Plymouth Raiders beat Surrey Heat in BBL Cup
Last Updated: November 4, 2012 9:31am
The Plymouth Raiders became the last team to reach the BBL Cup semi-finals with a 79-74 win over the Surrey Heat in Guildford on Saturday night.
The Raiders - last year's losing BBL Cup finalists - were led by Jeremy Bell's 28 points and a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds from Colin O'Reilly.
The hosts were led by 20 points and eight assists from Chavis Holmes.
The win avenged the Raiders' home defeat at the hands of the Heat in the BBL Championship six days ago and made it five wins in six, and two in consecutive nights, for the South West side.
The Raiders, who led for much of a game which was tight throughout, had the better of the early exchanges and were 22-19 in front by the end of the first quarter after Michael Ojo's buzzer-beating three-pointer broke a tie.
An 11-4 spell for the visitors in the second quarter that included four points each for Bell and Drew Lasker, and a triple from O'Reilly, ensured Plymouth were 40-36 ahead at half-time.
However a 12-3 run either side of the interval from the Heat helped them snatch a 56-52 advantage before the Raiders rattled off the last seven points of the quarter.
The Heat remained in touch throughout the final quarter and Holmes scored four points to make it a one possession game at 72-74 heading into the final minute.
But the Raiders remained resolute to see the game out, Bell making 2/2 at the free-throw line to give them a cushion that was protected by Lasker's basket and Javarris Barnett's free-throw.