The Neptunes took the initial quarter, going into the first break with a three point lead, at 22-19. But the travelling Dragons took control of the game in the second period, restricting their hosts to only 10 points, and sending them back to the locker room facing a five point deficit (32-37).
Top scorer for Bradford was Rihards Sulcs with 16 points, followed closely by J.P. Davies on 15 points and Jason Swaine with 10 points.
Following the victory, Dragons’ head coach, Chris Mellor said, “It took us until mid-way through the third quarter before we built up a decent cushion and our defence improved as the game progressed. We didn’t play great but we badly needed the win to get us moving again.”
Following a good first performance back in Bradford’s colours, Ashley stated, “It’s great to be back with the club and I was excited to get back into training, particularly as we had an away game back in my home town of London. It was good to come away with a victory.”
McGrew added, “It feels good to be back in Bradford and I look forward to helping the team in any way possible and to get back in the playoff hunt. It was a good team win today and I look forward to us building on that.”
Bradford return to the Dragons Den next Saturday evening to entertain Worthing Thunder in their final NBL Division One home fixture before the Christmas and New Year break. This will be the second time that the two teams have met this season, after Worthing knocked the Dragons out of the National Cup, in overtime, during a tight quarter final fixture last month. Chris Mellor’s team will be hoping to set records straight by beating their visitors from the South coast, this time around. Saturday’s game, at Bradford College Sports Hall, Trinity Road, Bradford, BD5 0JE tips off at 6:15pm.
Elsewhere for the Dragons, the under 18’s travelled to Durham Wildcats, on Sunday, coming away with a 39-60 victory. The victory leaves them well placed in second position in the Basketball England Northern Conference table, but with three games in hand over the current leaders, QE York Knights.