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Rockets looking to make it back to back wins with trip to Newcastle

Reading Rockets (10-7) will be looking to make it two wins on the bounce on Saturday afternoon when they make the long trip North to face Team Newcastle (5-12), 3pm tip-off. The Rockets put an end to their three game losing streak last weekend when they comfortably defeated Bradford Dragons 100-60 to get back to winning ways.

Saturday’s match-up will be the first between the two teams this season with last year’s series split. Rockets won their opening game of 2017-18 with a 72 -68 away win before Team Newcastle won in Reading -67-63. Despite both teams being at different ends of the table, the Berkshire outfit will endure their longest trip of the campaign having only won one out of the last four whilst Saturday’s hosts are struggling for form only winning one in their last nine outings.

Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane was pleased with his team’s defensive display last weekend and expects further progression this week ahead of Saturday’s trip to Newcastle. The Irishman said,

“Having not played Newcastle yet this year it is somewhat unknown territory and they have definitely had a interesting season so far. They have shown they can beat the best teams in the league one week and come out on the wrong end against weaker teams. It is really unpredictable what we will face, however we will control the controllables and that is our defence and commitment to playing our style of game.”

Rockets go into Saturday’s game with better injury news. Point guard Adrian O’Sullivan got some valuable minutes under his belt in last Sunday’s win against Bradford and looks set to feature again for this weekend’s match-up. Captain Danny Carter showed no adverse reactions to his back injection and is hopeful to now be able to manage his back complaint through to the end of the season. With Under 18 Sam Grant approximately 7-10 days away from returning to training, Coach Alan Keane will have a near fully fit roster to chose from for the first time in 8 weeks as his team look to put their current woes behind them and push on to secure a play-off spot and possibly a top four finish.

Rockets looking to slay Dragons on the back of three game losing streak

Reading Rockets (9-7) will be looking to put their three game losing streak behind them this weekend when they take on Bradford Dragons (6-10) on Sunday afternoon, 5pm tip-off at Rivermead Leisure Centre. Rockets succumbed to defeat last time out, suffering a 93-78 loss at the hands of Essex Leopards (10-8) who leapfrogged the Berkshire outfit in the NBL Division One table with the Reading team slipping to seventh with 10 regular season games remaining.

Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane was disappointed to see his team give up 90+ points for a third consecutive game and highlights that the defensive end is key for the group moving forward. He said,

“Sunday’s loss to Essex was a disappointing result and outcome for us but there were moments of really positive play from and we will take those moments and try to build on them and move forward accordingly. The key thing for us is everyone needs to be accountable to defence and that’s starts with on ball defence and defending the ball together, this is our urgent focus this week and we will look to make steps with this ahead of the visit of a good Bradford team this weekend.”

Sunday’s meeting will be the second time to two teams have competed this season with the Rockets earning a hard fought victory in Bradford by 95 points to 89 in the reverse fixture. The Reading team won the series last season, beating the Dragons at home 95-74 in league play but losing out in the away fixture 82-67 before securing an 89-78 win the play-off quarter-finals. Sunday’s visitors to Reading are on a difficult run themselves having lost their last five games so something will have to give this weekend between the two sides.

Rockets go into Sunday’s clash hoping that point guard Adrian O’Sullivan will be able to play some part in this weekend’s match-up. The 25 year old has been out for four weeks with an ankle injury but has begun light training and may be available for Sunday’s game. 16 year old Sam Grant will however remained sidelined but an x-ray revealed no fracture in his injured ankle so the 6’7 forward should return to the fold in a few weeks time.

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Preview: Rockets looking to bounce back from Trophy semi-final defeat

Reading Rockets (9-5) will be looking to make amends for their National Trophy exit at the hands of Loughborough Riders last weekend when they face Leicester Warriors (5-11) at home on Saturday. The Rockets were soundly beaten in their semi-final game as the reigning National Cup champions secured their place in their second final of the season defeating the Reading outfit 66-91 at the John Madejski Academy.

Rockets secured an away win at Leicester (96-82) late last year and will be hoping for a full house at Rivermead this Saturday afternoon. Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane was disappointed to see his team comfortably defeated but knows his team must bounce back and be ready for a physical contest this weekend. He said: “This weekend we welcome a talented Leicester side to Reading who have shown good form of late and have a deep, talented roster, so we are expecting a tough test. We envisage a physical game, especially on the boards and in the paint, an area we have shown strength in however this could be negated by the Leicester side, so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top as we look to bounce back. We will continue to try and play our style of game and impose ourselves especially at the defensive end which will in turn fuel our offence.”

Rockets head into this weekend with a couple of injury concerns. Point guard Adrian O’Sullivan has been sidelined over the last three weeks with an ankle sprain and looks set to remain out of action until next week at the earliest. Under 18 Sam Grant who has been in a rich vein of form of late joins O’Sullivan on the treatment table after injuring his ankle in an Under 18 game last weekend and looks set for a spell on the sidelines. Better news for captain Danny Carter as he made it through last weekend’s defeat to Loughborough without any further back complications with Ronan O’Sullivan now fully fit and available for selection for the Berkshire club.

New signing Tanner Kuehn will make his NBL Division One debut after featuring in last weekend’s National Trophy semi-final. The 22 year old most recently played in NCAA Division Two for Purdue Northwest and joins the Reading team before the transfer deadline on January 31st.

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Rockets to take on National Cup champions in Trophy semi-final

Reading Rockets will play for a place in the National Trophy final this weekend when they take on the new National Cup champions Loughborough Riders on Sunday afternoon in Reading. Due to venue issues, the game will have to be played at the club’s training facility, the John Madejski Academy due to Rivermead being unavailable once again (5pm tip-off). This has limited capacity so if you want to ensure of a ticket contact the Basketball Hotline today 0118 926-3040 or email tickets@readingrockets.co.uk

Rockets topped their National Trophy pool after securing wins over Thames Valley Cavaliers and Hemel Storm whilst the Riders were victorious over Leicester Warriors and Nottingham Wildcats to reach the last four. The East Midlands outfit will be buoyed by their National Cup triumph last weekend as they beat current NBL Division One league leaders Team Solent Kestrels by 82 points to 63.

Reading Head Coach Alan Keane is looking forward to this weekend’s semi-final match up but knows it will be a tough game especially with Loughborough riding the wave of their National Cup win. The Rockets play-caller said,

“Loughborough really showed their true class during Sunday’s final so they will be a tough opponent for us this weekend. I had a good chance to look at them so I am hoping with great preparation as well as committing to everything we have been doing, we can be ready to compete with them for forty minutes.

“We have been making steady progressions this season and I like where we are at right now because there is a lot more to come from the group and there really isn’t any barriers stopping us this weekend so I am really looking forward to seeing what we can do against the Riders on Sunday.”

Rockets will be looking to reach their seventh National Trophy final in their 21 year history for a chance to win a record sixth title in the prestigious competition. On the injury front, the Reading outfit go into the game with some better injury news. Irishman Ronan O’Sullivan who has been out of action with a long term wrist injury looks set to return and will provide Coach Keane with some much needed depth. Captain Danny Carter has benefited from a week off and should return to the line-up but will continue to nurse a long standing back issue. With Rockets Under 18s in action the day before, the Berkshire outfit should have a fully fit team as they pursue their first final since the 2015-2016 season.

Rockets to face first double header of the year after taking opening win of 2019

Reading Rockets (8-4) will look to continue their unbeaten start to 2019 when they travel to the East Midlands on Saturday evening to take on the Derby Trailblazers (7-6) (7.15pm tip-off) before entertaining second-placed Worthing Thunder (10-3) on Sunday afternoon at Rivermead Leisure Complex (5pm tip-off).

Rockets were victorious in their first outing of the New Year as they recorded a hard fought, coming from behind, win over basement team Manchester Magic 98-87. The Berkshire outfit will play both opponents for the second time in regular season play however were on the wrong side of both scorelines in previous encounters as the Trailblazers took an invaluable 94-84 win away from Reading at the beginning of October whilst the Thunder recorded an 86-79 victory on the south coast the following week as the Reading team started their NBL Division One campaign 0-2.

Head Coach Alan Keane was pleased to get back to winning ways after the turn of the year but knows how important it is to now focus on this weekend’s two match-ups. He said,

“Travelling to Derby is always tough. They are a very talented team with a lot of scoring power especially inside from Malcolm Smith. Double header weekends have been difficult for us as we are a very young team with many junior players. However we are growing week to week. Therefore this double header weekend will be another great opportunity to continue the growing process. Worthing come to us Sunday in flying form and a lot of veteran players, with any one of them capable to score 30 points. We will have a great week of preparation and look forward to the challenge that lies ahead.”

Rockets go into this weekend’s double header with the knowledge they have also qualified for the semi-finals of the National Trophy thanks to Hemel Storm overcoming Essex Leopards last Sunday. The Berkshire club have also won eight out of the last ten Division One games and will be keen to make a statement this weekend against two play-off contenders.

Captain Danny Carter remains the only injury concern for the Reading team with his on-going back issues and is listed as day to day by the Rockets physiotherapy team. 16 year old Academy star Sam Grant made a huge impact in last Saturday’s win away at Manchester and Coach Keane will look to his academy players once more as the Berkshire outfit look to continue their surge up the Division One table.