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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 Division 1 2018 / 2019

Venue

Sportspace
Heath Ln, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP1, UK

Match Reports – Weekend 9-10th March

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Results

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 Division 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 Division 1 2018 / 2019

Match Reports – Weekend 2nd / 3rd March

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Reading Rockets90Loss
Team Solent Kestrels91Win

In a pulsating game at Rivermead on Saturday evening, Rockets got to within a whisker of defeating Kestrels,  missing some free throws with less than 10 seconds remaining. Nonetheless this was  most encouraging from Rockets in a game where two players had outstanding  performances namely Kestrels Travis Charles with 29 points and ten rebounds together with Rockets  Trae Pemberton with 30 points , 5 assists, 2 steals and 5 rebounds. ..a pair of gladiators trying to help their team across the winning line.

Kestrels shot off to a 10-2 start but after a time out by Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane, Rockets went on a 21-10 run to take the opening quarter 23-20 with captain Danny Carter scoring 10 points including a brace of trebles and Tanner Kuehn tipping in on the buzzer.  The Mead had an electric atmosphere. Kestrels are not just joint league leaders and title favourites for nothing and responded with a 20-7 run in the second period restricting Rockets to just 16 points too and hitting a buzzer beating treble to take a 43-39 interval advantage to the dressing room.

A Pemberton treble brought the deficit back to a single point with the first offence of the third quarter and soon an A J Carr hook gave Rockets the lead. Another treble from Pemberton extended the advantage before Kestrels tied the game on 49, 51 and 53 prior to a barrage of four trebles as they just couldn’t miss, which saw Rockets 7 points adrift. 14 Pemberton points and a buzzer beating treble from Academy player Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo kept Rockets in the hunt for the victory though 64-69 down as the final stanza began.

17 year old David Chive scored to start this vital period but again four more Kestrels trebles were only answered by a Pemberton one as Kestrels led by 11 points at 79-68 with just over 7 minutes remaining. Sydney Donaldson sent an assist to Pemberton to stroke another treble and scored 4 quick points himself to keep Rockets very much in the hunt. Adrian O’Sullivan sank a treble and hit a free throw as Rockets found themselves 4 points down with 1 min 23 secs on the clock. An exchange of baskets saw Kestrels open up a 5 point lead with 29.3 secs left. Up strolls Pemberton to hit a treble and The Mead was alive with noise and drums. Carter was called for his fifth personal foul so left the court with 21.2 secs to go but Kestrels missed both free throws. Rockets went to the line and unfortunately repeated the lack of success as the tension was at fever pitch. Kestrels hit 1 from 2 from the line to have a 3 point advantage with 6.7 secs left but with just 1.5 secs left Rockets had 2 free throws. The instruction went out that to tie the game Rockets needed to score the first free throw ( which they did ) but purposely miss the second one so Rockets could grab the rebound and score. Unfortunately the ball hit the side of the ring and backboard but instead of falling out dropped in leaving the final score somewhat disappointing at 90-91 but what a great game, what an improved team performance and encouragement as the league season draws to an end of March for Rockets. Don’t miss their remaining home games !!

Top scorers for Rockets were Trae Pemberton with 30 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals; Danny Carter with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals; A J Carr with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists; Adrian O’Sullivan with 11 points and 3 assists and Sydney Donaldson with 10 points and 5 rebounds.

Details

Date Time League Season
02/03/2019 17:00 NBL Division 1 2018 / 2019

Venue

Rivermead
24 Richfield Ave, Reading, Reading RG1, UK
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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Reading Rockets86Win
Nottingham Hoods76Loss

Before another packed crowd at Rivermead, Rockets secured a fine win against another Championship Play-off contender. Again American shooting guard Trae Pemberton was on fire as he added 26 points to his 30 from last night as both teams were a little less energetic having both played the two joint league leaders the night before. Hoods scored first but that was the only time they led. David Chive replied with a treble and ignited Rockets as captain Danny Carter gave the first of his 4 assists to Pemberton before Sydney Donaldson hit 3 from 4 from the penalty stripe, Chive scored again and Carter spun to help Rockets to an 8 point lead at 12-4. Hoods fought back but a Tanner Kuehn tip in and an Adrian O’Sullivan cross court assist to Chive to hit another treble saw Rockets 21-16 ahead at the first break.

The second quarter was a quieter time for both sides as a little tiredness crept in but A J Carr and Pemberton kept the Rockets scoreboard ticking though Rockets advantage was just 4 at the interval 38-34. Hoods were just one shot off the lead before the last play from which Chive scored on the buzzer. Rockets hit five trebles in the third quarter with Pemberton helping himself to 3 as Carr and Donaldson also stroked one apiece. Carr had upped the tempo after the interval as he fought tenaciously on the floor for possession whilst Donaldson took down a defensive rebound and went coast to coast to score. O’Sullivan gave Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo his first points but a pair of 3 point plays kept Hoods on Rockets tail. The diminutive O’Sullivan stood tall and strong to take a charge and stop the high scoring and big forward Cole Welle from scoring. Carter sent an assist to Pemberton which he repeated to Donaldson a moment later and Rockets had their first double digit lead at 63-52. Hoods hit the final shot to trail by 9, 54-63 as the final quarter beckoned.

Donaldson again took down a defensive rebound and went coast to coast to score, this time drawing a foul and hitting the resultant penalty shot. Ex Rockets Tintin Watts sent a scorcher of a treble from down town but Pemberton replied with a replica shot with the next offense. Rockets enjoyed their biggest lead of 15 points soon after but Hoods went on a 8-0 run just as Rockets supporters were thinking ‘ game over’ . 3 quick points from Donaldson and a Carter rejection saw Rockets regain a double digit advantage with 4 minutes remaining, something they extended to 12 points by the time of the final buzzer at 88-76.

This was another key win for Rockets who stay well in contention for not only a Championship Play-off place but also maybe a home draw if they can reach fourth place in the league.

Top scorers for Rockets were Trae Pemberton with 26 pts., ( giving him a weekend total of 56 pts ) , 7 assists and 5 rebounds with Sydney Donaldson having a double double with 16 pts., and 10 rebounds; A J Carr also with 16 pts., and 5 rebounds and Academy young man making a noise in Div.1 with 10 pts. ,and 3 assists, David Chive.

Details

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

Venue

Rivermead
24 Richfield Ave, Reading, Reading RG1, UK
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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
READING ROCKETS64Win
Ipswich58Loss

Details

Date Time League Season
03/03/2019 14:30 WNBL Division One 2018 / 2019

Venue

Rivermead
24 Richfield Ave, Reading, Reading RG1, UK

Match Report – Team Newcastle v Reading Rockets

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Team Newcastle University105Loss
Reading Rockets112Win

After a 300 mile road trip in 7 hours, Rockets could have begun wearily but were quick out of the traps with a great 4 man move in the opening 11 seconds seeing Sydney Donaldson drive to score, draw the foul and hit the free throw. A J Carr was scoring inside and taking down rebounds as Rockets went 15-8 ahead before Newcastle went on an 18-10 run to ease ahead at the first break 26-25. It was good to see captain Danny Carter playing with much less pain thanks to an injection earlier in the week whilst much is now expected of the confident  16 year old David Chive who matched last week’s best performance with another high score of 18 points.

A big Donaldson treble and a Carr spin to score saw Rockets recover the lead but six unanswered Newcastle points assured the contest would stay close and personal. A brace of Newcastle trebles had Rockets five points adrift midway through the second period but Adrian O’Sullivan  scored off an assist from Carr who continued his fine run of performances but Rockets had lost the second quarter by 21-24 so found themselves 46-50 adrift at the interval.

Trae Pemberton got away from his 2 defenders to hit his one and only treble of the game but it got Rockets off to a bright and rewarding start to the third period as they quickly levelled on 54, 56 and 58 points each. Pemberton had sent an exquisite bounce pass to Carr to continue to trouble the Newcastle defence whilst Donaldson had another very good offensive game as he stroked a pair of trebles, one from a great assist from O’Sullivan . Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo was secure from the penalty stripe and O’Sullivan hit a buzzer beating shot as Rockets had their best quarter with a 29-21 score line to lead 75-71 going into the final quarter.

Donaldson and O’Sullivan saw Rockets advantage extended to seven points inside the first minute of this period but Newcastle levelled on 78 by the third minute and went four ahead with a steal and two free throws at 82-78. They extended this lead to 87 -78 with a 16-3 run as Rockets found themselves in team foul trouble. With less than two minutes of normal time remainingg the situation looked dire for Rockets who seemed to now be suffering from the long journey. However young Chive lit up the occasion with five quick unanswered points, Donaldson scored inside and from a pull up jump shot as Rockets went on a 12-3 culminating with a Carr assist and a crucial treble from Donaldson to tie the game at 90 all inside the last minute. Newcastle stroked a treble and appeared to be confident to complete the win but Carter hit a big treble to level on 93. Again Newcastle hit a shot that hit the rim, went high in the air but dropped through the net with only 7.2 seconds remaining. Head Coach Alan Keane called a time -out and Rockets inbounded from the side line to Carter to score off the glass and tie the game at 96 each.

Rockets launched themselves as overtime began as they thought this is a long way to come to lose. Carter had a tip in and then gave an assist to Carr as Rockets edged ahead by four points. Newcastle were secure from the free throw line but a Donaldson assist to Carr saw him stroke a key treble and edge further ahead. However Newcastle hit a treble but Carter played all of his 6’9” frame to score inside, draw the foul and hit the bonus point to see Rockets 105-100 ahead. A brace of free throws had Newcastle holding on in hope but young David Chive hit three from four from the penalty stripe to lead 108-102 with 1.39 remaining. Again Newcastle came back with a 3-0 run before Donaldson and Pemberton settled this exciting game from the free throw line with four from four and the deserved victory by 112-105 in Rockets first overtime game of the season.

The victory keeps Rockets nicely placed for the Play-off Championship qualification as March approaches and Rockets have eight games during the month.

Top scorers for Rockets were Sydney Donaldson with 30 points,  A J Carr with 28, David Chive with 18 and Danny Carter with 16 of which 10 were crucially in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Details

Date Time League Season
23/02/2019 15:00 NBL Division 1 2018 / 2019

Venue

Benfield Centre
Benfield Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 4NU, UK

Match Report – Reading Rockets v Bradford Dragons

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Reading Rockets100Win
Bradford Dragons60Loss

With both teams suffering recent heavy defeats and tumbling down the table at a time when both are seeking Play-off Championship places,  they knew that one of them would be encouraged and strive for that elusive place and hopefully home advantage in this most competitive of leagues where 4 games finished within 2 points of each other the night before.

The ever improving American A J Carr hit a treble, had a tip in and stroked one free throw in the opening minutes though Dragons stirred up some fire to level on 8 points each. Rockets had worked all week on their defence as identified as ‘ not up to standard ‘ by Head Coach Alan Keane after recent losses. , and how that showed as they pressurised Dragons from tip to buzzer. 16 yo David Chive hit a treble, took an assist from Sydney Donaldson to make another 3 point play before Tanner Kuehn hit a step back treble to see Rockets lead 21-15 at the first break.

Chive was quickly out of the traps as he made a steal, went coast to coast and scored with the opening offensive of period two before he sent an assist to Kuehn to score and give Rockets a double digit lead at 25-15, something they were to extend significantly as they cruised the quarter 33-13 having a 54-28 lead at the interval. Both Carr and  Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo hit wide trebles and Kuehn sent an exquisite bounce pass to his captain Danny Carter to score with a slam dunk. When Donaldson went off the glass Rockets enjoyed a twenty point advantage and then Chive hit another treble this time from the top of the key.

Dragons had been stirred during the interval as Ricky Fetske stroked three consecutive trebles though Donaldson, Chive and Carr replied for Rockets but Dragons took the quarter 25-19 reducing Rockets lead to 73-53 despite a big Carr rejection and a Carter spin fake score.

The fourth quarter saw Rockets imperious from beyond the arc as they stroked five trebles in a 27-7 final push as they secured a key 100-60 victory. Nine of Rockets players scored in this period with the biggest appreciation coming as the academy youngsters all scored  with 16 yo  James Jolly hitting the 100 point score on the buzzer as he finished a fine Rockets move. Adrian O’Sullivan had had ten minutes court time in his first game for 5 weeks hitting a brace of trebles in this period whilst Trae Pemberton  delved deep to hit a pair of downtown trebles too. And Adrian Nosa sank a big treble moments before Academy youngster David Obediah scored to loud applause from the appreciative supporters.

Though A J Carr yet again top scored for Rockets with 28 pts.,and 8 rebounds, it was the 16 yo David Chive who had his best game of the season to date as he scored 18 pts., took down 4 rebounds, made 5 steals and had 4 assists to complete an excellent performance. Sydney Donaldson hit 11 pts.,made 4 assists and 3 steals whilst Trae Pemberton hit 10 pts.

Rockets stay in 7th place in the table but have 2 games in hand over the 4th and 5th placed teams so everything to play for in the final 7 weeks of the league season.

Details

Date Time League Season
17/02/2019 17:00 NBL Division 1 2018 / 2019

Venue

Rivermead
24 Richfield Ave, Reading, Reading RG1, UK