Cheshire Phoenix survived a late scare before halting a four-game slide with an 89-88 away win against Surrey Scorchers in the BBL Championship on Friday.
A tough run had seen Phoenix slip to eighth position in the standings and when a 14-point fourth-quarter lead disappeared, that sinking feeling began to creep in once again.
But John Lavery’s men clung on to claim an important success behind 27 points from Danny Huffor.
Phoenix had been in charge for much of the contest before their hosts improved at the beginning of the final period, thanks in no small part to KC Ross-Miller’s incredible 35-point performance.
The threat dissipated, however, when Akeem Ellis connected on two three-pointers, either side of another from team-mate David Aliu to establish that healthy lead.
But a 15-4 run sparked by Ross-Miller and energetic plays from Andreas Schreiber and Jordan Williams put the pressure back on the visitors.
Scorchers had earlier this month wiped out a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat London Lions and another shock seemed to be on the cards.
But Ross-Miller was unable to add the game-winner to his showing and Scorchers slipped to a third loss in a row and Phoenix climbed to seventh.
Aliu finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Cheshire club, who will meet Scorchers on two more occasions this season.
Surrey Scorchers 88 (23, 42, 63)(Ross-Miller 35, Fullah 14, Schreiber 12)
Cheshire Phoenix 89 (29, 52, 67)(Huffor 27, Aliu 20, Rochford 16)