Tag: #2017-2018

Rockets travel away to face Derby Trailblazers

This Saturday the D1 Men’s team will be travelling North on a luxury 53 seater coach to continue the 2017/18 campaign facing Derby Trailblazers.

There are currently spaces available on the coach for supporters who may wish to travel with the team to and from the game.
The coach will be leaving Reading at approx 2PM Saturday 18th November, departing JMA school, Hartland Road entrance.

If you would like the opportunity to travel with the team– the price is £20.00 per person (this does not include tickets to the game these will need to be purchased upon arrival to the venue)
To book your seats please contact the office via email: Admin@readingrockets.co.uk, alternatively please call the basketball hotline on 0118 9263 040

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Rockets on the road for league and cup double header

Reading Rockets (4-1) will take to the road this weekend when they firstly head to the East Midlands to take on Derby Trailblazers (2-3) in NBL Division One on Saturday evening (7.15pm tip-off) before making the short trip from Reading to Southampton to play rivals Solent Kestrels (4-2) on Sunday afternoon (3pm tip-off) in the National Cup quarter-final. Rockets bounced back from their defeat to Manchester Magic the previous weekend with an impressive 95-74 victory over Bradford Dragons last Sunday to keep up the pace at the top of NBL Division One as they face a tough double header weekend.

Saturday evening’s opponents, Derby Trailblazers narrowly lost out to Sunday’s opposition Solent Kestrels by 75 points to 73 last weekend and in all five of their NBL Division One games the win/loss gap has been no higher than 9 points. Solent Kestrels will also provide a difficult test for the Berkshire outfit having already beaten them in the National Trophy earlier this season by 93 points to 78. Both teams overcame lower division opposition on their way to the last eight of the National Cup competition with the Reading team defeating a spirited BC Medelynas London by 93 points to 77 and a convincing 124-44 win against Cardiff City whilst Sunday hosts gained comfortable wins over Barking Abbey Crusaders (102-45) and Westminster Warriors (86-67).

Rockets Head Coach Manuel Peña Garcés was happy to see his team bounce back from the defeat to Manchester Magic but knows this weekend’s double header will be another stern test for his side. The Reading play-caller said,

I was pleased with our performance against Bradford in many parts of the game and that enabled us to get back to winning ways. In other parts of the game it highlighted the need for us to continue to work in areas of the game we need to be better in and this is what we will continue to do this week and across the season. Our focus remains at the defensive end and making sure we are not allowing teams to get comfortable playing against us.

This weekend will be another great test for us. Derby is always a tough place to go and although they are still building for their season they pose some threats we must negate if we are to go there and win. I like what Coach Matt (Shaw, Derby Trailblazers Head Coach) has done over the years with his teams and we will be working hard to better ourselves to give us a chance to perform well against a good, organised unit.

After Saturday’s game is when we will then turn our attention to Sunday’s knockout game against Solent. For us, they have been a tricky team to play against but the experience we do have is one of learning and how we must be better against a strong group who have started the season very well. We know the areas we want to focus on for this game so when we have navigated this week and Saturday’s game, I feel we will be ready for a tough battle!

Rockets go into this weekend’s league and cup double header with no new injury concerns with Coach Manuel Peña Garcés having a full roster to select from including Under 18 duo Iñigo Perez Baena and Adrian Nosa Castillo who missed last Sunday’s win over Bradford Dragons due to an Under 18 game. Division Four regular Charles Acquah-Davis has been a part of the roster in the previous few weeks as cover but looks set to retain his place in Reading’s top team as they look to remain in the top four of NBL Division One and reach the final four of the National Cup.

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Rockets looking to bounce back after first defeat of the regular season

Reading Rockets (3-1) will be looking to return to winning ways this weekend when they host Bradford Dragons (2-1) on Sunday afternoon returning to their home venue, Rivermead Leisure Complex (5pm tip-off). Rockets lost out for the first time during this campaign as they were defeated by rivals Manchester Magic (3-1) by 93 points to 88 last Saturday evening to leave themselves as one of seven teams with a single loss in the first five weeks of the league season. Sunday’s opponents also have one loss to their name having been defeated by the leagues new-boys Kent Crusaders by 82 points to 76, but the West Yorkshire outfit has picked up wins against Loughborough Student Riders (80-77) and most recently Leicester Warriors (104-70) to keep them in the mix early on in the 2017-18 season.

In speaking ahead of his teams game against Bradford Dragons as well as reflecting on last Saturday’s defeat to Manchester Magic, Head Coach Manuel Peña Garcés remained in a positive mood but knows there is a lot of work for his team to do, especially at the defensive end of the floor. The Reading play-caller said,

Whilst there were a lot of positives to take from Saturday’s game against Manchester, our focus needs to be on two key areas; firstly, missing 14 free throws is unacceptable for us so we have to be better in this area, and secondly, we cannot give up the number of points we are if we are to consistently win games, so work on the defence end is going to be really important and where are focus needs to be. We will undoubtedly improve but as a reflection for this game, these are the specific areas we need to work on moving forward.”

This weekend we take on Bradford who are always tough to play against. Year in year out Coach Chris (Mellor, Bradford Dragons Head Coach) does a great job in maximising the talent he has on the floor and gets his team to be competitive and difficult to beat and we know this season will be no different. They have good, young talent at multiple spots and will definitely be a handful but this is a perfect opportunity for us to take the next step and show an improved performance against one of the more established teams in the division.

Rockets will go into Sunday’s match-up with Bradford having split games with their visitors last season. The Berkshire outfit were defeated away from home last year 102-96 before winning their home fixture 108-85. The Reading team also has no current injury concerns and will be hoping that captain Danny Carter will get another full week of training under his belt as he returns to match fitness. The Berkshire side will also welcome back Under 19 forward Alex Drincic and Under 18 duo Adrian Nosa Castillo and Iñigo Perez Baena as they look to make it three wins out of four and continue to start the season in good form.

Follow the Rockets on social media; Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – @rocketsreading or check out the club’s website – www.readingrockets.co.uk

Rockets face tough trip to the North West

Reading Rockets (3-0) will take their unbeaten start to the NBL Division One campaign to the north west on Saturday evening (6.30pm tip-off) when rivals Manchester Magic (2-1) will play hosts to the Berkshire outfit in both teams fourth game of the regular season. Rockets have started their league campaign in steady fashion picking up wins against Team Newcastle, Hemel Storm, and most recently Worthing Thunder when they ran out winners by 92 points to 83. Saturday’s home team has recorded wins over Kent Crusaders and Leicester Warriors but suffered their first defeat at the hands of Solent Kestrels two weeks ago, going down 91-82 in Southampton.

Rockets Head Coach Manuel Peña Garcés was pleased his team recorded another league win despite a huge final quarter by visitors Worthing Thunder on Saturday evening but believes his team bounced back in style the following day against Cardiff City when they won 124-44 in the fourth round of the National Cup and have learnt from both games heading into Saturday’s early crucial match-up against Manchester Magic. The Spaniard said,

We played an excellent three quarters against Worthing and then seemed to struggle in the fourth quarter, one which we have already reviewed and moved forward from as conceding 40 points in one quarter at any level is unacceptable. I was pleased we won the game and then responded the following day in the National Cup. Now we must transfer the good things we are doing into Saturday’s game against Manchester and prepare thoroughly for a tough game.

Manchester has done a great job over the past few years. They remain the team to beat in my opinion because of their history in this league and also the talented roster and coaching staff they have. They possess talent at each spot and Coach Paul (Middleton) has done a great job with his teams in getting them to maximise this. We expect a very tough game but it’s one we feel that has come at a good time as it will be a test for both organisations to see where they are at at this point in season and hopefully another great advert for NBL Division One basketball.

Rockets go into Saturday’s game with positive news from last weekend. After four weeks on the sideline, Captain Danny Carter made his return to action and came through the double header weekend with no immediate issues with the hip/groin injury that had kept him out of action. New-boy Edd Potter continued to impress after making the step-up from Division Four whilst the Berkshire outfit has also added Brunel University’s Charles Acquah-Davis to beef up the roster, especially with the absence of Under 18s Iñigo Perez Baena and Adrian Nosa Castillo as well as Under 19 Alex Drincic who will all be absent from this weekend’s trip to Manchester as along with Assistant Coach Alan Keane, they will be finishing their Erasmus tour of Spain the following day.

Having lost by only four points on their last visit to the Amaechi Basketball Centre, the Berkshire outfit will be looking to keep their unbeaten start alive after their opening four games in NBL Division One. Follow the Rockets on social media; Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – @rocketsreading or check out the club’s website – www.readingrockets.co.uk

Rockets Away to Manchester Magic

This Saturday the D1 Men’s team will be travelling on a luxury 53 seater coach for this very important game v Manchester Magic, there are currently spaces available on the coach for supporters to travel with the team to and from the game.

The coach will be leaving Reading at approx 11 am Saturday 4th November

If you would like the opportunity to travel with the team– the price is £20.00 per person (this does not include tickets to the game these will need to be purchased on arrival to the venue)

To book your seats please contact the office on Admin@readingrockets.co.uk, alternatively please call the basketball hotline on 0118 9263 040