Following the disappointing loss to Derby the night before, Rockets launched themselves from tip at the Den with a 11-0 blitz thanks to the twin towers of Leome Francis and Liam Davis coupled to a drive and assist from Pau Mayor and a wide shot form Academy starter Asher Ndah. Bradford broke the run but Rockets were soon back at a pace as Nick Richards made a great interception which he followed with a fine stop leaving Rockets in control at 23-9 at the first break.
Richards was again at his defensive best with a block before he received an assist from Francis to score giving Rockets a 30-19 lead mid-way through the second period. Ben Dixon came off the bench to drive and score but with Rockets in team foul trouble , Dragons hit 4 form 4 form the penalty stripe to reduce the deficit to 26- 36 at the interval.
After both Head Coaches had used the interval very effectively a most competitive third quarter was dished up for the supporters. Rockets again launched themselves into the game with a 9-0 opening run but Dragons drained three trebles in this 23-24 period. Again it was encouraging to see Ndah stroke a treble and Matias Boho also hit one as Rockets upped their shooting percentage too. Dixon drove repeatedly for 6 personal points whilst Richards was at the offensive end also hitting 6 personal points. After having to sit out much of the game due to personal foul trouble Davis scored again but the best move of the period was a Dixon block, a fast pass to Richards who returned the assist and Dixon finished with a finger roll. Richards completed Rockets scoring with a long two to secure Rockets lead at 60-49.
Matias Boho made a steal and then stopped Dragons next offence before David Chive made a steal and score. When Ed Potter scored Rockets had continued their excellent start to another quarter with a 8-0 run. Boho stroked a brace of trebles and Chive hit another as Rockets took the final period 26-14 to secure a fine win. Ndah took a charge in the final moments to show Rockets determination to play hard throughout the game.
The victory has secured Rockets place in the Play-off Championship but now they have 3 games to see how high in the league they can finish to establish if they have a home or away quarter final.
Top scorers for Rockets were Leome Francis with 19 points and 10 rebounds as Nick Richards hit 17 points with 7 rebounds, Matias Boho 11 pts and Ben Dixon with 10 pts.
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