Following Friday night’s victory in Manchester, the Raiders travelled to Surrey for a game against the Scorchers. Still missing Will Neighbour, and with the additions of Dylan Costello and Steve Gordon, Raiders put in a determined performance with just eight players.
An even start by both teams came to end when the home side went on a 12 – 2 mid way through the first period. Six points from the Raiders halted the run but it was Surrey who led 24 – 18 after ten minutes. With Raiders always trailing, they tried to pull the game back before half time and got within three on a couple occasions but Surrey still led half way through the game, 48 – 42.
Surrey came out firing in the second half outscoring the Raiders 18 – 8 to open up a 16 point lead and despite six points from Stefan Djukic and four from Denzel Ubiaro, Surrey held a 71 – 60 lead with ten minutes to play. Tre Bowman cut the lead to six with a little under eight minutes remaining but that was as close as the visitors got. Surrey re-introduced their starting players and took control of the game stretching their lead to 16 before winning the game 95 – 82.
Djukic top scored for the Raiders with 17 points to go along with 11 rebounds whilst Joonas Järveläinen also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. February and March league MVP Tony Hicks led the way for the Scorchers with 27 points and as a team, the home side shot an impressive 51% from behind the 3-point line making 16 from 31 attempts.
Raiders have another double header next weekend when they travel to Leeds on Friday before returning home to face Cheshire Phoenix at the Pavilions on Sunday, 4:00pm tip.Game Stats