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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 face Warriors in final home game of 2017

Reading Rockets (6-2) will be in action for the final time this year at home when they host Leicester Warriors (2-6) on Sunday evening at Rivermead Leisure Complex, 5pm tip-off. Rockets split last weekend’s game as they lost out to the current NBL Division One league leaders, Loughborough Student Riders by 71 points to 61 before redeeming themselves with a hard fought 83-72 win away at Kent Crusaders to keep up the heat at the top of the league going into their final two games of 2017. Sunday’s opponents Leicester Warriors have had a difficult start to their league campaign only winning two of their opening eight games but the Midlands team’s two wins have come in the last three games and they will be hoping to take a top of the table scalp as they look to continue their better form.

Rockets Head Coach Manuel Peña Garcès left last weekend with mixed feelings but knows his team has an opportunity to finish the year strong before the Christmas break and can use this period to improve on things and prepare thoroughly for their next two encounters. The Spanish play-caller said,

We played three really good quarters against Loughborough on Saturday but had another poor fourth quarter so that is a concern we will take forward and work on as it cost us the game and nearly affected the outcome on Sunday too. That said, we are playing better basketball and being much more competitive but now we need to make sure we remain focused and disciplined in the key moments, something we will address as a group this week.

This weekend’s game against Leicester will be a tricky one, as despite their league position, they are always difficult to play against because of their physicality and commitment to playing. We will need to do a good job in making sure we are prepared for their individual players and tendencies but the focus will be on ourselves to take another step in the right direction and be ready in more moments as well as being better in the difficult ones.

Rockets go into Sunday’s game against Leicester with no new injury concerns with Americans Scotty Hendricks and Tim Gill recovering from their respective injuries to make it through last weekend’s match-ups. The Berkshire club will be hoping to keep up their impressive record against Sunday’s visitors having beaten their opponents in the last 11 league outings going back to the beginning of 2012 with a win for the Reading team a must if they are to keep up the pace at the top of NBL Division One.

Prior to the game, the Rockets Division One Women will be in action at 2.30pm as they host Team Solent Kestrels, also at Rivermead Leisure Complex. The Rockets Women are currently 3 and 2 in league play and Coach David Sanchez will be hoping his team can put their cup exit to Ipswich behind them and bounce back with a win against one of the league’s most established teams but who are in a bit of trouble near the bottom of the table with only two wins from their first eight outings.

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Rockets look to continue good league form

Reading Rockets (5-1) will look to put the disappointment of their National Cup exit last Sunday behind them when they face another double header this weekend in NBL Division One. The Berkshire outfit will host league front-runners Loughborough Student Riders (5-1) on Saturday evening, 5pm tip-off at Bohunt School, before travelling to Barking on Sunday afternoon to face Kent Crusaders (3-4), 4pm tip-off. Rockets extended their good run in league play last Saturday when they were victorious over Derby Trailblazers, securing a 92-76 away win to move to five wins from six games and third in the league table. The Reading team were unable to make it a perfect weekend as they fell short against Team Solent Kestrels who played a great game and defeated the Rockets 89-67 to advance to the semi-finals of the National Cup.

Rockets Head Coach Manuel Peña Garcés had mixed emotions after last weekend’s games but knows that the journey his team is on will be a long one and with two more competitive games ahead of him and his group this weekend, he is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead. The Spaniard said,

We put in a really positive performance last Saturday against Derby and came away with a very important win but on Sunday we really did not perform and credit to Team Solent, they really exploited us and deserved to advance to the semi-finals. This is the game we must review and be better from and that is what we will do starting from our first practice of the week.

In the league, we are in a very healthy position still and have two more opportunities this weekend to compete and be better against two very good teams. Loughborough finished last season on the front foot and played some excellent basketball They have continued to do so at the start of this season and have become one of the teams to beat in this division. For us, they are coming to our home court where we have been very good so far and we are looking for a response after Sunday’s performance so I am expecting an intense battle with both teams holding a 5 and 1 record.

On Sunday we will then turn our attention to Kent Crusaders, another well coached team that has young talent ready to compete and win so we will need to be ready for this whatever the result is on Saturday. We need to continue to make sure we are taking one game at a time and learning and working for each other every time we step on the floor. It’s a time for hard work but a time to also enjoy what we are doing.

Rockets go into this weekend’s double header with some injury concerns. Point guard Scotty Hendricks injured his ankle during Saturday’s win against Derby and despite playing through Sunday’s defeat to Team Solent it will be touch and go as to whether he is fit in time for the visit of Loughborough this Saturday. His American counterpart Tim Gill has a back complaint but the Berkshire outfit are hopeful it is nothing serious and expect the 23 year old to be fit for both games this weekend. Australian Declan Soukup is expected to return to the fold after missing last weekend through illness as is Under 18 Adrian Nosa Castillo who was also out with a sickness bug.

 

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Photos courtesy of Shaun Colley

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 Away to Manchester Magic

This Saturday the D1 Men’s team will be travelling on a luxury 53 seater coach for this very important game v Manchester Magic, there are currently spaces available on the coach for supporters to travel with the team to and from the game.

The coach will be leaving Reading at approx 11 am Saturday 4th November

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 on arrival to the venue)

To book your seats please contact the office on Admin@readingrockets.co.uk, alternatively please call the basketball hotline on 0118 9263 040