Rockets V Newcastle | Game Preview

Reading Rockets V Team Newcastle

Sunday 7th March

3:00pm Tip-off

National Basketball League

The second game of our first double-header of the season sees us take on Team Newcastle (9-3) in the NBL Division 1. The game will tip-off at 3:00pm and will be livestreamed on the Basketball England Youtube Channel.

Rockets are scoring tremendous amounts of points in our last 5 games, averaging an incredible 95.6 points. This has been the result of terrific scoring performances from O’Showen Williams (21.8 PPG in the last 5 games), Leome Francis (17.4 PPG in the last 5 games) and new recruit Jaz Bains, who in his first 2 games for the club is averaging 17.0 points off the bench, shooting 9-16 from 3-point range. Alongside this, Coach Keane has adopted to take a fast-tempo offence utilising the pace of guards like Reis Pinnock and Latrell Maitland to play at lightning speed to get easy points before the defence is set, as we average 27.2 Fastbreak points over the last 5 games.

Team Newcastle have surprised a lot people around league with their extraordinary 9-3 record in the NBL division 1 this season. Since being promoted last season they have been more than impressive beating top sides like Thames Valley Cavaliers and Derby Trailblazers. They have lots of youth in their team as well as a plenty of knowledge and experience provided by the Newcastle Eagles and BBL Legend Charles Smith. Smith is the leading scorer for the Newcastle Eagles and is 6-time BBL champion as well as was the 2015 BBL MVP at the age of 38. He is certainly a great person to have as a mentor around a youthful team.

Newcastle has a great supporting cast with their bench averaging 28.7 points per game for their last 3 matches. They will certainly be a tricky outfit for the Rockets to breakdown and to contain with many useful players at their disposal.

Rocket’s guard Reis Pinnock is excited for the upcoming challenge against Newcastle:

“Newcastle have had a great season so far and have established themselves as a top contender team, we are more than ready for the challenge. It’s a game where we will need to make every possession count on both ends of the floor to get the win.”

The Battle in the Paint | Francis V Blain 

Both forwards have been in terrific form this season and have been integral for their sides success. It will be exciting to see these two players go head to head!