Prolific Ojo inspires Raiders to win
A stunning 40 point performance by in-form guard Michael Ojo lifted UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders to a 100-93 win at Cheshire Phoenix – although they had to work hard to finish off the hosts, who launched a late bid to come back and win the contest.
The first quarter was played at a frantic pace and both teams found their offensive rhythm early, with Cheshire shading matters 27-25.
The game then developed into something of a more intense struggle during the second period, with neither able to make a break and put any daylight between each other, and so it was still a one-shot game at the half-time break, only this time the two-point advantage was with Raiders at 53-51.
It was at the end of the third quarter when the visitors took control, mainly through the superb display of Ojo, as his three-pointer helped Raiders score eight of the last ten points to move 82-73 ahead.
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However, Phoenix came storming back with a great start to the final quarter, rattling off the first seven points.
Raiders were still two points to the good at 90-88 with three minutes left and won it from the free-throw line.
Chez Marks had 31 points against his former team for Phoenix.
BBL Championship: Cheshire Phoenix 93 (27,51,73) (Marks 31, Myers 20, Bland 18) UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders 100 (25,53,82) (Ojo 40, Schneck 23, Brown 13, Barnett 13).