Hemel Storm got back to winning ways at Sportspace on Saturday night with a 95-87 win over Manchester Magic to stay at the top of the National League Division One.
The game ebbed and flowed in the first quarter but Storm went in front at 22-21 after a sublime run and lay up by Bode Adeluola.
The impressive Adeluola poured in 13 points in the second quarter, but Manchester dug deep to go in trailing by just one point at 50-49 at half-time.
In the third quarter it was a different Hemel player who caught the eye, with Walid Mumuni scoring 10 of his side’s 25 points as Storm edged out to a six point lead.
Manchester would not lie down, though, and they battled back to trail by only five points with two minutes left.
Influential Hemel captain Simon Kearney hit a long two pointer to relieve the pressure on the home team and the hosts held on win to an enthralling game.
After the match, Hemel head coach Steve Darlow paid tribute to the away side admitting that technically they were the best side his team had faced all season.
He thought his own team’s size and experience had gone a long way towards nailing down the victory.
Adeluola top scored for the home team with 29 points, followed by Dru Spinks with 22. Mumuni grabbed 18, Kearney 14 and Zak Wells 10 to round off the home team’s major scorers.
Storm return to Sportspace on Saturday, December 21 with a Division One game against the Worthing Thunder at 7pm. Before that game the Storm U16 squad take on their Worthing equivalents at 4.15pm.