorchers continued their push in the second half and took the lead thanks to some exciting offence from Jordan Williams and Caylin Raftopoulos against his former side.

The fourth quarter was a tense encounter with both teams trading baskets and with the game tied at 79-79, George Beamon scored for the Wolves, leaving the Scorchers with eight seconds to send the game to overtime.

The chance went astray and the Scorchers fell to their fourth successive defeat, with London Lions up next for Scorchers at Surrey Sports Park.

Tickets for Scorchers next home game are on sale now!

Scorchers are set to host the London Lions for our annual New Year’s Day derby at Surrey Sports Park, with a bumper crowd expected for the clash.

Click here to buy via our online box office now or call 01483 689111. Remember that tickets are cheaper when purchasing in advance rather than on the door and you can beat the queues!

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