Lancashire Spinners73Loss
Reading Rockets105Win

Match Report

Rockets completed their northern away double header with a convincing win against basement team Spinners, securing consecutive victory number nine as they head to the Play-off Championship in fine form. If they can win their next three games they’ll be Play Off Champions !!

Spinners had no answer to the rebounding and scoring of Tim Gill who hit a season high 38 points and took down approx. 16 rebounds ( official stats not available at time of going to press ) whilst the significant Rockets supporters were in awe as Declan Soukup made many no-look passes, a delight
to behold as he masterminds Rockets offenses whilst his timing of the jump sees him rising high to take down defensive rebounds too. Scotty Hendricks hit yet more trebles, five to add to his nineteen in the previous three games. This was another  very good team performance though still with room for improvement as the battle for the last trophy of the season begins with the quarter finals on Sun 8th April at 5 pm at Rivermead when Rockets entertain the in form Bradford Dragons.

Hendricks opened Rockets score off an assist from Sydney Donaldson, the heart of  Rockets performance, before Gil scored nearly half of Rockets 33 points in this period. Spinners fought back from the early onslaught with a 14-6 run of their own but couldn’t contain the rampaging Rockets who took the first quarter 33-18.

Another 23-18 second quarter was opened with a slam dunk from 18 yo Alex Drincic before Ali Sbai made a steal and pass to Hendricks to drain a wide treble, these seeing  Rockets comfortable at the interval with a 56-36 lead though again Spinners had hit three trebles to stay in touch.  Gill was
again dominant inside in the third period and soon Rockets enjoyed a thirty point lead at 68-38 but Spinners never threw in the towel, even when 80-51 behind as the final stanza beckoned.

Ed Potter gave an assist to Gill before hitting his only treble of the game though he fought tirelessly to stop Spinners getting up a head of steam (their venue is adjacent to a train station ). A tighter final quarter ensued as Head Coach Manuel Pena Garces rested players after a very demanding weekend of travel ( 700 miles )  and vital games but Rockets kept up their tempo to secure win number nine with a score of 105-73.

Every player had played his part well giving more encouragement to Rockets coaches and supporters as the end of season beckons. Top scorers for Rockets were Tim Gill with 38 pts., Scotty Hendricks with 20 pts., and Sydney Donaldson with 19 pts. though every player scored at least 6 points.

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