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Smith & Plymouth Raiders record huge win in BBL

- defeat Surrey Scorchers 111-82
Virgin Islander, Leslee J. Smith, right, and Plymouth Raiders picked up their second win in the British Basketball League Championships with a 111-82 points victory over Surrey Scorchers on February 7, 2020. Photo: Plymouth Raiders/File
Surrey Scorchers had defeated the Raiders, 97-107, on January 18, 2020 in a game in which Leslee J. Smith (No. 11) had 15 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks in his 29 and a half minutes of play. Photo: Plymouth Raiders/File
Surrey Scorchers had defeated the Raiders, 97-107, on January 18, 2020 in a game in which Leslee J. Smith (No. 11) had 15 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks in his 29 and a half minutes of play. Photo: Plymouth Raiders/File
PLYMOUTH, England, UK- After snapping a whopping 8-game losing streak on January 31, 2020, Plymouth Raiders seem to have been boosted with confidence as they recorded an emphatic win over Surrey Scorchers in the British Basketball League (BBL) Championships on Friday, February 7, 2020 at Plymouth Pavilions.

A superb effort from the team put Raiders in control throughout the whole game, helping them to take victory, 111-82.

Virgin Islander, Leslee J. Smith, who had top scored in the maiden win against Glasgow Rocks, fell into foul trouble and only managed 6 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal in over 8 minutes of play.

5 players; however, managed to get into double digits for the Raiders.

The Scorchers had defeated the Raiders, 97-107, on January 18, 2020 in a game in which Smith had 15 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks in his 29 and a half minutes of play.

‘We shared the ball & had fun’- Coach Paul James

Head Coach Paul James was extremely impressed with his team’s performance as he said: “We executed the game plan really well, both offensively and defensively so I’m really delighted and proud of the guys and what they did tonight.”

“I think we carried on from where we were last week, we shared the ball, had fun and they made that extra pass.

“We had thirty-three assists tonight which was unbelievable and everybody played for each other, and you could see that tonight.”

The victory was the first in front of the home crowd since October, he added: “It’s about time, the fans have come and watched week in week out. 

“We’ve had some close games that we’ve lost and it was nice tonight that we put on a show and gave them something to really cheer about. 

“Hopefully we can continue that in the next few games coming up!”

Raiders’ next game will be away at Sheffield against Sheffield Sharks today, February 9, 2020.

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