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Rockets look to bounce back from consecutive defeats as they take on league leaders

Reading Rockets (8-5) will be looking to bounce back from two consecutive defeats for the first time this season when they make the short journey to Southampton on Sunday afternoon (3pm tip-off) to take on current NBL Division One league leaders Team Solent Kestrels (10-3). Rockets suffered their second defeat on the spin as they lost a close encounter to Hemel Storm (8-5) last Saturday by 88 points to 81 as they dropped to sixth in the table but still amongst the chasing pack. This Sunday’s opponents snapped their six game winning streak when they lost out reigning champions Team Northumbria 65-86 last weekend but remain top of the pile and undefeated against the Rockets in the two games already this season. Kestrels were victorious in the National Trophy back in September when they took a 93-78 away win before defeating the Berkshire outfit in the National Cup, gaining an 89-67 victory to lead the series 2-0.

Rockets Head Coach Manuel Peña Garcés was not too despondent after Saturday’s loss to Hemel Storm and was pleased with an improved performance from his team but knows the tests keep coming thick and fast with more work to be done on the practice court. The Spaniard said,

We put in a better performance on Saturday and in parts of the game played some great basketball. We are really pleased with these elements and must build on this going forward. A few areas still remain a concern in terms of our fourth quarter play but I am confident we can address these quickly and take forward the very positive parts we are seeing.

This Sunday we have an opportunity to do this against one of the best teams in the league. Solent has done a really good job building a deep roster over the last two seasons and are now really competitive and currently the team to beat. They have talent and cover at every position but are not unbeatable as Northumbria showed last weekend. We will be ready to play a tough game whilst making sure our intent and communication is at its best in what will be an awesome challenge for us.

Rockets go into Sunday’s match-up with the positive news that 6’9 forward Danny Carter will be returning to the squad after a short break. The 29 year old has not featured since early November but is looking forward to being back in action after his time out. Carter will provide some much needed impetus in the front court with American Tim Gill playing extended minutes in the last few weeks. The Berkshire outfit should have a fully fit roster to choose from as Manuel Peña Garcés’ men look to break their duck against Team Solent Kestrels this term and put back to back defeats behind them as they look to keep up the pace at the right end of the NBL Division One table.

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Rockets to face National Cup finalists

Reading Rockets (8-4) will make the short journey to Hemel this Saturday when they take on the Storm (7-5) in a fourth v fifth clash in NBL Division One. Rockets split their opening two games of 2018 as they comfortably defeated Lancashire Spinners (0-12) 107-67 before suffering a surprise loss at the hands of Team Newcastle (5-10) as the north east side came away from Rivermead with a priceless 67-63 victory to put a dent in Reading’s title hopes. Saturday’s opponents Hemel Storm had a great start to the opening weekend of the year as they beat Loughborough Student Riders in the semi-final of the National Cup to secure a place in their first ever final: however the Hertfordshire team were defeated by Team Solent Kestrels in league play going down 87-86 the following day.

Rockets Assistant Coach Alan Keane was in a reflective mood after last weekend but is really looking forward to the challenge that an impressive Hemel team possess. The Irishman said,

Last weekend provided us with some much needed feedback on where we need to be better and the clarity needed in every situation. This is a work in progress and something that we will be focusing on to keep alive in all of our practices this week and moving forward. We have a great group of guys and now we must challenge ourselves to be better in every moment as well as review and reflect honestly and with intent.”

Hemel has proved to be a force to be reckoned with and they will be on a high after making it to the National Cup final. They boast a lot of individual talent on their roster and are a very difficult team to play against, especially at home but not impossible! Our job will be to have a clear and concise game plan as well as work on the attributes I have already mentioned and I think this is an ideal game for us to put this to the test.

Rockets go into this weekend’s match-up with Hemel Storm with no-one on the treatment table but the game does come too soon for 6’9 forward Danny Carter’s return; the 29 year old coming back into the fray next week. Head Coach Manuel Peña Garcés should have a full squad to choose from as his team look to complete the double over their opponents for the first time in three years with the Berkshire outfit fending off a fourth quarter comeback in the first meeting between the two teams back in October as the Reading team claimed a 95-94 victory.

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Rockets take on Dragons in final game of 2017

Reading Rockets (7-2) will make the long journey north on Saturday when they take on Bradford Dragons (3-6) in their final NBL Division One game of 2017 (6.15pm tip-off). Rockets ground out a hard fought 75-70 victory over Leicester Warriors last Sunday to keep up the pace at the top of the league and will be hoping to close out the year with a positive result against an opponent they have already beaten in league play this season back in November when they recorded a 95-74 win at Rivermead Leisure Complex.

Head Coach Manuel Peña Garcès was relieved to see his team just do enough to win last Sunday’s game but also had praise for this team as they weathered the Warriors fourth quarter comeback, an area the Berkshire team have struggled with of late. The Spanish play-caller said,

I thought we played well in parts against Leicester but it was one of those games where we had to really dig deep to come out with a positive result and I felt we did that at times which is a good step for us considering the ending we have had in recent games. We need to be better with the quality we deliver and be more consistent in the way we do so and that is something that will be key for us after the Christmas break.

This weekend we make the long journey to Bradford to take on a competitive and well coached team. Chris (Mellor, Bradford Head Coach) always prepares his teams well and at home they are a real threat so we will need to be ready for the different challenge this game will pose compared to the one last month. We will be working on elements of what they will potentially do but keep the focus on ourselves and being better as we prepare for the last game of this year.

Overall I am pleased with where we are to date. We have had some ups and downs so far this year but this has provided us all with some positive learning and the necessity to keep working and building throughout the season. Our aim is to keep doing this and making sure we leave no stone unturned as we continue to apply pressure at the top of the division, a place where we would like to be at the end of this season.

Rockets go into Saturday’s match-up with Bradford with no new injury concerns but will be without duo Iñigo Perez Baena and Adrian Nosa Castillo who are on Under 18 duty back home in Reading. The Bradford game is the final time the Reading team will take to the court in 2017 as their scheduled game against Team Solent Kestrels is postponed as the Southampton based side are in National Cup semi-final action.

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Rockets travel away to face Derby Trailblazers

This Saturday the D1 Men’s team will be travelling North on a luxury 53 seater coach to continue the 2017/18 campaign facing Derby Trailblazers.

There are currently spaces available on the coach for supporters who may wish to travel with the team to and from the game.
The coach will be leaving Reading at approx 2PM Saturday 18th November, departing JMA school, Hartland Road entrance.

If you would like the opportunity to travel with the team– the price is £20.00 per person (this does not include tickets to the game these will need to be purchased upon arrival to the venue)
To book your seats please contact the office via email: Admin@readingrockets.co.uk, alternatively please call the basketball hotline on 0118 9263 040

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Rockets on the road for league and cup double header

Reading Rockets (4-1) will take to the road this weekend when they firstly head to the East Midlands to take on Derby Trailblazers (2-3) in NBL Division One on Saturday evening (7.15pm tip-off) before making the short trip from Reading to Southampton to play rivals Solent Kestrels (4-2) on Sunday afternoon (3pm tip-off) in the National Cup quarter-final. Rockets bounced back from their defeat to Manchester Magic the previous weekend with an impressive 95-74 victory over Bradford Dragons last Sunday to keep up the pace at the top of NBL Division One as they face a tough double header weekend.

Saturday evening’s opponents, Derby Trailblazers narrowly lost out to Sunday’s opposition Solent Kestrels by 75 points to 73 last weekend and in all five of their NBL Division One games the win/loss gap has been no higher than 9 points. Solent Kestrels will also provide a difficult test for the Berkshire outfit having already beaten them in the National Trophy earlier this season by 93 points to 78. Both teams overcame lower division opposition on their way to the last eight of the National Cup competition with the Reading team defeating a spirited BC Medelynas London by 93 points to 77 and a convincing 124-44 win against Cardiff City whilst Sunday hosts gained comfortable wins over Barking Abbey Crusaders (102-45) and Westminster Warriors (86-67).

Rockets Head Coach Manuel Peña Garcés was happy to see his team bounce back from the defeat to Manchester Magic but knows this weekend’s double header will be another stern test for his side. The Reading play-caller said,

I was pleased with our performance against Bradford in many parts of the game and that enabled us to get back to winning ways. In other parts of the game it highlighted the need for us to continue to work in areas of the game we need to be better in and this is what we will continue to do this week and across the season. Our focus remains at the defensive end and making sure we are not allowing teams to get comfortable playing against us.

This weekend will be another great test for us. Derby is always a tough place to go and although they are still building for their season they pose some threats we must negate if we are to go there and win. I like what Coach Matt (Shaw, Derby Trailblazers Head Coach) has done over the years with his teams and we will be working hard to better ourselves to give us a chance to perform well against a good, organised unit.

After Saturday’s game is when we will then turn our attention to Sunday’s knockout game against Solent. For us, they have been a tricky team to play against but the experience we do have is one of learning and how we must be better against a strong group who have started the season very well. We know the areas we want to focus on for this game so when we have navigated this week and Saturday’s game, I feel we will be ready for a tough battle!

Rockets go into this weekend’s league and cup double header with no new injury concerns with Coach Manuel Peña Garcés having a full roster to select from including Under 18 duo Iñigo Perez Baena and Adrian Nosa Castillo who missed last Sunday’s win over Bradford Dragons due to an Under 18 game. Division Four regular Charles Acquah-Davis has been a part of the roster in the previous few weeks as cover but looks set to retain his place in Reading’s top team as they look to remain in the top four of NBL Division One and reach the final four of the National Cup.

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