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November 14, 2020 by Tom Bonnett

Worcester Wolves 86 Surrey Scorchers 85

Scorchers suffered a devastating loss in their opening game of the 2020-2021 BBL Cup.

 

A free throw from Wolves Guard Maarten Bouwknecht with two seconds left in the game clinched a one-point victory for the home side.

 

Captain Tayo Ogedengbe and Skyler White led the Scorchers with 17 points each.

 

It was the Worcester Wolves who started fast from the opening tip, with British Guard Josh Mcswiggan firing from three-point range to give Matt Newby’s side an early double-digit lead.

 

But Scorchers began their fightback in the second quarter with an impressive defensive display from Skyler White and Emondre Rickman.

 

A late run at the end of the second quarter narrowed the gap to 45-39 at the interval.

 

Skyler White continued from where he left off last season with some lights out shooting in the third quarter to continue the Scorchers’ push.

 

Former Surrey man Jordan Williams took over for Worcester in the second half with an array of offensive plays.

 

Worcester took a slim five-point lead into the fourth quarter, and it was new signing Emondre Rickman who took over for Surrey with great plays on both ends of the floor.

 

Tayo Ogedengbe scored a late and-one play to tie the game up at 85-85 with 14 seconds to play in the game – but a reach-in foul call against rookie Evan Walshe sent Bouwknecht to the free-throw line.

 

He scored one of his free throws, and left Scorchers no time to get a shot off, winning the game at the death.

 

The final score at the University of Worcester Arena – Worcester Wolves 86-85 Surrey Scorchers.

 

Creon Raftopoulos’ side will be back in action at SSP next Friday as they host the Plymouth Raiders in the BBL Cup.

 

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