Jack McNally reports as a tired Surrey succumb to their Scottish visitors
The Surrey Scorchers lost to the Glasgow Rocks 69-84 at Surrey Sports Park in their second game in two nights.
The effort appeared to catch up with the home team and the loss of Jay Bowie in the first half contributed to the defeat.
The Scorchers came into Saturday’s game just one night after a nail-biting first win of the season against the Sheffield Sharks, and Surrey looked to be taking some of that good form into the Glasgow game.
In the first half the Scorchers set the pace on both ends of the court by running high tempo, high-passing offense that allowed the ball to work its way around the perimeter and finally inside to Surrey’s big man Mike Ochereobia, who finished the game with 10 points and four rebounds.
On the defensive end the Scorchers were using lockdown perimeter pressure, so much so that in the 1st quarter alone Surrey forced multiple turnovers in possession and a shot-clock violation on the Rocks.
However, six minutes into the 1st, Bowie took a stiff elbow to the face and was left with a cut above the right eyebrow that gushed with blood and required him to sit out the rest of the 1st half. However in the 2nd, Bowie would return to finish the game with nine points, but only made three of his 11 shots.
The Rocks also suffered an injury blow as Jordan Clarke went down midway through the 2nd quarter with an apparent knee injury. There was no contact on the play so the physio and fans feared the worst, but Clarke was able to return from the locker-room for the rest of the game.
At half time the Scorchers led 41-37, however the effects of the previous night’s game started to show as Glasgow opened the 2nd half at a blistering pace, constantly beating Surrey players up the court for easy open layups to end the 3rd quarter back in the lead 57-67.
In the 4th, the Scorchers tried their best to play lockdown defence but Glasgow had too much energy and managed to move the ball around the perimeter quick enough to get easy shots inside, to stretch the final score to 69 – 84.
Surrey played great defence but it was the scheduling of games that was against them, the 2nd half was just too much for them to keep pace with the much better rested Glasgow team, and tired legs made it harder to get up accurate shots. Will Neighbour was the standout player for Surrey with 20 points and five rebounds to hold the deficit to only 15.
The Scorchers will be hoping the five days rest will help with their game against the Worcester Wolves on Thursday night, and that the game will end with Surrey’ second win of the season.