The Dragons travelled to Manchester on the back of last week’s impressive away win, at Worthing Thunder, and knowing that a win could all but secure them a place in the end of season play-offs.
Bradford had the better of the opening quarter, taking a six point advantage into the first break, 19-25. However, Manchester came back strongly in the second period and at half-time it was the hosts that held the lead, at 48-41.
Manchester piled on the pressure after the break extending their lead to sixteen points, 75-59, by the end of the penultimate quarter and it seemed as though the game had slipped from Bradford’s reach.
Jeremee Davis top scored for the Dragons with twenty-three points, sixteen of them in the final quarter. Spaniard, Miguel Lorenzo added twenty points, whilst Rihards Sulcs picked up fifteen points and eight rebounds.
Dragons’ head coach, Chris Mellor said of the game, “We played hard, rebounded well and obviously had the last shot to try and get the win. But, the game got away from us after half-time and we were still down by fourteen points with five minutes to go and it’s tough to make up that kind of deficit with so little time remaining.”
“It is now out of our own hands and we are waiting on other results to go our way. Hopefully we can still sneak the eighth spot.”
As things currently stand there are still four teams, Worthing Thunder, Leicester Warriors and Tees Valley Mohawks, along with the Dragons, still in with a chance of claiming one of the two final berths in the end of season tournament. However, should the Mohawks lose on Wednesday evening at their local rivals, Team Northumbria, Bradford’s qualification would be all but confirmed. Otherwise, the Dragons will need to wait until next weekend for their fate to be decided.
A nervous few days lie ahead!!