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Match Report – Reading Rockets v Leicester Warriors

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Reading Rockets82Win
Leicester Warriors67Loss

With Rivermead not available Rockets played in the confines of the John Madejski Academy sports hall though with loud and dedicated supporters.

Rockets recorded their sixth win on the trot as they overcome a strong and talented Warriors team after the game was level at 41 each at the interval but Rockets took the last 2 quarters by 41- 26 to take a convincing victory and keep the pressure on the unbeaten Solent Kestrels whom Rockets face away on Saturday.

Rockets stormed the opening minutes, Ben Dixon made a great steal and a block as Rockets established a 8-0 run before Warriors took a time-out. From that moment Warriors hit 3 trebles as they went on an 18- 8 run to take the first period 18-16 having surprised the confident Rockets with their offensive prowess.

Nick Richards brought Rockets level on 18 and with David Chive and A J Carr also adding to Rockets points , the hosts found themselves 5 points up but another treble from Warriors kept the scores close or tied throughout this second quarter. Chive hit Rockets first treble and then Carr and Matias Boho stroked a brace as Rockets went to the locker room level on 41 points with Warriors American T J Henderson leading all scorers with 19 of Warriors 41 points. Rockets had commanded the boards by 20-13 and already had made 8 assists but the 6 Warriors trebles showed Head Coach Alan Keane that his team needed to step up if they wanted to take the victory.

Rockets fast breaks had caused Warriors problems in the first half and was to remain a thorn in Warriors side as Rockets peppered a total of 24 points against Warriors 6 in the second half.

Liam Davis hit a long score from wide out but an interception by Richards was the early highlight of the third quarter as he rose to slam dunk and raise the roof of the arena. Still Warriors stayed in contention to level at 51 but a 9-0 run saw Rockets enjoy a 60-51 advantage as the final period beckoned., thanks in part to a 10 point personal haul by Richards and a huge block by Boho that again raised the roof.

Richards had another slam dunk to open the quarter giving Rockets their first double digit advantage , something they weren’t to lose for the remainder of the game. Chive stroked a treble from wide out and then Richards made a steal and scored with a finger roll. Another huge and powerful rejection by Boho was acclaimed around the arena and soon Rockets had a 70-56 lead with over 6 minutes to go. Still the Warriors cry went up ’ there’s plenty of time ‘ as indeed there was but Rockets now looked very strong and determined to keep such a lead and take another win. Richards finished yet another excellent display by the American guard with a rejection followed by a slam and a free throw as Rockets extended their winning streak to 6. As the score line showed an 82-67 victory.

Rockets had kept Warriors Henderson to just 5 points in the second half as Rockets made 15 steals to disrupt Warriors offence whilst also outscoring Warriors 48-34 in the paint.

Top scorers for Rockets and the Nando’s Player of the Game , was Nick Richards who hit 32 pts, took down 6 rebounds, made 4 steals and 3 assists. A J Carr was near to a double double with 15 pts and 8 rebounds whilst Academy student David Chive hit 10 pts and made 3 assists though Coach Keane will have been delighted with most of Rockets second half display after his interval team talk.

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Details

Date Time League Season
10/11/2019 17:00 NBL Div 1 2019 / 2020

Venue

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

Match Report Team Birmingham Elite v Reading Rockets -3rd Round Cup match

In the third round of the National Cup away to Birmingham and without A J Carr as Rockets cannot play 2 import players against lower league opposition in the cup, the developing Spaniard Pau Major was given a key role as Head Coach Alan Keane played all his academy players for many minutes with Major as the ‘conductor’ for most of the time after Rockets had stormed the opening period with a game winning 34-7 score.

The first quarter had seen Nick Richards hit 14 personal points including a brace of trebles which Major matched as Ben Dixon began with a block and Matias Boho a hook score. Birmingham Head Coach was not happy with his players or the officials and was given a technical foul mid-way through the opening exchanges. Ed Potter took down his own offensive rebound and when fouled hit both free throws. David Chive did likewise from the penalty stripe and Coach Keane showed his plans by introducing 4 academy players.

The second quarter was a tighter affair as Rockets youngsters fought to retain the supremacy displayed by the team in the first period. This they did, just, by 13-12 as they settled into their roles . Asher Ndah finished a great 5 man offence before then stopping a Birmingham score. Liam Davis was asked to get some exercise and scored with a pair of slam dunks. Rockets had dominated the boards by 29-12 , had made 13 assists and stole the ball on 8 occasions to have a comfortable lead of 47-19 at the interval.

Coach Keane began the third period with his starting five but Birmingham hit the first score. Richards made a great rip to steal the ball and on the Rockets offence Birmingham’s captain D. Penkov and their Head Coach were called again for technical fouls against the officials so both were ejected from the sports hall increasing the pressure on the young Birmingham Elite. Matias Boho was given a long run in this quarter and hit ten personal points including a treble from a Sam Grant assist. Major hit another brace of trebles though it was good to see the hosts stroke their only treble of the game to much applause from both sets of supporters as Elite kept coming and competing for every ball. However a 31-17 period had made the game impossible for them to win as Rockets enjoyed a 78-36 lead as the final period began.

Seven of Rockets players scored in this quarter with four academy players troubling the scorers as Major made a steal, tipped out another Elite offence and took his own tally to his best so far this season of 20 points. Ndah slammed a score after an assist from Boho before he stroked a treble from out wide having taken the defensive rebound moments before which led to Rockets gaining the possession from which he scored. A final period of 23-16 gave Rockets passage to the next round with a 101-52 victory.

Rockets have again been drawn away and will now play either Derbyshire Arrows or Nottingham Hoods on Sun 24th Nov in the fourth round.

Top scorers for Rockets were Pau Major with 20 pts, 4 steals, 4 assist and 3 rebounds with Nick Richards, Matias Boho and Ed Potter hitting 18 pts apiece.

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Match Report – Liverpool Basketball v Reading Rockets

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Liverpool Basketball86Loss
Reading Rockets90Win

Conscious of a double header weekend ahead of them Rockets were keen to get the league win ahead of the National Cup 3rd round at Birmingham the following day and set about their challenge with zest as they stormed the opening quarter 21-12.

A J Carr sent the first of his 7 assists to 6’9” Liam Davis to slam dunk to open Rockets account which Carr followed up with a second assist to Ben Dixon and a third to American guard Nick Richards within the first 3 minutes of the game showing his value to the Reading team. Davis played well inside and outside the box as he stroked a treble and drew fouls as he scored in the paint. When Carr hit a treble wide out thanks to a Pau Major assist, Rockets looked comfortable at the end of the first period.

But what a fight back from the hosts as they stroked 4 trebles as they raised their game and were clinical offensively as they took the second quarter 26-23 whilst Matias Boho stopped one offensive with a huge rejection but still the talented Liverpool team came forward threatening with every move. Carr and Richards hit trebles for Rockets but with 14 points off Rockets turnovers, Head Coach Alan Keane was not pleased seeing this stat at the interval. Liverpool had also scored 11 points off fast breaks and made 8 steals as they fought tenaciously to reduce Rockets advantage at the break to 44-38.

From their biggest lead of 23-12 early in the second period Rockets needed and again had a strong third quarter though a 9-0 final run by Liverpool saw Rockets advantage slightly increased to 65-57 thanks mainly to a brace of key trebles from 18 year old David Chive and 6 points apiece from Davis and Richards. Two highlights included some great team work giving Rockets a 15 point lead at 60-45 and a crucial defensive rebound from Davis which saw the ball quickly out to Carr who lifted a ball high over the basket for Davis to come flying in and score with an alley-oop. With just a couple of minutes to the start of the final stanza Rockets again looked to have control but an unopposed 9 points finish by Liverpool including a 3 point play 0.3 seconds from the buzzer encouraged the hosts having fought back from a 21-10 run to finish the quarter just 8 points adrift at 65-57.

A defensive rebound from Richards stopped Liverpool’s first offence but they did score off yet another Rockets turnover, quickly followed by a jump shot to reduce Rockets lead to just 4 points. A Dixon finish off a Carr assist and a Richards drive eased Rockets out to a 7 point advantage at 69-62 but 3 trebles from Liverpool in less than 2 minutes either side of a Richards floater score saw Rockets stay ahead but by just 2 at 73-71. However yet again Rockets stayed 3 points ahead after a Carr assist to Dixon. But Liverpool would not give up and kept coming and staying within a single score of a win on their home court……and with their treble shooting so effective ( they hit 12 during the game ) , Coach Keane knew his team needed at least a 4 point advantage in the end game scenario that was brewing. 6 ahead with 2 minutes 20 seconds remaining had Rockets 6 in the lead but another Liverpool treble brought them closer to their goal. Carr scored but Liverpool replied immediately . A Richards treble effort rimmed out and Liverpool stroked their twelfth treble to get within that single score at 88-86 with 16 seconds left on the clock. Liverpool took a time-out but Rockets stopped their offence and Chive was fouled as he took down the rebound taking him to the line whee he hit 1 from 2 so Rockets led 89-86 but Liverpool had the ball and probable final play. Focus and high intensity defensive was the order of the day and Carr made the crucial block and went to the line for the final penalty shots. 1 from 2 made the final score 90-86 in a most competitive and rewarding game for Rockets. Still much to work on for Coach Keane and his coaching team but they stay second in the league with a 5-1 record.

Top scorers for Rockets were Nick Richards with 27 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals with Liam Davis having a second consecutive double double by hitting 16 points and taking down 13 rebounds besides making 3 assists. David Chive hit 15 points including 3 trebles and made 4 assists whilst A J Carr was very influential with 15 points 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Ben Dixon was Rockets 5th player in double figures with 13 pts and 3 assists.

Details

Date Time League Season
02/11/2019 17:00 NBL Div 1 2019 / 2020

Venue

Archbishop Beck Sports College
55 Long Ln, Liverpool L9 7BF, UK

Match Report – Reading Rockets v Barking Abbey

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Reading Rockets99Win
BARKING ABBEY UEL73Loss

In an action packed thriller at the John Madejski Academy as Rivermead was not available, Rockets came from 2-14 down in the opening 4 minutes of the game to secure an emphatic victory by 26 points as they turned the game on its head from that moment onwards. The introduction of Ed Potter from that fourth minute stepped up Rockets defence, saw them work harder on the boards and when not in possession of the ball whilst Potter personally hit 10 points, took down a key rebound, made a steal, as well as a save to ignite Rockets and lead by example as a captain should. After Barking hit back to back trebles to disturb Rockets from the tip it was a Liam Davis score that put points onto the board for the home side. Nick Richards stepped in with a couple of assists and 4 points but Rockets were adrift 18-15 at the first break.

Ben Dixon took a charge in the opening seconds of period two and Barking’s Head Coach was called for a technical foul which Richards converted to set Rockets on their way to an impressive 27-16 quarter score. Potter continued where he’d left off with a spin score and a defensive rebound and Matias Boho scored ten personal points in this quarter and took down a pair of rebounds though Barking still controlled the boards at both ends of the court with the stats showing 28-18 in their favour. Nonetheless it was the role of another Rockets academy player, Asher Ndah, to score and give Rockets the lead for the first time in the game at 32-31 in the latter stage of this period. Boho was secure from the penalty stripe and stroked Rockets first and sole treble before the interval which was clinically finished by Nick Richards with a buzzer beating score off the glass seeing Rockets with a slender 45-41 half time advantage.

Liam Davis exchanged telling passes to Nick Richards as the American guard hit back to back scores before Matias Boho stroked a treble. When Dixon scored off an offensive rebound and then form a David Chive steal, Rockets enjoyed a double digit lead for the first time in the game and one which they never looked like losing for the remainder of the game. A Dixon floater was followed by an exquisite bounce pass from Potter for Davis to score which Potter followed with a defensive rebound, drive and score giving Rockets a 63-49 advantage.

Pau Major hit the first of his 4 trebles and Potter ended the quarter with a reverse lay-up. Rockets headed to the last period with a 72-54 lead thanks to another ten point haul for the third Rockets player in consecutive quarters via Nick Richards.

Sam Grant hit a wide treble and Rockets defence caused Barking into a 24 second violation before a great pass form Potter to Davis saw the big man slam dunk. A Potter save saw Rockets move 21 points ahead at 81-60 and allowing Head Coach Alan Keane to exercise his academy players for half of the last quarter which they took 18-13 and rounded off a solid final three quarters for Rockets where they hit 27 points in each and defended stoutly to restrict the talented Barking side to just to 16, 13 and 19 respectively and seeing Rockets to a deserved victory that takes them to second in the league.

This is encouraging start so early in the season for Coach Keane and his coaching team, the players themselves and the supporters though it’s recognised there’s a long way to go to the end of March.

Top scorers for Rockets were captain Ed Potter with 20 pts, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Nick Richards hit 19 pts and made 3 assists whilst Pau Major made his best contribution so far this season with 17 pts which included 4 trebles coupled to 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Matias Boho hit 14 pts took down 6 rebounds and made a p[air of assists and Liam Davis finished with a double double of 11 pts and 12 rebounds.

Ed Potter collected the Nando’s Player of the Game award for his leadership and his personal performance.

Details

Date Time League Season
27/10/2019 17:00 NBL Div 1 2019 / 2020

Venue

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

Match Report – Reading Rockets v Nottingham McDonalds Hoods

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Reading Rockets98Win
Nottingham Hoods85Loss

After a blistering opening quarter Rockets were held back in the second before igniting in the third and controlling the fourth period to have a convincing win at Rivermead on Sunday evening whilst also securing joint second place in the league with 4 other teams (as shown in the league table attached.)

Academy student David Chive was truly on fire from tip as he stroked 4 trebles in this quarter with Liam Davis hitting a brace himself whilst the ultimate Player of the Game, Nick Richards gave assists, made a steal and hit a pair of jump shots. Rockets offence was a delight to behold and their use of the 24 second clock spot on as they drained a pair of buzzer beating trebles in the last minute before the first break to lead 30-16.

The talented Hoods played with a press for much of the second period to cause Rockets many issues and restricting Rockets to just 14 points. Hoods hit 30 of their own to lead into the interval 46-44, much to the surprise of Rockets supporters as Hoods went on a 26-12 run to finish the quarter. Matias Boho and Ed Potter opened their personal tallies as did young Sam Grant but Head Coach Alan Keane did as he did last week, brought the issues to a head at the team meeting interval and launched them with a new strategy for the third quarter., one item was to move the ball quickly but accurately again and to drive to the basket. This Rockets did well as they drew fouls early on as they drove determinedly to score, finishing well and entertaining the supporters with a brace of slams. Liam Davis took down an offensive rebound to score as A J Carr made a crucial tip away and interception. Hoods took a time out as Rockets were beginning to enjoy themselves again but a 17-8 run as part of a 32-18 quarter saw Rockets ahead 76-64 as the final stanza began.

A Richards dish to A J saw the American stroke a treble moments before Pau Major dished to Ben Dixon to score. A cut eye saw A J leave the court but the mercurial youngster Chive gave an exquisite assist to Boho to hit a treble and see Rockets maintain their double digit advantage throughout the quarter . Richards and Davis enjoyed three quick exchanges of assists for each other and seeing Richards have one slam and Davis a pair to finish Rockets scoring a see them move further up the league table.

Top scorers for Rockets were Player of the Game for the second consecutive week, Nick Richards with 26pts, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals followed by Liam Davis with 22 pts, and 7 rebounds. David Chive had 14 pts, 6 assists and 4 steals whilst Matias Boho had 13 pts, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Ben Dixon also had a double digit score of 10 pts , took down 6 rebounds, made a pair of assists and had 2 steals.

Details

Date Time League Season
20/10/2019 17:00 NBL Div 1 2019 / 2020

Venue

Rivermead
24 Richfield Ave, Reading, Reading RG1, UK