Surrey Scorchers bounced back from a disappointing defeat against Sheffield Sharks on Friday, by defeating Worcester Wolves at Surrey Sports Park on Sunday afternoon.
The excellent Brit Evan Walshe scored two late baskets to wrap up victory, to keep alive Scorchers chances of reaching the play-offs.
The first points of the game went the way of the visitors, before Lacey James landing the first three-point bucket of the game for the hosts. Scorchers slowly crept ahead in the early exchanges with a six-point lead with James scoring seven points in a total of 15-9.
The home side held the lead until late on in the opening quarter, after completing a 9-0 run. However, Scorchers hit back to shade the period 23-22.
The second quarter ebbed and flowed with Scorchers holding a six-point advantage late in the period. With two seconds to go Tony Hicks nailed a three-point throw to give the hosts a lead at the break 44-37.
Scorchers suffered a blow when the influential Connor Cashaw failed to come out for the final two quarters after suffering a leg injury.
The visitors were out of the traps quickly after a run of 12-2 in the opening three minutes which gave them the momentum, before Scorchers kept on their tails as the visitors lead by just two points heading into the final quarter.
British rookies Walshe and Cameron Hildreth stepped up to the plate and starred in the final period with both sides going toe to toe. With five minutes to go Scorchers led by three before Wolves nudged into the lead by a single point.
Heading into the final two minutes, Scorchers held a slender two-point advantage before three points from the free throw line from Hildreth and crucial points from Walsh secured victory for the Surrey outfit.
Hicks ended the afternoon with 18 points and 16 from Walshe.
Surrey Scorchers 85 Worcester Wolves 75
BBL Championship Sunday 11th April 2021
By Peter Moore