TAMWORTH Tigers were the victors of a captivating battle with Leamington Spartans in WBA Division One.
The hosts were on the wrong end of a 69-62 scoreline, having trailed for the majority of the game before going in front late on.
A late show from Luke Bolda – who scored 17 points in all – then overturned the deficit to win it for the Tigers.
Tamworth stormed into a ten-point lead to get the game under way, before Kris Polley scored the first points to get Spartans on the scoreboard.
Bolda was a threat throughout for the visitors at Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre, helping the Tigers see out the opening quarter with an 18-12 lead.
While the second quarter was a low-scoring affair, the Tigers remained 32-22 in front at the break.
Spartans rallied in quarter three, with notable moments from Nick Klemos – who scored two three-pointers – and the duo of Kris Polley and Rob Wilson adding to the hosts’ cause.
Having levelled the game at 49-49, it appeared that the Spartans were the side who would claim victory.
And those expectations were heightened when Murat Kaciran put Leamington in front, only for the visitors to level and then win the game through Bolda at the death.
Regardless of the final outcome, Russell Dunkley’s Spartans demonstrated their resolve to push the second-placed Tigers until the very last, despite sitting second-bottom at present.
In Division Two, Spartans Seconds thrashed Nuneaton Predators Seconds to move up to seventh with a 73-27 victory.
Leamington’s top scorers Dan Zoka and Lee Frost both registered 13 points for their efforts, helping their side continue their rise up the table with a fourth win this term.