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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.

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

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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Match Report – Essex Leopards v Reading Rockets

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Essex Leopards98Win
Reading Rockets78Loss

Though Rockets fell to their third defeat in a row, this was an improved offensive performance though defensively, they know they need to step it up again. Hopefully Adrian O’Sullivan will be shirted up for the home game on Sunday when they entertain Bradford Dragons at The Mead..

This game began still with the task acknowledged as very tough as Leopards are on a winning streak , signed new players and have strength in depth coupled to Asante Sandiford on a purple patch that sees him regularly get double doubles and sometimes treble doubles…a rare fete though today he got within one assist of that again. It was pleasing to see Sydney Donaldson troubling the scorers as he did before Christmas as he top scored with 19 points supporting the two dependable American players A J Carr and Trae Pemberton. Though he best stat from the game was arguably seeing 5 players each have double digit scores including Academy student Adri Nosa  and recent signing Tanner Kuehn.

Rockets hit three trebles in the opening quarter and took it 25-23 as Rockets three fit experienced players ( Trae, Sydney and A J ) were prominent with 6, 7 and 8 points respectively. However the two minute break between the opening periods stirred up the Leopards who came out fighting as they stroked a brace of trebles in their first two offences to regain the lead, one they didn’t relinquish for the rest of the game despite Rockets nibbling away and getting within 3 points in quarter two before a final 5-0 run saw Leopards in the changing room 48-39 ahead.. Sandiford had hit 22 pts by this time and was 7 from 7 from the line.

Leopards went to the line 13 times in the third period but Rockets just once as Rockets fell foul of the referees.  Leopards capitalised in a big way as they had their biggest lead at 70-45 in this time. The big cat clawed its way to a whopping advantage but the young Rockets ignited their own vehicle with a 15-3 run to make the game winnable again at 60-73 as the fourth quarter beckoned. Rockets played some very good ball from the start and were unfortunate not to close the gap even more as they pressed Leopards. Tanner Kuehn scored with an offensive rebound and Carr scored off a steal as the score was 64-75 but Kuehn was called for his fifth and disqualifying foul though he had scored 10 pts., and took down 5 rebounds. Leopards went to the line another 27 times in the second half alone compared to Rockets three so Rockets found themselves with four players excluded and just 4 fit players on court for the final minute or so as Arinze Emeka- Anyakwo was winded and couldn’t return to the court as the end game was played out.

The final score of 93-78 reflected the game but Head Coach Alan keane will be looking through the film as to why Rockets were called for so many fouls as Leopards won the game from the free throw line alone by 30-8. Keane will be hoping the mercurial Irish point guard O’Sullivan will get a run this coming weekend as Rockets look to secure their place in the Championship Play-offs.

Details

Date Time League Season
10/02/2019 14:00 NBL Division 1 2018 / 2019

Venue

University of Essex
Boundary Rd, Colchester CO4 3WA, UK

Match Report: Reading Rockets v Leicester Warriors

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Reading Rockets63Loss
Leicester Warriors89Win

Though having defeated Warriors away in early Nov by 96-82, the depleted Rockets ( Adrian O’Sullivan still out with an ankle injury and joined by Sam Grant ) were acutely aware of Riders recent signings and the return to the court of experienced guard  Carl Pearson so knew the challenge was significant. However they didn’t foresee the awesome game played by Riders Raphell Thomas – Edwards  as he hit 34 points , took down 18 rebounds and made 6 steals to be the outstanding player on the court.

Rockets scored first as the ever improving big man A J Carr stroked a treble from out wide but a 12-1 Warriors run including a brace of trebles confirmed the challenge ahead.  Sydney Donaldson hit a treble to encourage the appreciative fans as Rockets drew level on 13 and 15 . Warriors edged ahead but an awesome cross court pass from Carr to Trae Pemberton saw the shooting guard claw Rockets close at 21-24 as the opening period ended.

The second quarter saw a hail of trebles from Warriors increase their lead whatever Rockets did and Carr hit 14 personal points to add to his double digit opening period score to lead all scorers at the break with 24 points as Thomas -Edwards only had 13 at this stage. Warriors led  46-38 with 18 of those points beyond the ark. Danny Carter opened his account with the first score after the break and Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo did likewise moments later to draw Rockets to 42-46. Warriors stroked a treble but this was matched by a Pemberton treble but midway through the third period he was called for his fourth personal foul adding pressure to the young and inexperienced Rockets. When Carter also troubled the referees he picked up his fourth foul and despite Tanner Kuehn scoring his first Rockets points at The Mead Rockets found themselves 51-65 adrift as the fourth quarter beckoned.

The strong and powerful Warriors hit 4 more trebles to quash whatever resistance Rockets could muster and Thomas -Edwards took his second half tally to 20 points as he dominated both ends of the court to give the Man of the Match performance. Rest assured this Warriors team will be moving hurriedly up the league table having reversed  the original game score between these two sides and will be doing likewise with others for the remainder of the next 2 months in this most competitive of leagues. With Carr well marshalled by Warriors after the break, Carter fouled out and Pemberton having to be so restrained on four fouls, this was as good as it was getting to get on what some called a ‘bad hair day’ for Rockets.

A J Carr scored 24 pts. and took down 4 rebounds with Trae Pemberton hitting 18 pts and taking down 6 rebounds as Donaldson was Rockets best defender on the boards with 8 rebounds to match his 8 points. New signing Tanner Kuehnscored 6 points on his Rivermead debut.

Details

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

Venue

Rivermead
24 Richfield Ave, Reading, Reading RG1, UK