Scorchers miss out narrowly to the reigning Champions. 9th December 2018
9th December 2018
Surrey Scorchers suffered a narrow 84-79 loss to the visiting Leicester Riders at Surrey Sports Park on Saturday.
Despite another short roster from the Scorchers, the hosts never gave up and ran the reigning BBL Champions close, in front of a packed Surrey Sports Park.
The visiting Riders came into Saturday’s battle on the back of a narrow one point loss to Sheffield Sharks on Friday.
Despite a valiant effort from the hosts, it wasn’t to be as the visitors claimed victory in the closing minutes as Deandre Burnett scored two from the foul line to wrap up victory.
The opening quarter saw Scorchers come out of the traps the quickest and went into the buzzer with a slim one point advantage. The reigning champions clawed their way back into the game in the second quarter thanks to a trio of three-point shots from Burnett to take a six point lead 42-36, going into the half time break.
Following a brief spell in the lead, Scorchers ended the third quarter trailing Riders by three points 59-56.
Scorchers traded blows with Riders in the final quarter, after Riders had opened the quarter with an 18-9 start. The Surrey side hit back, and with two minutes remaining of the game were five points behind, but despite a brave effort from the hosts it was Riders who held their nerve to record the win and maintain their one hundred per cent record on the road this season in the BBL Championship.
Riders won the game by scoring nearly half of their points from beyond the arc, with 13 three pointers. Deandre Burnett led the scoring with 23 points including five out of nine three- pointers. For the hosts it was Quincy Taylor who led the way with 24 points alongside 21 from Captain Tayo Ogedengbe and 17 from Josh Steel.