Category: Mens Team

Foulds out for the season

Returning forward Jonny Foulds is sadly unavailable for the rest of the season and will return home after suffering from a back injury.

Jonny featured in our 98- 79 away victory over the Nottingham McDonald’s Hoods on 30th January. Coming off the bench, he scored 6 points and 4 rebounds as well as providing experience and knowledge on court.

“Unfortunately, Johnny’s time with us was a lot shorter than we expected. Sadly, an old injury had resurfaced which meant he would be out for quite a period of time,” said Head Coach Alan Keane, he goes on to say, “Considering all circumstances the unfortunate picture was a considerate amount of time on the sideline. We will miss Johnny as his presence added a lot of value to the team. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to see him returning to full fitness.”

We wish Jonny a very quick recovery.

Rockets Jaz it up

Oaklands Wolves 77  |  A.J. Roberts, 22 PTS, 15 REB | K. Daley, 15 PTS, 4 REB

Reading Rockets 98 |  L. Francis, 19 PTS, 7 REB  | J. Bains, 14 PTS, 6 STL

Rockets’ transfer deadline signing of Jaz Bains appears a good move as he makes an exciting debut with four trebles in a 14 point haul coupled to 6 steals and a block as Rockets eased past Wolves on their fourth successive away game. Rockets went down by  double digits in the opening few minutes  at 4-14  but a 16-8 run saw Head Coach Alan Keane herald the changes to see the hosts have just a 2 point lead at the end of the first quarter by 22-20 with O’Showen Williams making a buzzer beating score to keep Rockets close.

Rockets trailed till midway through the second period  before Reis Pinnock and Leome Francis made lay-ups off good approach play and Chuck Duru hit a pull up and a treble to see Rockets have 6 point advantage at 51-45 at the interval thanks to a 31-23 quarter. However Wolves came straight back to within a point and then drew level on 56 and 62 before a 10-2 finish by Rockets, including a buzzer beating treble from Bains,  saw Rockets with a 72-64 advantage going into the final stanza.

Academy player Lattrell Maitland hit a treble, mirrored by yet another Bains treble as Rockets shot out of the blocks at the start of the final quarter. Power forward Kivuvu Live, another academy player made a layup and took down a  key rebound before Pinnock and Bains each made steals from which they scored  as Rockets opened up a 21 point lead at 91-70 which they were to maintain till the final buzzer as they took the deserved victory 98-77.

This was another encouraging performance for Coach Keane as he now has a fit and Covid free squad. Stats wise both teams were evenly matched in most areas except with treble shooting and free throws where Rockets converted 69%. Rockets only had 16 turnovers and the bench points contribution showed the growing strength in the team even with young, academy and inexperienced players.

Rockets now look forward to 3 consecutive home games though lockdown still means , no spectators to watch this entertaining team. Top scorers for Rockets were Leome Francis with 19 pts and 7 rebounds followed by Jaz Bains with 14 pts, 6 steals and a block and the dependable O’Showen Williams with 13 pts, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Reis Pinnock was again outstanding with 10 pts, 6 rebounds 3 assists and 4 steals as Sam Toluwase also hit 10 pts and took down 5 rebounds. Chuck Duru and academy youngster Latrell Maitland both hit 9 pts with Duru taking down 4 rebounds and Maitland doing likewise with 3 rebounds.

Leicester Warriors are Rockets’ next opponents on Sat 27th Feb.

Wolves V Rockets | Game Preview

Oaklands Wolves V Reading Rockets | Tip-off: 3:30pm | Sunday 21st February 2021  

Reading Rockets look to bounce back from our defeat at the hand of league-leaders Team Solent Kestrels, on Sunday when we face Oaklands Wolves. The match will take place at Oaklands College at 3:30pm. You can follow the game via FIBA Live Stats.

Rockets currently sit 7th in the National Basketball League, holding a 3-4 record for the season so far. Although coming off a heavy defeat to the Kestrels, Rockets were able to keep them to their smallest win margin of the season after a very spirited performance and lots hard work from all of the team. The team have been back in training and putting in tremendous amounts of effort to get back to winning ways this weekend.

Captain Ben Dixon is excited for the upcoming match against Oaklands. “The team is eager to get back on track this Sunday with a new challenge in the Oaklands Wolves,” he stated.” “We have been building each week and will be looking to give four quarters of fast paced, high intensity basketball.”

This weekend we will also see the debut of new signing Jaz Bains. We are keen to see him in action for the Rockets and wish him all the best ahead of his first game in Rocket red and black.

Our opponents, Oaklands Wolves, have struggled to get their 2020/2021 season off to a great start. They sit near the bottom of the table after attaining a 2-7 record and are coming off a 61-point defeat to the Kestrels.

Ones to Watch

For the Wolves, they will be looking for another huge individual performance from their American 5’11 guard Jordan Santiago. Santiago is currently 3rd in scoring for the league averaging an impressive 24.6 PPG, as well as grabbing 9.5 RPG and 3.1 SPG.

The Rockets will be hoping our own American guard, O’Showen Williams, continues his impressive run of form in recent games. He continues to fill the stat sheet – currently averaging 20.8 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 4.8 APG, and 2.9 SPG for the season.

In our previous game, British-guard Reis Pinnock was on top form, achieving 14 points, 9 assists, 6 steals and 6 rebounds. We hope Reis can continue this against the Wolves.

Solent extend their winning streak to beyond 2 years

Team Solent Kestrels 101 | Orlan Jackman 28 PTS, 12 REB | Ian Smith 19 PTS, 9 AST, 3 STL

Reading Rockets 73 | O’Showen Williams 19 PTS, 8 REB, 6 AST, 4 STL | Reis Pinnock 14 PTS, 9 AST, 6 STL, 6 REB

Solent’s league record of staying undefeated since February 2019 looked at risk for the first half against a spirited Rockets team but a second half impetus saw them extend that record as they took it 57-38.  However Rockets can be proud that they are the first team in the league this year which has lost to Solent by less than 30 points.

Rockets played well in the opening 2 quarters as two young guards in Reis Pinnock and Sam Grant hit 10 and 11 points respectively whilst both defended superbly too as Solent edged the first period by just 21-18 and the second 23-17 with Solent’s most influential player, ex BBL and G B stalwart Orlan Jackman hitting 18 personal points before the interval. Rockets had tied the game at 28 each but a 16-0 Solent run hurt Rockets who came back with a 7-0 run including a buzzer beating drive and finish by O’Showen Williams going into the changing room 35-44 adrift.

Williams scored 9 of Rockets 15 points in the third period but Solent were rampant scoring 25 points as Rockets piled up the fouls finding themselves gifting Solent many trips to the foul throw line.  Rockets had cut the deficit to just  6 points with their first two possessions including a Williams treble  but Solent responded with 2 quick scores before Leome Francis scored his first points of the game with a clinical inside move.  Williams stroked another treble to stay just 6 points down but Jackman returned the compliment for Solent. You just had to admire Rockets hustle as they troubled Solent as Williams finished a drive and hit the penalty stroke too keeping Rockets 48-56 midway rough the third quarter but a Solent period of 16-2 began to take the game away from the visitors as the quarter ended with Rockets trailing 50-72.

A 9-0 start by Solent saw them in control with a 31 point lead which they held effectively till the final 2 minutes when Sam Grant drove to score and late arrival ( due to work commitments ) Sam Toluwase hit a treble before another academy student Kivuvu Live hit Rockets’ last score as they went down 73-101 to a very talented Solent Kestrels where 32 points were scored by their bench  players which tells you how strong in depth this Solent side is.

Top scorers for Rockets were O’Showen Williams with 19 points 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 6 assists , Sam Grant with 16 points, with Reis Pinnock playing a major role with not only 14 points but also 6 rebounds, 6 steals and 9 assists in a complete performance for the young guard.

Rockets now travel to Oakland Wolves next Sunday tipping at 3.30 pm.

(Images Provided by Luke Simcock)

Smooth Jaz comes to Reading

We are delighted to announce that the sharpshooting 5’11 guard Jaz Bains will be joining the team for the remainder of the season.

Jaz attended college at St. Lawrence College before heading to Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. Across 104 games for both college and university he averaged 20.5 PPG, 4.9 RPG, and 4.7 APG.

Last season, he played in the Pro B in Germany for Fraport Skyliners Juniors where he achieved 8.4 PPG, whilst shooting an impressive 34.7% from 3-point range.

“Jaz is a great shooter and scorer,” Director of Basketball, Matt Johnson, states. He continues to say that “Jazz will be another shooting option for Alan to call on to provide more spacing on the court. We believe that this signing will add another level to our game and help us to continue to compete with the best in our division.”

Jaz will not feature in tomorrow’s game versus the Team Solent Kestrels, but we are looking forward to seeing him the Rocket red and black this season. Rocketeers, please join us in welcoming Jaz to our team!