Match Report – Reading Rockets v Leicester Warriors

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Reading Rockets82Win
Leicester Warriors67Loss

With Rivermead not available Rockets played in the confines of the John Madejski Academy sports hall though with loud and dedicated supporters.

Rockets recorded their sixth win on the trot as they overcome a strong and talented Warriors team after the game was level at 41 each at the interval but Rockets took the last 2 quarters by 41- 26 to take a convincing victory and keep the pressure on the unbeaten Solent Kestrels whom Rockets face away on Saturday.

Rockets stormed the opening minutes, Ben Dixon made a great steal and a block as Rockets established a 8-0 run before Warriors took a time-out. From that moment Warriors hit 3 trebles as they went on an 18- 8 run to take the first period 18-16 having surprised the confident Rockets with their offensive prowess.

Nick Richards brought Rockets level on 18 and with David Chive and A J Carr also adding to Rockets points , the hosts found themselves 5 points up but another treble from Warriors kept the scores close or tied throughout this second quarter. Chive hit Rockets first treble and then Carr and Matias Boho stroked a brace as Rockets went to the locker room level on 41 points with Warriors American T J Henderson leading all scorers with 19 of Warriors 41 points. Rockets had commanded the boards by 20-13 and already had made 8 assists but the 6 Warriors trebles showed Head Coach Alan Keane that his team needed to step up if they wanted to take the victory.

Rockets fast breaks had caused Warriors problems in the first half and was to remain a thorn in Warriors side as Rockets peppered a total of 24 points against Warriors 6 in the second half.

Liam Davis hit a long score from wide out but an interception by Richards was the early highlight of the third quarter as he rose to slam dunk and raise the roof of the arena. Still Warriors stayed in contention to level at 51 but a 9-0 run saw Rockets enjoy a 60-51 advantage as the final period beckoned., thanks in part to a 10 point personal haul by Richards and a huge block by Boho that again raised the roof.

Richards had another slam dunk to open the quarter giving Rockets their first double digit advantage , something they weren’t to lose for the remainder of the game. Chive stroked a treble from wide out and then Richards made a steal and scored with a finger roll. Another huge and powerful rejection by Boho was acclaimed around the arena and soon Rockets had a 70-56 lead with over 6 minutes to go. Still the Warriors cry went up ’ there’s plenty of time ‘ as indeed there was but Rockets now looked very strong and determined to keep such a lead and take another win. Richards finished yet another excellent display by the American guard with a rejection followed by a slam and a free throw as Rockets extended their winning streak to 6. As the score line showed an 82-67 victory.

Rockets had kept Warriors Henderson to just 5 points in the second half as Rockets made 15 steals to disrupt Warriors offence whilst also outscoring Warriors 48-34 in the paint.

Top scorers for Rockets and the Nando’s Player of the Game , was Nick Richards who hit 32 pts, took down 6 rebounds, made 4 steals and 3 assists. A J Carr was near to a double double with 15 pts and 8 rebounds whilst Academy student David Chive hit 10 pts and made 3 assists though Coach Keane will have been delighted with most of Rockets second half display after his interval team talk.

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Details

Date Time League Season
10/11/2019 17:00 NBL Div 1 2019 / 2020

Venue

John Madejski Academy
112-118 Hartland Rd, Reading, Reading RG2, UK