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Match Report – NBL & WNBL Quarter Finals

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Loughborough Student Riders83Win
Reading Rockets63Loss

Loughborough Riders 83 v 63 Reading Rockets.

In the Playoff Championship quarter final, despite a good and encouraging first half, Rockets couldn’t contain Riders as they stormed the third period 22-10 thanks in principle to outstanding treble shooting. Riders hit five in this quarter and defended stoutly to take a double digit lead into the final stanza, which they edged  to take their place in the semi-final stage next weekend.

In the 2 league games Rockets had the head to head as each team won their home game but at the semi-final stage of the National Trophy in January, Riders lifted their game to win and go on and take the Cup.  Rockets were quick out of the blocks at the University but A J Carr was a little too enthusiastic as he was called for a pair of fouls inside the opening two minutes of early exchanges, meaning Head Coach Alan Keane had to bring him off court .  Captain Danny Carter ( in what was to be his last ever appearance in a Rockets vest ) worked tirelessly inside, took down rebounds and made key assists whilst Sydney Donaldson again proved the heart of the team seeing  Rockets to a 19-14 advantage at the first break.

The  second quarter was a much lower scoring affair as both defences stayed on top though Riders took the lead for just 50 seconds before the interval before Carter saw Rockets go the locker room 31-30 ahead. The third period was a tough one for Rockets as Riders hit five from beyond the arc compared to just one in the whole of the first 2 periods as they took the quarter 22-10. Carter, Donaldson and Trae Pemberton were the only Rockets scorers as Riders stepped up their already good defence. Despite a David Chive rejection with less than two minutes remaining of the third quarter, Riders stroked a brace of trebles, the last one on the buzzer and giving Riders a big boost and an eleven point lead at 52–41.

A Pemberton effort came back out of the ring at the start of the final quarter before Carr hit his only treble of the afternoon to reduce the deficit.  When Carter went inside to score, Rockets found themselves just seven points down inside two minutes. A very tough call with just one second left on the shot clock proved disappointing and costly for Rockets as Riders were secure from the free throw line and hit a pair of trebles to take a fifteen point lead at 64-49 mid way through the quarter. Carter shone throughout the game but especially in the final period as he worked ferociously to take Rockets to the semi-final stage as he poured in ten personal points, drove hard drawing fouls but Rockets just couldn’t find a way of stopping the rampaging Riders. Adrian O’Sullivan hit two trebles to reduce the deficit to just ten points at 63-73 with two minutes remaining but with Rockets needing to stop the clock to regain possession, Riders were frequent visitors to the penalty stripe from which they only missed one whilst Rockets’ treble efforts were unsuccessful as Riders took the quarter final 83-63 with a 10-0 run.

Top scorers for Rockets were Danny Carter with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists with Sydney Donaldson hitting 14 points and taking down 7 rebounds. Adrian O’Sullivan and A J Carr hit 8 points each with Trae Pemberton and Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo scoring 7 each.

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Date Time League Season
06/04/2019 14:00 NBL Div 1 2018 / 2019
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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Loughborough Student Riders63Win
READING ROCKETS58Loss

In a most unusual Play-off Championship draw both Rockets Men and Ladies found themselves playing Loughborough away on the same day so they travelled together bringing encouragement to each other with Ladies taking the moral win though Riders went to the semi-final stage with a narrow margin of just five points. From a 3-14 deficit Rockets got within five points midway through the final quarter and into the last 1 minute 17 secs but a very contentious refereeing call saw Rockets top scorer being called for an unsportsmanlike foul and having to leave the court. Despite this impact Rockets Ladies tried fervently to take the victory but just one of three treble efforts hit the target and Riders hit three from the free throw line to move into the semi-final stage. Four of Rockets Ladies had scored double figures compared to just the pair from the Riders  professional WBBL team as Rockets fought tirelessly giving a great performance.Riders had made three blocks inside the opening three minutes as Rockets just couldn’t break through the tough defence , finding themselves on the receiving end of a 12-2 Riders run. Rockets captain Maike Delow Fasbender stopped the rot and Noa Sanchez Marques made a pair of steals and finishes before Monica Herranz De Antonio  was secure from the penalty stipe as Rockets returned the 12-2 compliment and the scores levelled on 14 apiece. Five unanswered Riders points saw them enjoy a narrow 19-14 advantage at the end of the period.

Andrea Gomez De La Vara stroked the first of her three trebles and Herranz hit one too to stay close to Riders at 20-26. Sanchez Marques caused Riders into a five second inbound violation as Rockets ramped up the pressure but nothing seemed to be going Rockets way as they found themselves 26-37 down at the interval. Head Coach David Sanchez was expecting a fresh upturn in pressure from Riders and quickly Rockets found themselves 42-28 and then 48-32 in arrears as Riders struck a brace of trebles, one on the buzzer. Nonetheless this Rockets Ladies team wears the badge with pride and great team work and ethics shone through as they recovered to 43-48 moments before the last break though Riders went into the last period 50-43 ahead.

Rockets scored off their first possession to close the gap and then made a pair of stops but Riders stroked a treble. Sanchez Marques scored and Herranz De Antonio made a big rejection as the travelling Rockets fans bellowed their encouragement. Another Gomez De La Vara treble saw Rockets just two scores behind at 53-59 with two minutes remaining and Rockets in the ascendancy and causing this smart Riders team many problems they hadn’t envisaged after their early dominance. Then the decision that fuelled up Rockets through losing their stalwart player as Rockets did their upmost to take the win though losing out narrowly 58-63.

Top scorers for Rockets were Monica Herranz with 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals accompanied by Andrea Gomez with 13 points, Noa Sanchez with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals and Anabel Latorre Ciria with a double double of 10 points and 15 rebounds.

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Date Time League Season
06/04/2019 16:30 WNBL Div 1 2018 / 2019

Match Report – Reading Rockets v Manchester Magic

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Reading Rockets95Win
Manchester Magic85Loss

On captain Danny Carter’s final home game at Rivermead on Sunday afternoon, before retiring after some 18 years’ service to Rockets, he shone brightly as he scored 21 points and made 8 assists. Though Mother’s Day, an appreciative crowd turned up to say a hearfelt thank you to the lionheart of the team for this long period of service .

Carter was in majestic form as he poured in 12 pts., in the opening quarter with A J Carr adding 11 pts. as Rockets took control of the game at 30-16. They added a further 29 pts., in the second period to enjoy a 59-39 lead at the interval with Carter having 19 personal points. 17 yo Academy player Sam Grant hit 7 personal points during this time as Trae Pemberton found his treble range and Sydney Donaldson provided the drive energy.  Tanner Kuehn made a block and scored to see Rockets 23 points up midway through the period though a buzzer beating treble from Magic reduced the deficit to 20pts at 59-39.

The third quarter was highlighted by a huge treble from Adrian O’Sullivan from inside his own half but there was a back court violation so it didn’t count but was a magnificent shot. Rockets were dominant in the paint and scored 19 pts., from turnovers as well as 19 pts., from fast breaks, much to the delight of Rockets supporters.

Magic had opened the scoring but that was the only time they led throughout the contest as Head Coach Alan Keane saw six of his players reach double digit scores. The low scoring third period saw Magic take it 21-14 as Jonathan Barnes continued his impressive contribution for Magic though Rockets still enjoyed a 73-60 advantage going into the final stanza.

This was highlighted by Rockets last signing before the January deadline,  Kuehn stroking three trebles in the last quarter. O’Sullivan wanted to join the party too with Rockets fourth three of the period as they saw out the game 95-85. Coach Keane was pleased to see thirty points from his bench as well as 24 assists and ten steals of which Rockets two big men were the most prominent. Donaldson retrieved a Rockets turn-over with a great interception as Magic fought tirelessly to get close to the hosts but Rockets experience and determination to make this a real day to remember for their retiring captain, saw them take the victory.

Rockets now look forward to the Play-off Championship which starts next weekend with them travelling to Loughborough for the quarter final stage.

Top scorers for Rockets were Danny Carter with 21 pts., 4 rebounds and 8 assists; A J Carr with 19 pts and 9 rebounds; Sydney Donaldson with 13 pts.,6 rebounds and 6 assists together with Tanner Kuehn also scoring  13 pts and 6 rebounds. Adrian O’Sullivan and Trae Pemberton had double digit scores with Pemberton taking down 5 rebounds and having 3 assists.

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Date Time League Season
31/03/2019 17:00 NBL Div 1 2018 / 2019

Venue

Rivermead
24 Richfield Ave, Reading, Reading RG1, UK

Match Report

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Reading Rockets77Loss
Team Newcastle University80Win

Reading Rockets 77 v 80 Team Newcastle

Having been relegated the previous evening, Team Newcastle appear to have lulled Rockets into a false sense of security, a trap they operated successfully.Rockets supporters had packed Rivermead hoping to see the anticipated victory which would virtually assure Rockets of a home draw in the Play-off Championship quarter finals in 2 weeks’ time.  But this was a rude awakening against a side who had nearly won on their own court just a few weeks back when Rockets scrambled an overtime win. For the second evening on the trot Rockets surrendered a double digit lead much to the consternation of all who witnessed Rockets demise.

Perhaps of most concern is that Rockets only shot 12% of their treble efforts against an average of 37%, only 3 in the first half and none in the second half against 10 drained by the opposition…..a difference in itself of 21 points alone. Rockets had begun well as A J Carr again was most impressive with nearly half of Rockets 25 points as Adrian O’Sullivan and Trae Pemberton complimented him with a brace of trebles and 16 yo David Chive threw a length of the court pass to fellow Academy youngster Arinze Emeka -Anyakwo to score. Rockets headed to the first break 25-20 in the lead.

Captain Danny Carter was able to return after missing the previous evenings away game in Loughborough and increased Rockets advantage with an up and under inside basket  before scoring off the glass and sending an assist to O’Sullivan to score. Rockets kept the 5 point advantage for most of the second period , even enjoying a 9 point lead with just over one minute remaining before the interval but a Newcastle rally took them to the interval just 44-47 down.

Having missed on their opening offense from possession at the start of the third quarter, Newcastle hit a treble to tie the game on 47. This was repeated on 49 and 57   but a step back finish from Carter coupled to 6 and 7 point personal hauls from Sydney Donaldson and Trae Pemberton respectively saw Rockets enjoy a 66-60 lead going into the final period.  A pair of Rockets misses either side of a Newcastle treble was soon settled as Carr scored off the rim,  from the free throw line and from the top of the key, so increasing Rockets narrow lead to 9 again  at 72-63 . However a turn over, a steal and another Newcastle treble gave them a 11-0 run despite the efforts of O’Sullivan taking a charge to stop another Newcastle score. Rockets nervousness was there to be seen no doubt with last nights loss from an even better position and the thought of a third consecutive defeat just ahead of the Play-offs. From level on 72 Newcastle drained a treble and scored inside though O’Sullivan hit 1 from 2 from the penalty stripe. A huge Pemberton treble seemed destined to score but it went in and rimmed out much to the frustration of the Rockets supporters. Chive scored to reduce the deficit to just 2 inside the last minute but Newcastle scored again. A might Carr treble effort  came back off the ring and even though Carter saw Rockets close to 3 points adrift of Newcastle, Rockets couldn’t tie the game as they did in Newcastle a few weeks ago and resigned themselves to a loss at 77-80.

Top scorers for Rockets were A J Carr with 20 pts and 7 rebounds, Sydney Donaldson with 13 points and  4 rebounds together with Danny Carter with 12 pts., and 6 rebounds and Trae Pemberton with 10 pts, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

Rockets now finish their league campaign at home next Sun 31st when Danny Carter bids his retirement farewell after some 18 year with the Club only interrupted with a 4 year stint at college in the States.

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Details

Date Time League Season
24/03/2019 17:00 NBL Div 1 2018 / 2019

Venue

Rivermead
24 Richfield Ave, Reading, Reading RG1, UK

Match Report – Hemel Storm v Reading Rockets

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Hemel Storm121Win
Reading Rockets116Loss

In the highest scoring yet competitive game that Rockets has ever been involved with, despite a most valiant effort to take two league victories over Hemel,  Rockets came up a little  short in a cliff hanger In Hemel on Sunday evening.

Despite Storm stroking a treble from their outstanding guard TrayVonn Wright, with their second possession after A J Carr had blocked the first one, captain Danny Carter scored with a hook, Sydney Donaldson scored and made another block disrupting the smooth shooting of Storm’s guards. Rockets enjoyed a 15 point lead at 27-12 before the Storm raged to get back into contention as the first period ended 29-22 to Rockets. Carr had stroked 3 trebles and teenager David Chive a brace.

A treble from Adrian O’Sullivan and a pair of free throws from Carter enabled Rockets to keep a double digit lead before Strom had 6 unanswered points. A Carr treble and a 3 point play from Donaldson saw Rockets 40-30 ahead early in the second quarter before a barrage of Hemel trebles brought the scores level on 48 each in an excellent game for the sport and for both sets of supporters though one official was maybe a little zealous as he handed Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo his second unsportsmanlike foul so he had to leave the arena. This was a  major blow for Rockets as 19 yo Emeka-Anyakwo had his best Rockets game just 6 days before. This seemed to disrupt Rockets concentration as they made a number of turn-overs giving Storm the advantage at the interval 56-53. Storm had scored 13 points from turnovers compared to Rockets nil….surely a subject for the changing room for Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane.

Hemel scored first after the break but Rockets six senior players soon brought the scores level on 58 and 60. However some clinical shooting from Storm edged them ahead again despite Trae Pemberton now being less shackled than he had been in the first half, making meaningful scores, assists and rebounds. Tanner Kuehn hit a treble to cut Rockets deficit to 72-78 before Storm lost a player too, Will Ashby with a pair of unsportsmanlike fouls whilst they held a 9 point lead. O’Sullivan was secure from the line, Carr spun to score and Pemberton scored with a floater to get within 3 points of Storm before they made the last score to stay 85-80 ahead at the end of the third period.

Carr made a slam in between a brace of ‘and 1’s’ for Storm who found themselves 92-82 up within 90 seconds of the re-start. This final quarter saw 8 trebles drained by the teams together with 3 other 3 point plays as the final shootout was raising the roof on the Hemel Leisure Centre . Despite being 13 points adrift with 2 mins 26 remaining, Rockets powered up again, as O’Sullivan and Pemberton stroked trebles to see Rockets at 111-115 with a 8-0 run with 24.8 secs left. Rockets were needing to foul to regain possession but Storm were absolute from the free throw line with 31 from 36 compared to Rockets just 11 from 15.

Pemberton hit 3 from 3 from the penalty stripe as Rockets went within 3 points with 17 secs on the clock. Again Storm hit both free throws but O’sullivan scored to keep the contest very much alive with 8.1 secs to go and Rockets within a score of tying the game. Storm kept their nerves and hit the final 2 free throws to get the win at 121-116.

This was very much a team performance with each player making major contributions though the top scorers were Trae Pemberton and Adrian O’Sullivan with 21 pts., apiece , A J Carr with 20 pts., with Danny Carter and Sydney Donaldson having 17 pts., each though Donaldson was also attributed with a double double having taken down 10 rebounds too. 17 yo David Chive again scored double figures with 11 pts and Tanner Kuehn hitting 9 pts.

 

 

Details

Date Time League Season
17/03/2019 17:00 NBL Div 1 2018 / 2019

Venue

Sportspace
Heath Ln, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP1, UK

Match Reports – Weekend 9-10th March

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TeamScoreOutcome
Reading Rockets70Win
Thames Valley Cavaliers67Loss

With Rivermead unavailable Rockets played this game at their training and academy venue, The John Madejski Academy.  Two of the young Academy students played major roles in this vital win that sees Rockets up to 5th place in the league, as 16 yo David Chive made a steal with just 4.6 secs remaining and then hit both free throws in an ice cool manner to see Rockets secure the game. Arinze Emeka Anyakwo had his best game at this level by far as he knew before tip that captain Danny Carter was side-lined with his ongoing back strain so put in the performance of his Senior season as he top scored with 22 points and was a major trouble to Cavaliers from tip to buzzer.

With both teams playing the night before and not getting back till the early hours of Sunday, both Head Coaches would have been conscious of tiredness and concentration maybe creeping in as the game progressed but neither had any such worries as the game was extremely tight from tip to the last play which quarter differences of just 1, 2, 1 and 3 show. The opening 10 points were shared as Emeka Anyakwo hit 5 of them before A J Carr stroked a big treble and added 6 personal points but having had a 17-9 lead Rockets had a 13-4 reversal to be adrift 21-22 at the end of the quarter.

Period 2 began with the lead being swapped by virtually each offense. Sydney Donaldson and Trae Pemberton stroked trebles as the game hotted up and Tanner Kuehn was secure from the penalty stripe. A Cavaliers tip in with the last play saw Rockets ahead but just by 40-38.

Some strong defence helped Rockets to extend their advantage at the start of the third period whilst Pemberton and Chive were on the money beyond the arc. Within 4 minutes of the re-start Rockets enjoyed their best lead of double figures at 50-40  but Cavaliers hit back with a 15-5 run to draw level on 55 apiece before Donaldson hit a free throw to see Rockets go into the final stanza with a single point lead of 56-55.

Cavaliers took the early lead before Donaldson struck a treble but the game was soon tied on 59. A Cavaliers treble, one of just 2 successful ones during the whole game for them,  edged them ahead and with 2 minutes 20 sec to go Rockets were 3 down.  An assist from Carr to Emeka-Anyakwo saw him draw Rockets level on 66 with a key treble. Carr scored inside with 1.06 left but Cavaliers had possession. Rockets stopped them scoring and then and having had a shot rim out, Rockets needed another stop. And how they did it as 16 yo Chive made a steal and held on to the ball as he was fouled. With huge confidence the youngster hit both free throws to give Rockets a virtually unassailable 4 point advantage with just 1.9 secs on the clock. Cavaliers hit a single point but the sweet victory belonged to Rockets 70-67 and a rise of 2 places up the league table to 5th with just 4 games remaining, the final 2 being at Rivermead  on 24th and 31st March.

Top scorers for Rockets were Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo with 22 pts and 6 rebounds ably assisted by A J Carr with 16 pts and 7 rebounds coupled to 4 assists and 3 steals. Trae Pemberton had recovered enough to score 15 pts, take down 7 rebounds and make 3 assists with Sydney Donaldson nearly having a double double with 8 pts and 10 rebounds.

  

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Details

Date Time League Season
10/03/2019 18:00 NBL Div 1 2018 / 2019

Venue

John Madejski Academy
112-118 Hartland Rd, Reading, Reading RG2, UK
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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Barking Abbey Crusaders95Win
Reading Rockets84Loss

Head Coach Alan Keane travelled to Kent in the knowledge that all his squad were fit for the first time since early season and ready for the March madness of league games as Rockets vie for a play-off spot. However an early injury to American shooting guard , Trae Pemberton scuppered Keane’s plans and put extra pressure against the very fast and furious Barking team. Keane was pleased to see Sam Grant shirted up again and gave him plenty of court time as he re-introduced the 16 yo to Senior basketball.

The long journey to Canterbury, most in darkness, was not helped when the tip was delayed until 8.50 pm, yes 8.50 pm.  The opening two minutes saw nobody troubling the scoreboard but then Barking stroked the first of their trebles before teenager David Chive saw Rockets first points go on the board. Captain Danny Carter was playing well at both ends leading by example whilst A J Carr caused trouble for Barking with his inside presence which he coupled to hitting his first treble. Sydney Donaldson took an assist off Chive to give Rockets a four point advantage but a 6-0 Barking finish edged them ahead 20-18 at the first break.

Adrian O’Sullivan drove to score but went over on his ankle and Rockets supporters and bench looked as he limped away, knowing he’s just come back from a month out of the team. What a relief when after a couple of minutes he was running quite freely . Carter was again dominant inside, influential on the boards and made a big rejection to stop Barking. The game was again tied on 30 points each but a brace of trebles and secure from the free throw line saw Barking head to the locker room with an extended advantage of 44-38.

A ten point personal haul by O’Sullivan including a pair of trebles kept Barking honest and Rockets in the game whilst Carter drove and scored with a reverse lay-up, hit a down town treble and gave an assist to Grant to score his first points after the 4 week lay-off. A buzzer beating treble from Donaldsonwas one of the highlights of some excellent Rockets team play as with four minutes of the third period remaining Rockets trailed by a single point at 58-59with a 14-5 run having been eleven behind at 43-54. A 10-4 Barking run at the end of the quarter aided by four from the line and a three point final play saw Rockets adrift 62-69 as the final quarter beckoned.  

Either side of the end of the last period and beginning of this one, Rockets couldn’t buy a bucket as the ball just wouldn’t drop and after a 7-0 Barking run Rockets found themselves fourteen points down at 62-76. Despite Donaldson being called for his fifth and excluding foul, Rockets fought with four trebles from O’Sullivan, Carter and a brace from Carr but their efforts ended in vain as Barling took the win 95-84.

Tops corers for Rockets were A J Carr with 24 points, Danny Carter with 19 pts and Adrian O’Sullivan with 17 pts.

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Date Time League Season
09/03/2019 20:30 NBL Div 1 2018 / 2019