Bradford Dragons faced the first of two key fixtures, in their fight to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle, beating Kent Crusaders, 96-86, in the Dragons’ Den on Saturday evening.
Having finished 2017 on a high, with wins against Reading Rockets and Lancashire Spinners, the Dragons were hoping for a better start to 2018, suffering defeats at both Derby Trailblazers and Loughborough Student Riders.
Kent were themselves relegated from the top flight in 2016, but bounced back at the first attempt. However, despite some good performances this season, most notably beating former champions, Manchester Magic, the previous weekend, they have once again found themselves in the drop zone.
It was a tentative start to the game, with both sides missing shots in the opening minute. But, it was the visiting Crusaders that opened the scoring, when Great Britain under 18 international, Caleb Fuller, sank a three pointer from the perimeter.