Late surge from Scorchers ensures first victory of the season
On the day that Surrey Scorchers announced that Rashad Hassan had left the club to take up an offer with a an overseas club, the side welcomed back NBA draft pick and GB International Ryan Richards who has signed on a season long deal for his third spell with the club, Scorchers picked up their first win of the new season with a narrow 76-72 victory over Worcester Wolves at Surrey Sports Park on Saturday.
Scorchers trailed for almost all of the first three quarters, before a final quarter surge got them over the line.
The hosts trailed the visiting Wolves by just two in the opening quarter, before finding themselves six down at half-time.
Worcester- who at one time held a seven-point lead- eventually went into the final period with a five-point cushion.
Scorchers were out of the blocks quickly in the final quarter, and with a shade over eight minutes to go had led for the first time in the game- by a single point.
Wolves responded to retake the lead with just over seven minutes remaining, only for Scorchers to hit back thanks to a 3-point Evan Walshe jump shot to nudge the home side back in front, with a shade over five minutes to go.
An inspiring run of 10-0 to Scorchers enabled them to grab victory and secure second place in the BBL Cup Group 1.
Captain Tayo Ogedengbe picked up 18 points on the night with Connor Cashaw also getting 18 points with seven rebounds and five assists.
Wolves were indebted to a class showing from Matthew Bryan-Amaning who led the visitors attack with 26 points and 11 rebounds.