|BARKING ABBEY UEL||73||Loss|
In an action packed thriller at the John Madejski Academy as Rivermead was not available, Rockets came from 2-14 down in the opening 4 minutes of the game to secure an emphatic victory by 26 points as they turned the game on its head from that moment onwards. The introduction of Ed Potter from that fourth minute stepped up Rockets defence, saw them work harder on the boards and when not in possession of the ball whilst Potter personally hit 10 points, took down a key rebound, made a steal, as well as a save to ignite Rockets and lead by example as a captain should. After Barking hit back to back trebles to disturb Rockets from the tip it was a Liam Davis score that put points onto the board for the home side. Nick Richards stepped in with a couple of assists and 4 points but Rockets were adrift 18-15 at the first break.
Ben Dixon took a charge in the opening seconds of period two and Barking’s Head Coach was called for a technical foul which Richards converted to set Rockets on their way to an impressive 27-16 quarter score. Potter continued where he’d left off with a spin score and a defensive rebound and Matias Boho scored ten personal points in this quarter and took down a pair of rebounds though Barking still controlled the boards at both ends of the court with the stats showing 28-18 in their favour. Nonetheless it was the role of another Rockets academy player, Asher Ndah, to score and give Rockets the lead for the first time in the game at 32-31 in the latter stage of this period. Boho was secure from the penalty stripe and stroked Rockets first and sole treble before the interval which was clinically finished by Nick Richards with a buzzer beating score off the glass seeing Rockets with a slender 45-41 half time advantage.
Liam Davis exchanged telling passes to Nick Richards as the American guard hit back to back scores before Matias Boho stroked a treble. When Dixon scored off an offensive rebound and then form a David Chive steal, Rockets enjoyed a double digit lead for the first time in the game and one which they never looked like losing for the remainder of the game. A Dixon floater was followed by an exquisite bounce pass from Potter for Davis to score which Potter followed with a defensive rebound, drive and score giving Rockets a 63-49 advantage.
Pau Major hit the first of his 4 trebles and Potter ended the quarter with a reverse lay-up. Rockets headed to the last period with a 72-54 lead thanks to another ten point haul for the third Rockets player in consecutive quarters via Nick Richards.
Sam Grant hit a wide treble and Rockets defence caused Barking into a 24 second violation before a great pass form Potter to Davis saw the big man slam dunk. A Potter save saw Rockets move 21 points ahead at 81-60 and allowing Head Coach Alan Keane to exercise his academy players for half of the last quarter which they took 18-13 and rounded off a solid final three quarters for Rockets where they hit 27 points in each and defended stoutly to restrict the talented Barking side to just to 16, 13 and 19 respectively and seeing Rockets to a deserved victory that takes them to second in the league.
This is encouraging start so early in the season for Coach Keane and his coaching team, the players themselves and the supporters though it’s recognised there’s a long way to go to the end of March.
Top scorers for Rockets were captain Ed Potter with 20 pts, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Nick Richards hit 19 pts and made 3 assists whilst Pau Major made his best contribution so far this season with 17 pts which included 4 trebles coupled to 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Matias Boho hit 14 pts took down 6 rebounds and made a p[air of assists and Liam Davis finished with a double double of 11 pts and 12 rebounds.
Ed Potter collected the Nando’s Player of the Game award for his leadership and his personal performance.
|27/10/2019||17:00||NBL Div 1||2019 / 2020|
|John Madejski Academy|
|112-118 Hartland Rd, Reading, Reading RG2, UK|