Before yet another weekend on the road, Rockets were pleased to have Head Coach Alan Keane returning from Spain though 3 Rockets Academy players remain there till next week but Keane was also pleased to welcome back the fit again captain Danny Carter.
Though finding themselves again well down in the opening exchanges for the third game in a row (2-12 ) returning captain Danny Carter made his presence known with some excellent inside scoring and major rebounding. A length of the court pass from Trae Pemberton was taken by Carter and the fast approaching A J Carr finished the move as Rockets took control and Adrian O’Sullivan sank a pair of dish passes form Carr and Sydney Donaldson as Rockets eased to a first period lead of 25-16.
Donaldson’s triple of trebles was one of the highlights of the second quarter with a Carter blind overhead reverse pass to Carr and a Donaldson cross court pass for Academy student Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo to strike a treble also holding prominence in the memory as Rockets stormed to a fifteen point advantage at the interval 51-36.
The well marshalled Pemberton found some space and hit seven points whilst Carr was back to his game day best scoring inside, once with an excellent tip in and controlling the boards. Adrian Nosa Castillo sent a dish to O’Sullivan to finish Rockets scoring in the third period though some indiscipline allowed Warriors to be war like and get to within 10 points at 71-61.
Ronan O’Sullivan scored Rockets first basket of the final stanza before the triple threat of Carr, Carter and Donaldson again impacted the game as Rockets returned to hitting 25 or more in any period and securing a solid on the road victory. Rockets had retained a 14+ advantage from the third minute though again, with the game won and conscious of a fourth game in 8 days ahead of them on Sunday, Head Coach Keane rested his seniors and Warriors hit a brace of trebles to leave the final score 96-82.
Rockets had dominated the paint 56-26 and enjoyed the biggest lead of 21 pts. but it was the vast improvement in their field goal and 3 point shooting that was most pleasing. Top scorers for Rockets were A J Carr with 21 pts , 16 rebounds and 8 assists; Sydney Donaldson with 20 pts, 7 rebounds and 4 assists with Danny Carter hitting 17 pts, taking down 6 rebounds and having 8 assists.