Scorchers loose by narrow margin after third quarter fightback.23rd Sep.2018
22nd September 2018
Surrey Scorchers suffered their first home defeat of 2018 in their opening BBL Championship game against Glasgow Rocks 94-92 at Surrey Sports Park on Saturday.
Down by over 20 points at the half time break Scorchers hit back with a dramatic third quarter to narrow the gap, and eventually take the lead in the fourth quarter, but just couldn’t hold on.
The visitors opened up a ten point advantage at the end of the opening quarter. Back to back three point shots from new signing Demario Beck and Josh Steel at the start of the second quarter brought Scorchers back into the contest, only for Rocks to respond and end the quarter with a 21 point advantage.
Scorchers looked a much different side in the third quarter. The hosts had 12 unanswered points, to bring them to within two points, with Scorchers ending the third quarter trailing 74-72.
With around nine minutes left in the fourth quarter Scorchers took the lead through Tayo Ogedengbe. With time running out and only ten seconds remaining Ali Fraser gave Glasgow a slender lead and a vital defensive rebound from Rocks Kenny Carpenter with seconds on the clock helped them over the line for victory.
Quincy Taylor top scored for Scorchers with 20 points on his return to the side, followed by Tayo Ogedengbe with 20 and Josh Steele. The pick of the visitors side was Ali Fraser who led the way with 19 points.
Meanwhile, Scorchers have announced the signing of Alex Koukouravas for the forthcoming BBL Season. The 19-year-old point guard has represented Wales at International level and was part of the Bristol Flyers Academy between 2014-16.