The first 2 quarters scores were close to Saturdays except Rockets were on the receiving end as they found themselves 18-25 and 45-56 adrift. The intensity and energy that had permiated Rockets on Saturday was not apparent as Leopards kept a fast pace and clinical finishing. Rockets sole lead was at 39-37 during a purple patch in the second period as A J Carr stroked 3 trebles and Trae Pemberton also scored to draw the scores level on 36 before 16 yo David Chive scored with a treble. But that’s as good as it got before the break as Rockets trailed 45-56 .
At the start of the third period there was encouragement to Rockets supporters as Sydney Donaldson and Carr stroked trebles with Pemberton scoring with a floater in an 8-0 run and within a single score of Leopards at 53-56. Rockets got even closer when they tied the game on 67, 69 and 71 but a huge treble on the buzzer from just inside Rockets half brought delight to Leopards as they still held a lead though now just 74-71.
The euphoria of the third quarter effort slipped to disappointment for Rockets supporters as Leopards kept coming at them, and again hitting three trebles in the final period sapping the energy and effort of the Rockets though captain Danny Carter did his level best as he hit eleven points in the quarter but Leopards took another victory over Rockets by 101-90.
Top scorers for Rockets were Pemberton with 25, Carr with 22, Carter with 15 and Donaldson with 11.
Rockets now have a near 3 week break till 5th Jan when they travel north to Manchester to take on Magic.
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