Scorchers suffer agonising loss against high flying Riders. 24th March 2019
Surrey Scorchers suffered an agonising 84-80 defeat against high flying Leicester Riders in a thriller at Surrey Sports Park on Sunday.
After six minutes of the opening quarter it was Riders who were on the front foot early by opening up a nine-point lead. By the end of the period the visitors had extended their advantage to 15 points to lead 28-13.
In the second period Scorchers tried to get themselves back in to the game, with the hosts reducing the gap to nine points with a shade over three minutes left, only for Leicester to respond by taking a 47-33 lead at half time.
Scorchers started the third quarter strongly by scoring five unanswered points before Riders got their first points of the quarter on the board. With six minutes of the quarter left a terrific fightback from Scorchers had reduced the gap to just two points at 50-52. Quincy Taylor then made the scores level as both sides shared points, with Scorchers nudging ahead for the first time in the game by a point to lead 58-57, only for Riders to respond with six un answered points. By the time the buzzer had sounded, Leicester had extended their lead to five points at 65-60.
Riders were first on the board in the fourth quarter, before Scorchers hit back by reducing the deficit to a single point with 6.10 left on the clock. Taylor, with 2 for 2 from the line gave Scorchers the lead once again 70-69 with 5.45 to go. Both sides traded points, and with just over 2.15 remaining the game was tied at 78-78. With 1.28 to go it was 80-80 before Brandon Clarke put the visitors back ahead by two with 1.12 left. Riders made the game safe with two seconds remaining when Andrew Thomson was successful with two free throws to clinch the win for Leicester