Leeds Force 76 Surrey Scorchers 62: Scorchers get their fingers burned as red-hot Force return to form

Jermaine Sanders
Jermaine Sanders
Have your say

Leeds Force returned to winning ways at the Carnegie Sports Arena with a 76-62 win against the Surrey Scorchers.

Jermaine Sanders was the game’s top scorer with 19 points and he was accompanied by three of his team-mates in scoring double-figure points.

The win puts an end to a five-game losing run and ends a difficult period of three games in a week for the Force.

Leeds opened an early four-point lead. The Scorchers found a way through the Force’s defence and went on a nine-point run. There was some comical play from Leeds during Surrey’s run. After winning the ball Sanders looked to play the ball forward but ended up hitting the back of Clayfell Harris’ head, the ball fell to Albert Margai who found the basket unopposed.

Sanders put an end to the run after converting both his free throws. An Eddie Matthew triple at the end of the quarter made it a four-point deficit after the first quarter. Quincy Taylor scored the first six points for the Scorchers in the second period as the Force struggled to deal with the 6.8’ Will Neighbour.

A 6-0 run from Sanders and Isenbarger midway through the quarter brought the game to within just a basket as they quickened up their play during transition.

Leeds stormed the Scorchers in the third as Isenbarger sank a triple with the half just 10 seconds old. It didn’t stop there as the Force went on a 12-0 run which consisted of a buzzer beater three from Sanders and a deep three from Isenbarger.

The dominant display showed on the scoreboard as they had a lead of 11 as they outscored Surrey 24-8.

Leeds saw out the last period with ease with regular baskets and remained solid defensively.

The confidence oozed out Leeds as they countered Surrey with ease with just three passes allowing Clayfell Harris to slam dunk.

The lead could have been bigger for Leeds but as they gave the whole team some game time Surrey chipped at the gap.