13 Jan 2019: Phoenix 89-84 Raiders

Phoenix bounce back to put a dent in Raiders’ momentum

BBL Championship

Cheshire Phoenix 89-84 Plymouth Raiders (15-25, 46-39, 63-63)

Cheshire Phoenix picked up an important win as they defeated Plymouth Raiders to bounce back from an overtime loss on Friday.

Ben Thomas’ side claim the head-to-head and close the gap on the top eight as they improve to 7-9, while Plymouth are now at 8-8.

Leading scorers – Jalen Hayes 19, Daniel Norl 14, Dii’jon Allen-Jordan 12 (Phoenix) – Rashad Hassan 23, Donte Nicholas 17, Josh Wilcher 16 (Raiders)

Turning point – Down by 10 after the opening 10 minutes, the home side hit back with an emphatic second quarter to move ahead. However, they were level ahead of the fourth, but back-to-back threes late on from Momcilo Latinovic and Hayes proved decisive.

Key stat – Cheshire profited with 26 points off of turnovers in the win and shot at 53% from the field as a team.

Game hero(es) – Five players reached double figures for the Nix, led by Hayes with 19 points as they managed to cancel out Hassan’s double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds.

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