29 Sep 2017: Sharks 78-81 Scorchers

Surrey hold their nerve to get over the line for a perfect start.

BBL Championship

DBL Sharks Sheffield 78-81 Surrey Scorchers (19-17, 42-42, 55-63)

Surrey Scorchers started the season in style as they edged out DBL Sharks Sheffield for an impressive win away from home.

Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos was unavailable for family reasons, but his team pulled out the win going into another road game on Sunday when they face London Lions.

Leading Scorers – Alexander 22, Gachette 14, Marsden 11 (Sharks) – Hicks 17, Owumi 16, Robinson 13 (Scorchers)

Turning Point – The game was level at 42-42 heading into the locker rooms before Surrey made their move in the third as they opened up a double-digit advantage and were able to hold on down the stretch.

Key Stat – Surrey did a good job keeping the often dominant Mike Tuck and Rob Marsden relatively quiet as the duo were held to a combined 20 points on 9-of-23 shooting.

Game Hero(es) – Tony Hicks top scored with 17 points in the win for the Scorchers, but captain Tayo Ogedengbe landed a dagger 3-pointer in the final minute having started 1-of-8 from the field.