Raiders win classic in double-overtime
PLYMOUTH RAIDERS…119 MANCHESTER GIANTS…115
MARJON Plymouth Raiders edged an epic thriller against Manchester Giants in double-overtime at the Pavilions last night.
Raiders finally prevailed in a see-saw encounter in the BBL Championship that swung this way and that all evening after outscoring Giants 15-11 in the second extra frame.
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The win, in front of an electric full house at the Pavilions, improves Raiders' record to 12-5 in fourth spot in the standings, three wins back from 15-2 leaders Newcastle Eagles.
Coach Gavin Love's team have now won their last four league games.
Raiders looked to have won it after a 22-7 run, through the first half of the fourth quarter put them eight points, 89-81 up.
Back-up forward Jamal Williams came off Raiders' bench and proved a great spark, scoring nine in the streak.
Giants responded with a 14-6 rally, capped by 2/2 free-throws from Ben Eaves, under huge pressure with 9.5 seconds left, to force the first extra period.
Raiders got on top for good with a three from rookie forward Javarris Barnett – who had a monster night and game-high 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists – to put Raiders up by five, 113-108.
Raiders' defence was getting the stops they needed now.
Barnett tried to hit another three from the left wing on Raiders' next possession and missed – but centre Matt Schneck was on hand to grab the offensive rebound and draw the foul.
Schneck hit both free-throws to make it 115-108 and put Raiders out of sight.
A happy Love said afterwards: "I loved the fact we showed huge heart tonight and refused to lose. I loved that."
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