Bradford Dragons clinched a narrow 74-73 road win over the 7th seeded Essex Rebels in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday afternoon.
Dragons fought hard all game long and rightfully claimed their place in the second round of the playoffs after edging a nervy final quarter.
A clutch Andreas Lycoudis three with less than 50 seconds left on the clock, proved to be the game-winning moment as the Dragons shut out the Rebels down the stretch.
In a high-scoring first quarter of play, it was the visitors who came out the block’s fastest, breaking into an early 7-1 lead, with buckets from Rihards Šulcs and Tyme Regent-Bascombe.
The Rebels responded well, with four of their five starters scoring in a 12-0 run that put the hosts 13-7 to the good halfway through the opening period.
The rest of the quarter set the tempo for the game as both teams cancelled each other out in a back-and-forth finish to the quarter