Surrey Scorchers 101-95 London Lions (22-29, 52-49, 75-76)
(Scorchers – Cook 26, Bryan-Amaning 19, Ogedengbe 15; Lions – Soko 25, Tuach 15, Dang Akodo 14)
Surrey Scorchers ended their recent slump of losses in the most emphatic way possible; toppling league leaders London Lions in a Saturday night thriller.
Things looked promising for the Lions at the beginning, as they exploded on a 20-4 run during the opening five minutes of the first quarter, and even lead by as many as 17-points at one point.
However the Scorchers began to slowly but surely commence a comeback and by the time the two teams headed into the locker room at half-time, the home side had just managed to edge the Lions, 52-49.
The two sides would continue to exchange leads throughout the third and fourth periods, and it wasn’t until the last minute of the final period when things really began to heat up.
With the Lions in front by three, Lovell Cook, a former Lions player, suddenly leaped to Surrey’s aid, knocking down a game tying three-pointer from the corner, and then doing it again from inside the arch after Ovie Soko put Lions back ahead.
Having tied the game for a second time, Cook them managed to knock down a free-throw and a two point jump shot to put Scorchers ahead by three and forcing the Lions into a timeout with 20 seconds left on the clock.
The rabid home fans clenched their teeth as Brandon Peel threw up a long three point shot but breathed a sigh of relief when it failed to drop, and the Scorchers countered with team captain Tayo Ogedengbe throwing down a two point dunk before Skyler White finished things off with a free throw to give Scorchers their biggest win of the season.