MATCH REPORT: Scorchers edge enthralling contest on Sky

Report: Glasgow Rocks 86 Surrey Scorchers 93

By Craig Anderson

An enthralling contest saw plenty to be pleased about for Glasgow Rocks, but a late rally for Surrey Scorchers handed the Scots another loss in an 86-93 thriller.

This battle between the bottom two in the BBL was always going to be an intriguing one, with both sides looking for a win that could spark them to life as they try to pull away from the wrong end of the table.

It’s the second time in the league this season Rocks have picked up 80 points or more, only to end up on the losing side, which will be frustrating for the players after putting a lot into the game.

The Glasgow side took as early lead as Murray finished a three point jump, with Ronald Delph picking up four points to put them 7-4 ahead in the early stages of the contest.

Connor Cashaw helped Scorchers level their back into the game and from there, it was a game of cat and mouse and one that was starting to grab the interest of the watching Sky Sports audience.

Just when it seemed like one side was going ahead, the other would pull things back and with two and a half to go in the first quarter, Gareth Murray finished another three point jump to level at 17-17.

Surrey opened up a five-point lead straight after as Ryan Richards (2) and Tony Hicks (3) each found the basket.

Another couple of triple pointers from the coach soon pulled the Scorchers back and a late driving layup from Isa Brandon saw the home team a point in front at 25-24 after the opening 10 minutes.

A really fascinating contest was starting to come to life and Boban Jacdonmi added to the tally before Cashaw closed the gap again inside the opening minute.

This continued and the watching fans were seeing a much improved performance compared to Sunday’s game against Leicester Riders.

Delph finished an excellent three point jump to put Rocks ahead with three minutes to go and you could see the confidence in the team.

Jonny Bunyan almost followed with a three of his own, but it wasn’t to be as Tayo Ogedengbe finished up the other end to give the visitors a slender lead.

It was a strong end to the opening half as Bunyan finished a jump shot with 42 seconds to go, then Delph made a huge block shortly after to preserve the 47-44 lead at half time.

Glasgow started well when the third quarter began as David Mpondo put away two free throws, followed by a two point jump from Delph and they’d opened up a 51-46 lead.

However Emondre Rickman pulled Surrey closer with three points before Ogedengbe put them ahead by a point.

Another three pointer from Murray and two from Cashaw at the other end saw the game tie at 54-54 and no way of knowing just where the game points were going.

Murray in particular was having a great night for Rocks and very much led by example and although Scorchers went into a six-point lead at one point, Glasgow were not out of it by a long way.

By the end of the third, the contest remained on a knife edge as Keeling, Delph and Brandon put up big points and going into the final ten minutes, Surrey were ahead 74-71.

It set up an exciting quarter and it very much did that and although the Scorchers remained in front, Glasgow weren’t going away easily.

Murray’s sixth three point shot followed by a fifth triple for Keeling showed the kind of night they were having.

There was still a four point gap with five minutes to go, but two lay ups one after the other for Scorchers seemed to take the game away from Glasgow as Evan Walshe then Cashaw each netted, opening a seven point lead.

Rocks called a timeout with three minutes to go, but Martelle McLemore added another to make it 81-90 and effectively kill the Rocks off with a couple of minutes to go as they took the result.

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