THE Townsville Crocodiles defeated the Gold Coast Blaze 88-76 in a fiery clash on Saturday night to keep their play-off hopes alive.
The two sides almost came to blows in the final term as Blaze point guard Adris Deleon and Crocs centre Luke Schenscher had to be pulled off each other in a scuffle that involved all players and their coaches.
The result was two technical fouls and a personal foul, but it did nothing to stop the home-town Crocodiles from running rampant in the final term after trailing by 11 in the first quarter.
Gold Coast were poised to blow Townsville away after effortlessly building an early double-digit lead, but Schenscher (25 points) inside and Crawford on the perimeter (20) turned the game in the Crocs' favour.
Boomer Adam Gibson was outstanding for the visitors with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Adris Deleon (17 points, 6 assists, 5 steals) and Anthony Petrie (12 points, 8 rebounds) also performed strongly.
Read the full match report at the NBL website
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