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Rockets begin home campaign with visit of Riders

Reading Rockets (1-1) will begin their NBL Division One home campaign this Sunday afternoon when they entertain Loughborough Riders (2-0) at Rivermead Leisure Complex, 5pm tip-off. Rockets recorded their first win of the regular season last weekend as they came from behind to beat one of this years play-off contenders Thames Valley Cavaliers by 108 points to 93. Sunday’s visitors to Reading, Loughborough Riders began their season last weekend recording two wins beating Essex and Herts Leopards 94-66 before beating Nottingham Hoods 81-71 the following day to remain one of five teams with a 100% record in the division.

Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane was pleased to see his team record their first victory of the season but it’s already preparing for a tough test this weekend at home to Loughborough Riders. The Reading play-caller said,

“I am really pleased with last weekend’s victory over Thames Valley Cavaliers who provided us with a lot of problems to solve and what was positive for us was we were able to find those answers based on the commitment we showed and being relentless against a tough opponent.”

“Having AJ Carr back with us made a difference but what pleased me the most was the group remained disciplined and to task throughout the forty minutes despite some defensive lapses which we will address this week.”

“On Sunday we welcome Loughborough to Reading and this promises to be another tough test. Coach Jarram has done an excellent job in his time there but early season games are always difficult to prepare for as opposition trends haven’t emerged. However we do know Loughborough who are 2-0, will have built confidence off of that start. Their strength lays in their depth of talent and every player off their bench is capable to have a huge impact on the game. We are really looking forward to this encounter and can’t wait to be in front of our home fans for the first time this season.”

Rockets go into Sunday’s clash with no new injury concerns but will be hoping that 18 year-old David Chive is fit to return to action after missing the Berkshire outfits opening two games. The 6 foot point guard has been promoted to the first team this season alongside Sam Grant but has yet to feature for Coach Keane’s side this term.

The last time the two teams met was in the 2018-2019 play-off quarter finals when third seed Loughborough overcame the sixth seed Reading winning 83-63 to end the Rockets’ season. Coach Keane will be going up against his Assistant Coach for the Great Britain Under 18 Men for the first time this season as both teams look to keep up the base in the top half of the NBL Division One table.

Follow the Rockets on social media; Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – @rocketsreading or check out the club’s website – www.readingrockets.co.uk.

Match Report – Thames Valley Cavaliers v Reading Rockets



Thames Valley Cavaliers95Loss
Reading Rockets108Win

Having suffered a disappointing loss last weekend in their opening away league game with a depleted team, a vibrant and resourceful Rockets stepped up in a big way to take the scalp of Cavaliers, one of the teams expected to be vying for honours this season.

American guard Nick Richards went out of the trap like a greyhound as he stole Cavaliers’ first possession to score before the returning A J Carr hit his initial points of the new season having just arrived after visa delays. Cavaliers stroked the first of their 2 trebles but a Richards slam and Carr pull up shot kept Rockets ahead. Australian Ben Dixon then scored with a reverse lay-up immediately followed with a superb treble off a Pau Mayor cross court dish. However the talented Cavaliers, who had height advantage with 5 guys 6’7” and above, went on a 17- 4 run to lead 26-17 causing Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane to call a time out . Ed Potter strode onto court and does what he does best, disrupts Cavaliers plays and fights tenaciously for the ball as he scored four quick points and disturbed Cavaliers though they still took the period 32-26.

Mayor gave another assist to Liam Davis to have Rockets score first and though Davis and Potter added to Rockets’ tally early in the second quarter, another treble from Cavaliers saw Rockets deficit now seven points. Just midway through the period Rockets found themselves 32-45 adrift. Matias Boho joined Richards and Davis in now helping Rockets offensively whilst Potter was prominent in defensive mode. Richards drove and strode, Boho glided to score, Davis played hard inside to convert opportunities whilst Dixon sent an exquisite bounce pass and drove to score as Potter took a charge. Rockets had truly ignited and went to the interval just a single point behind at 51-52 as they had gone on a 19-7 run

The impetus stayed with Rockets as they tore into Cavaliers with another 18- 8 run to lead 69-60 thanks to more from Richards and Davis and more importantly a brace of downtown trebles from A J Carr…a pleasing return to court in a Rockets vest as he settled again into the English game and recovered from his jet lag having only arrived 48 hours before. Sam Grant hit a treble but Cavaliers didn’t want to taste defeat on their own court and with a 12-5 run including a buzzer beating score had cut the deficit to 74-72 in Rockets favour.

Despite Richards scoring off the glass with the opening score of the final quarter Cavaliers edged ahead with five unanswered points but Boho drove, scored, drew the foul and hit the penalty shot only for Potter to copy that moments late and see Rockets 82-77 ahead. Davis was called for his fifth and excluding foul but Carr and Boho saw Rockets maintain a four point lead with just over four minutes remaining. A brilliant Dixon steal and four consecutive Carr points saw Rockets enjoy an eight point advantage at 96-88 .

The appreciative spectators from both teams were loud and expressive as both teams fought for the victory. Dixon’s floor hustle roused Rockets and great vision from Carr as he inbounded at the defensive end of the court and threw an arrow pass to Richards the length of the court which saw Richards score, draw the foul and sink the penalty shot to ease Rockets to a comfortable lead at 103-92. Richards then hit all four free throws as he was fouled and Boho finished Rockets scoring as they took a key win 108-93. They had turned a 13 point deficit inside the first 15 minutes into a 15 point victory through improved defence in the second half, better rebounding and gelling as a team throughout the game.

Top scorers for Rockets were Nick Richards with 25 points, A J Carr and Matias Boho with 20 point each, Liam Davis with 18 points and Ben Dixon and Ed Potter also with 11 points apiece.

Rockets now look forward to a pair of home consecutive games


Date Time League Season
05/10/2019 18:00 NBL Div 1 2019 / 2020


Uxbridge College
Uxbridge College, Uxbridge UB8 1NX, UK

Rockets looking to bounce back from opening day defeat

Reading Rockets (0-1) will be looking to make amends for their narrow defeat on the first day of the regular season when they make the short journey to Uxbridge on Saturday afternoon to take on Thames Valley Cavaliers (1-0) in their second NBL Division One game. Rockets lost out to Westminster Warriors in a close, hard fought battle last weekend going down 87-84 whilst this weekend’s opponents secured an 82-78 victory over Bradford Dragons behind 29 points from Martelle McLemore.

Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane was naturally disappointed to see his team defeated in their opening NBL Division One game but feels a lot will be learnt by his young squad ahead of this weekend’s trip to Thames Valley Cavaliers. The Irishman said,

“Last weekend’s performance was not the way we wanted to start the season but it has given us a great amount of learning ahead of this weekend’s game at Thames Valley. Westminster showed their experience and competitiveness and with our behaviours not aligned with where we wanted them to be, we unfortunately suffered what some might say as an unexpected defeat.”

“We will learn and move on from this and with having a young, enthusiastic group it will be relatively straightforward for us to re-align but we must make sure we do this with energy and discipline to give a true reflection of ourselves.”

“We are looking forward to this Saturday’s game against one of the leading teams in the division and it will be a really good test for us after last weekend’s disappointment.”

Rockets go in to Saturday’s match-up with no injury concerns but should have David Chive and Sam Grant back in action after both missed out on last weekend’s loss to Westminster Warriors. New signing AJ Carr is due to meet up with with his teammates this week and should be available for Coach Alan Keane this weekend after receiving his visa over the weekend. A big boost for the Berkshire outfit as they look to chalk up their first win of the campaign away to a team they hd three successes against last season.

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Match report – Westminster Warriors v Reading Rockets



Westminster Warriors87Win
Reading Rockets84Loss

In a tight fought opening game away to newly promoted Westminster, Rockets missed opportunities in the last 21.6 seconds to secure victory as from a single point lead at 84-83 , Warriors drove to score and then hit a pair of free throws to win the game.

After Warriors opened the score returnee Ed Potter sent an assist to Bristol Flyers loanee Liam Davis to secure his first Rockets points with a slam dunk, something he repeated 3 times in the first quarter as he totalled 8 personal points. The titanic affair saw the teams level on 10 points each before Australian Ben Dixon sent a superb pass to Spaniard Pau Major to open his account and see Rockets 15-10 ahead. However a 13-4 run by Warriors had them go into the first break leading 23-19.

A Davis treble and hook reduced the deficit but Warriors replied with a treble. A technical foul called on Nick Richards appeared an officious action but Davis and Dixon scored to see Rockets down by just 32-33. A Matias Boho treble followed a pair of Warriors free throws to tie the game on 35. Potter took a charge to stop a Warriors score but they still extended their lead to 42-36 just 3 minutes before the interval. An exchange of trebles by both teams kept Rockets at bay before Major hit a treble quickly followed by a drive score to see Rockets trail 47-49 at the interval.

A Dixon drive score and great floor hustle upped the Rockets tempo at the start of the third quarter and soon saw the scores level on 51 and 53 but Richards was called for a second technical foul and had to leave the arena just under 4 minutes into this crucial period. Head Coach Alan Keane now had to give more court time o the inexperienced Academy guys and play the new signings more than he initially hoped. He needn’t have worried as Asher Ndah scored to see Rockets take a slender single point lead at 56-55 but a brace of Warriors trebles and a successful conversion of another free throw saw Rockets trail 58-64. With just over a minute of the quarter remaining. Up stepped James Jolly to hit a free throw and Davis hit 4 unanswered points including a buzzer beating spin score to see Rockets only 63-64 adrift as the final period beckoned.

The fast and sound offensive play by Rockets off Warriors early possession surprised Warriors who gave away 3 very quick fouls though they still managed to increase their lead to 70-65. Rockets needed some inspiration and the tenacious Potter fought hard in the key and received 3 assists to score 6 quick points coupled to an offensive rebound free throw . When Dixon made an interception to stop a certain Warriors score, the Rockets supporters and bench were encouraged and soon levelled the game on 72 , 75 and then 77 points with a little over 3 minutes on the clock. A Davis assist to Major saw Rockets edge ahead again 79-78 and keep that slender lead at 81-80 before a Warriors treble with 45.7 seconds gave them a 2 point advantage at 83-81. Coach Keane time out saw Boho fouled and he hit one from two from the line before another Dixon steal edged Rockets ahead 84-83 with 21.6 seconds left but Warriors were not to be denied a winning return to Div.1 as they hit the final 3 points to take the victory.

It had been a titanic battle from tip to buzzer and Rockets will be pleased to see the return of the 2 influential Academy players David Chive and Sam Grant together with the arrival of last season’s Player of the Year A J Carr as his visa has now arrived and he arrives mid-week.

Top scorers for Rockets were Liam Davis with 27 pts, Pau Major and Matias Boho Sayo with 14 pts each and Ed Potter with 12 pts.


Date Time League Season
28/09/2019 17:30 NBL Div 1 2019 / 2020


Moberly Sports & Edcucation Centre
84 Kilburn Ln, London W10 4AH, UK

Rockets re-sign AJ Carr

Reading Rockets have re-signed American forward AJ Carr for the 2019-2020 season. The 24-year-old, who originally hails from Fairfax, Virginia, becomes the eighth signing after the departureRockets re-sign AJ Carrof Match Burnham for personal reasons.

Carr, a graduate of Saint James School in Maryland, went onto play for Shepherd University in West Virginia for four years, totalling 85 competitive games since 2014 before joining the Berkshire outfit last term. In his first season with the Rockets, Carr averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds
Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane is very pleased to be bringing one of his main players from last season back to the club for this term and knows the quality Carr can bring to the group. He said,

“With a relatively new team it will be great to have a returning player among the mix. AJ brings experience of playing in the league, an understanding of what we are about and how we want to play and more importantly mentorship and leadership for our young academy players within the squad.”

Carr himself can’t wait to get back to England and link up with Coach Keane and his new teammates and ahead of his arrival back to Reading the 6’6 forward said,

“I’m very excited to be rejoining the Rockets team and community this season. I really enjoyed my time in Reading last season and when Coach Keane called to say an opportunity had come up, I was really excited. I am looking forward to driving back to Reading and I feel big things are coming! #ReadyToRock”