Scorchers suffer late heartbreak against Riders. 9th February 2020
Surrey Scorchers suffered a heart-breaking loss against the visiting Leicester Riders 99-96 on Saturday at Surrey Sports Park.
In front of a sold-out venue, it was the visitors who were on the front foot in the opening quarter, holding an early four-point lead. Despite a spirited fightback from the hosts, Riders kept their noses in front before Matthew Bryan-Amaning drew Surrey with five minutes to go. Both teams traded points, with Riders edging ahead at the buzzer 29-26.
By the half time break, Scorchers had turned the game around to lead by two points at the break 50-48 thanks to some big scoring from Tayo Ogedengbe.
An outstanding third period from the hosts saw Scorchers lead by nine points at one stage after some excellent three-point shots as the hosts led Leicester 75-72 heading into the final quarter.
Riders steadily started to claw back the deficit and eventually tied the game with just under eight minutes to go. With four and a half minutes remaining Riders had built up a six-point lead.
By the time 3.05 was showing on the clock, Scorchers had drawn level. Heading into a pulsating final sixty seconds Leicester retook the lead, only for Skyler White’s two-point shot giving Surrey the lead once again with only 26 seconds remaining.
With time running out, Scorchers fans hearts were broken when Riders Namon Wright sunk a two-point shot to give Leicester a one-point advantage with eight seconds left. Two free throws from Jordan Spencer was enough to secure a victory for Leicester, after Scorchers had pushed the east midland side all the way.
Lovell Cook led the way for Scorchers with 27 points, with Ogedengbe hitting 20 and Bryan-Amaning 17 points with nine rebounds.
For Riders, it was an outstanding performance from Corey Johnson who picked up 32 points on the night.
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