Patriots push for playoffs with tense win over Scorchers
Surrey Scorchers 87-89 Plymouth Metropolis Patriots (25-23, 21-20, 17-27, 24-19)
Scorchers – Dobbs 18, McFolley 18, Lawrence 15; Patriots – 28, Gadsden 18, Bissainthe 18
The Plymouth Metropolis Patriots followers have travelled properly on the highway this season, particularly when the workforce has visited the Surrey Scorchers – they usually did so once more after they squeezed out an 89-87 win at Surrey Sports activities Park on this remaining BBL Championship assembly between the 2 sides.
Victory got here on the broad shoulders of Rashad Hassan, who stored the scoreboard ticking over all evening with 28 factors, but it surely was a dagger from Elvisi Dusha – who scored simply 5 factors for Plymouth – that sealed the win within the closing seconds.
The final time the edges met at Surrey Sports activities Park, the Patriots gained 105-95, however two of the three video games have been aggressive – and the South East devoted got here out in full voice, hoping their workforce would choose up one win between the 2.
A Plymouth win would create a cushion over the Newcastle Eagles for the eighth place within the BBL Championship, and a possible place within the playoffs.
James Hawhorne Jr began out as Plymouth’s aggressor, and put them up early. He was discovered by Jules Dang-Akodo and a few occasions by Elvisi Dusha, together with on a uncommon three to go up 7-2.
It was a mixed effort from the Scorchers to get again in it however Josh McFolley pulled them degree at 16 apiece on a pair of profitable free throws after a rack assault.
Hawthorne Jr caught his second foul early with an aggressive closeout on Charleston Dobbs behind the three-point line. Dobbs couldn’t put Surrey forward, however with Plymouth’s main scorer on the bench, the guests needed to look elsewhere.
Surrey fed huge man Boban Jacdonmi, who obtained a floating shot as much as tie it, and adopted it up with a free throw after being fouled.
Then Tayo Ogedengbe and Dobbs scored to place the house workforce up two on the finish of 10 minutes.
Andrew Lawrence opened up the second quarter with a 3 for the Scorchers. He then stole the ball and obtained a layup on the break that was deemed a goaltending, regardless of the competition.
Josh McFolley began to take over. He hit a 3, then discovered Josh Metal for one more. The purpose guard then hit a troublesome mid-range fadeaway earlier than pushing the ball forward in transition to a operating Jacdonmi for a layup.
This gave the Scorchers their greatest lead of the sport, 40-28.
After a timeout, every workforce hit the ground with new defensive plans. Plymouth went to a zone, which compelled the Scorchers into a troublesome few offensive possessions.
In the meantime, Surrey pressured Plymouth full court docket, which slowed the guests down – nevertheless, calm play by Elvisi Dusha discovered the open Jules Dang-Okodo, who obtained the move forward to Rashad Hassan for a simple layup.
In a semi-transition play, Dusha ran an open court docket pick-and-roll with Dang-Okodo, which left a lane for the trailing Hassan. Dusha discovered him for a giant dunk and the Patriots had been again within the recreation with lower than two minutes to go within the first half.
Plymouth stored pushing the ball, even after Surrey scores, and ran one other profitable semi-transition pick-and-roll with Dusha and Hassan for his or her closing possession to chop the deficit to a few – 46-43 on the half in Surrey’s favour.
It took lower than two minutes within the third quarter for Plymouth to tie issues up. Dusha obtained into the lane however discovered Hassan deep within the submit for an alley-oop layup.
Each groups needed to run on offence, however Surrey crept forward because of Andrew Lawrence, McFolley and Shakem Johnson sinking free throws.
Ryan Bissainthe stored Plymouth inside attain on an and-one play but it surely was robust, bodily basketball on each ends.
This meant that Hawthorne picked up his fourth foul midway by means of the third, and returned to the bench.
The Patriots nonetheless had a former BBL scoring champion on their facet, and Hassan went to work within the submit – getting his defender up within the air with a pump pretend then dribbling by means of for a layup.
Plymouth’s Ty Gadsden started discovering gaps within the Scorchers’ defence, as the house workforce’s full court docket strain began to tire. He obtained free on the perimeter for a step again three that swished by means of then obtained a layup to fall the following time down.
The ultimate body noticed the visiting facet run a full-court zone defence of their very own. It was productive in stopping Surrey, however the Patriots struggled to get defensive rebounds and Johnson obtained a dunk for the Scorchers when all the things broke down for Plymouth after they allowed three offensive boards.
Gadsden scored essentially the most entertaining layup of the sport on a damaged move – he caught the ball in his left hand, dribbled as soon as, and reverse pivoted round his defender for an acrobatic layup off the glass.
However the Scorchers stored combating again. McFolley tied it up with a pair of free throws, then Lawrence and Dobbs ran a choose and pop that noticed the latter pull up from three to place his workforce up by the identical quantity.
Hassan fought onerous on the offensive glass for Plymouth and obtained a rating beneath strain. He adopted this with one other huge bucket off an exquisite choose and roll pocket move from Dusha to go one-point forward.
With a couple of minutes to go Hawthorne was again for the Patriots and he made a direct influence with a giant three on the prime of the arc – his second for the sport, after hitting simply 12 all season coming into the competition.
McFolley responded however scores and leads went forwards and backwards till lower than 20 seconds to go.
Dusha obtained into the lane for Plymouth and hit a chilly step again mid-ranger to place the Patriots up three with a number of seconds to go.
The Scorchers tried to inbound the ball however Dusha tipped it and tried a layup. He missed however Hawthorne was there for a put-back dunk to seal the victory.
This gave the Plymouth Metropolis Patriots an ideal probability to safe the ultimate place within the playoffs.
It would come right down to the ultimate recreation of the season, however the Newcastle Eagles must have some luck on their facet for issues to fall of their favour within the remaining few video games – beginning tomorrow towards the Leicester Riders.
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