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Rockets begin home campaign with visit of Riders

Reading Rockets (1-1) will begin their NBL Division One home campaign this Sunday afternoon when they entertain Loughborough Riders (2-0) at Rivermead Leisure Complex, 5pm tip-off. Rockets recorded their first win of the regular season last weekend as they came from behind to beat one of this years play-off contenders Thames Valley Cavaliers by 108 points to 93. Sunday’s visitors to Reading, Loughborough Riders began their season last weekend recording two wins beating Essex and Herts Leopards 94-66 before beating Nottingham Hoods 81-71 the following day to remain one of five teams with a 100% record in the division.

Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane was pleased to see his team record their first victory of the season but it’s already preparing for a tough test this weekend at home to Loughborough Riders. The Reading play-caller said,

“I am really pleased with last weekend’s victory over Thames Valley Cavaliers who provided us with a lot of problems to solve and what was positive for us was we were able to find those answers based on the commitment we showed and being relentless against a tough opponent.”

“Having AJ Carr back with us made a difference but what pleased me the most was the group remained disciplined and to task throughout the forty minutes despite some defensive lapses which we will address this week.”

“On Sunday we welcome Loughborough to Reading and this promises to be another tough test. Coach Jarram has done an excellent job in his time there but early season games are always difficult to prepare for as opposition trends haven’t emerged. However we do know Loughborough who are 2-0, will have built confidence off of that start. Their strength lays in their depth of talent and every player off their bench is capable to have a huge impact on the game. We are really looking forward to this encounter and can’t wait to be in front of our home fans for the first time this season.”

Rockets go into Sunday’s clash with no new injury concerns but will be hoping that 18 year-old David Chive is fit to return to action after missing the Berkshire outfits opening two games. The 6 foot point guard has been promoted to the first team this season alongside Sam Grant but has yet to feature for Coach Keane’s side this term.

The last time the two teams met was in the 2018-2019 play-off quarter finals when third seed Loughborough overcame the sixth seed Reading winning 83-63 to end the Rockets’ season. Coach Keane will be going up against his Assistant Coach for the Great Britain Under 18 Men for the first time this season as both teams look to keep up the base in the top half of the NBL Division One table.

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Rockets looking to bounce back from opening day defeat

Reading Rockets (0-1) will be looking to make amends for their narrow defeat on the first day of the regular season when they make the short journey to Uxbridge on Saturday afternoon to take on Thames Valley Cavaliers (1-0) in their second NBL Division One game. Rockets lost out to Westminster Warriors in a close, hard fought battle last weekend going down 87-84 whilst this weekend’s opponents secured an 82-78 victory over Bradford Dragons behind 29 points from Martelle McLemore.

Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane was naturally disappointed to see his team defeated in their opening NBL Division One game but feels a lot will be learnt by his young squad ahead of this weekend’s trip to Thames Valley Cavaliers. The Irishman said,

“Last weekend’s performance was not the way we wanted to start the season but it has given us a great amount of learning ahead of this weekend’s game at Thames Valley. Westminster showed their experience and competitiveness and with our behaviours not aligned with where we wanted them to be, we unfortunately suffered what some might say as an unexpected defeat.”

“We will learn and move on from this and with having a young, enthusiastic group it will be relatively straightforward for us to re-align but we must make sure we do this with energy and discipline to give a true reflection of ourselves.”

“We are looking forward to this Saturday’s game against one of the leading teams in the division and it will be a really good test for us after last weekend’s disappointment.”

Rockets go in to Saturday’s match-up with no injury concerns but should have David Chive and Sam Grant back in action after both missed out on last weekend’s loss to Westminster Warriors. New signing AJ Carr is due to meet up with with his teammates this week and should be available for Coach Alan Keane this weekend after receiving his visa over the weekend. A big boost for the Berkshire outfit as they look to chalk up their first win of the campaign away to a team they hd three successes against last season.

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Match report – Westminster Warriors v Reading Rockets

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Westminster Warriors87Win
Reading Rockets84Loss

In a tight fought opening game away to newly promoted Westminster, Rockets missed opportunities in the last 21.6 seconds to secure victory as from a single point lead at 84-83 , Warriors drove to score and then hit a pair of free throws to win the game.

After Warriors opened the score returnee Ed Potter sent an assist to Bristol Flyers loanee Liam Davis to secure his first Rockets points with a slam dunk, something he repeated 3 times in the first quarter as he totalled 8 personal points. The titanic affair saw the teams level on 10 points each before Australian Ben Dixon sent a superb pass to Spaniard Pau Major to open his account and see Rockets 15-10 ahead. However a 13-4 run by Warriors had them go into the first break leading 23-19.

A Davis treble and hook reduced the deficit but Warriors replied with a treble. A technical foul called on Nick Richards appeared an officious action but Davis and Dixon scored to see Rockets down by just 32-33. A Matias Boho treble followed a pair of Warriors free throws to tie the game on 35. Potter took a charge to stop a Warriors score but they still extended their lead to 42-36 just 3 minutes before the interval. An exchange of trebles by both teams kept Rockets at bay before Major hit a treble quickly followed by a drive score to see Rockets trail 47-49 at the interval.

A Dixon drive score and great floor hustle upped the Rockets tempo at the start of the third quarter and soon saw the scores level on 51 and 53 but Richards was called for a second technical foul and had to leave the arena just under 4 minutes into this crucial period. Head Coach Alan Keane now had to give more court time o the inexperienced Academy guys and play the new signings more than he initially hoped. He needn’t have worried as Asher Ndah scored to see Rockets take a slender single point lead at 56-55 but a brace of Warriors trebles and a successful conversion of another free throw saw Rockets trail 58-64. With just over a minute of the quarter remaining. Up stepped James Jolly to hit a free throw and Davis hit 4 unanswered points including a buzzer beating spin score to see Rockets only 63-64 adrift as the final period beckoned.

The fast and sound offensive play by Rockets off Warriors early possession surprised Warriors who gave away 3 very quick fouls though they still managed to increase their lead to 70-65. Rockets needed some inspiration and the tenacious Potter fought hard in the key and received 3 assists to score 6 quick points coupled to an offensive rebound free throw . When Dixon made an interception to stop a certain Warriors score, the Rockets supporters and bench were encouraged and soon levelled the game on 72 , 75 and then 77 points with a little over 3 minutes on the clock. A Davis assist to Major saw Rockets edge ahead again 79-78 and keep that slender lead at 81-80 before a Warriors treble with 45.7 seconds gave them a 2 point advantage at 83-81. Coach Keane time out saw Boho fouled and he hit one from two from the line before another Dixon steal edged Rockets ahead 84-83 with 21.6 seconds left but Warriors were not to be denied a winning return to Div.1 as they hit the final 3 points to take the victory.

It had been a titanic battle from tip to buzzer and Rockets will be pleased to see the return of the 2 influential Academy players David Chive and Sam Grant together with the arrival of last season’s Player of the Year A J Carr as his visa has now arrived and he arrives mid-week.

Top scorers for Rockets were Liam Davis with 27 pts, Pau Major and Matias Boho Sayo with 14 pts each and Ed Potter with 12 pts.

Details

Date Time League Season
28/09/2019 17:30 NBL Div 1 2019 / 2020

Venue

Moberly Sports & Edcucation Centre
84 Kilburn Ln, London W10 4AH, UK

Rockets re-sign AJ Carr

Reading Rockets have re-signed American forward AJ Carr for the 2019-2020 season. The 24-year-old, who originally hails from Fairfax, Virginia, becomes the eighth signing after the departureRockets re-sign AJ Carrof Match Burnham for personal reasons.

Carr, a graduate of Saint James School in Maryland, went onto play for Shepherd University in West Virginia for four years, totalling 85 competitive games since 2014 before joining the Berkshire outfit last term. In his first season with the Rockets, Carr averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds
Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane is very pleased to be bringing one of his main players from last season back to the club for this term and knows the quality Carr can bring to the group. He said,

“With a relatively new team it will be great to have a returning player among the mix. AJ brings experience of playing in the league, an understanding of what we are about and how we want to play and more importantly mentorship and leadership for our young academy players within the squad.”

Carr himself can’t wait to get back to England and link up with Coach Keane and his new teammates and ahead of his arrival back to Reading the 6’6 forward said,

“I’m very excited to be rejoining the Rockets team and community this season. I really enjoyed my time in Reading last season and when Coach Keane called to say an opportunity had come up, I was really excited. I am looking forward to driving back to Reading and I feel big things are coming! #ReadyToRock”

 

Rockets complete roster with loan signing of Liam Davis from BBL outfit Bristol Flyers

Reading Rockets have completed their seventh senior signing ahead of the 2019-2020 campaign with the loan signing of 6’9 forward Liam Davis from BBL Championship side Bristol Flyers. The 23-year-old American who holds a British passport will join the Berkshire outfit on a season long loan following a successful four-year spell at Bethany College in NCAA Division Three and most recently at Ben-e-lot in Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe.

Davis averaged 13.1 points, 7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in his senior year at Bethany, helping the Bisons to the PAC tournament finals, whilst also earning All-PAC second team honours. The versatile forward put pen to paper with the Flyers earlier this week and their Coach Andreas Kapoulas was really pleased to acquire the 23-year-old. The Bristol play-caller said,

“Signing Liam shows our vision and commitment to building a programme with a long-term sustainable approach. He is a young promising player who we believe can develop to a very good player in the BBL. It’s not something that you usually see in our league, but I felt it was important to invest in him and work with him on a two-year plan.”

“It’s an exciting project and it’s great to be working in partnership with Reading Rockets, who are another forward-thinking club with vision and commitment to developing players. NBL Division one is a strong pathway for young players, and we are looking forward to following Liam’s progress this season.”

Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane was delighted to bolster his front court with the loan signing of Davis and is really excited to work with the 6’9 forward as well as grow the relationship with the Bristol Flyers. The Irishman said,

“We are very excited about this unique partnership with the BBL’s Bristol Flyers with regards to bringing Liam Davis on board. Coach Andreas Kapoulas deserves a lot of credit for getting the ball rolling on this. It could be seen as an exciting bridge linking the BBL and NBL clubs in a very positive way.”

“Liam fits exactly what we need to finalise an exciting Rockets line up this coming season. Liam’s skill set as a big will give us another dimension at both ends of the floor.”

Davis himself is thrilled to be coming to England and really likes the project in place for him over the next two years. The former Bethany Bison said,

“I’m really excited, I spoke to Coach Kapoulas and he told me about the two-year plan that he wanted to put me on,” said Davis.

“He said that I’m going to be the first player that the organisation has ever signed on a two-year deal, so it’s a promising sign that he’s invested in my future and he wants me to improve my game at Reading this season.”