Reading Rockets (1-0) will be looking to build on Sunday’s narrow win against Team Newcastle University (0-1) when they take on Hemel Storm (0-0) in league play on Saturday afternoon (5pm tip-off at Bohunt School) before entering the National Cup for the first time this season at the third round stage when they travel to the Capital to take on Lithuanian outfit BC Medelynas on Sunday afternoon. The Reading team started out positively in NBL Division One as they recorded a nail-biting 72-68 win on the road without the services of captain Danny Carter who has been side-lined once through injury.
Saturday’s opponents Hemel Storm have split their opening National Trophy games, beating Leicester Warriors but losing out to Loughborough Student Riders and will be looking to get off to a similar start to the Rockets after their opening day win. National Cup opposition BC Medelynas have had wins in rounds one and two against Oxford Steelers and Swindon Shock respectively and have also been victorious in their opening league game in Division Four. The winners of the tie will go through to the 4th round to host either NBL Division Four outfit Cardiff City or NBL Division One rivals Worthing Thunder.
In speaking after his team’s long trip to the north and in preparation for this weekend’s double header match-ups, Rockets Head Coach Manuel Peña Garcés was pleased his side eventually managed to chalk up their first win especially without the services of captain Danny Carter but knows more work is needed if his side are to compete with the top teams in the division. The Spaniard said,
Rockets go into their two-game weekend uncertain if captain Danny Carter will return to action. The 6’9 forward has a groin / hip injury and wasn’t even allowed to travel to Newcastle last weekend so it will be touch and go if the 29 year old will suit up this weekend for the Reading team. A sickness team hit a couple of players over the last 4/5 days so Rockets are hoping that is now over and hasn’t any effect for the tough double header ahead. The Berkshire outfit made it through last weekend’s game without any additional injury worries so will be looking to build on their opening day win when they open up their home league campaign at their second home of Bohunt School in Wokingham.