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Match Report



Reading Rockets77Loss
Team Newcastle University80Win

Reading Rockets 77 v 80 Team Newcastle

Having been relegated the previous evening, Team Newcastle appear to have lulled Rockets into a false sense of security, a trap they operated successfully.Rockets supporters had packed Rivermead hoping to see the anticipated victory which would virtually assure Rockets of a home draw in the Play-off Championship quarter finals in 2 weeks’ time.  But this was a rude awakening against a side who had nearly won on their own court just a few weeks back when Rockets scrambled an overtime win. For the second evening on the trot Rockets surrendered a double digit lead much to the consternation of all who witnessed Rockets demise.

Perhaps of most concern is that Rockets only shot 12% of their treble efforts against an average of 37%, only 3 in the first half and none in the second half against 10 drained by the opposition…..a difference in itself of 21 points alone. Rockets had begun well as A J Carr again was most impressive with nearly half of Rockets 25 points as Adrian O’Sullivan and Trae Pemberton complimented him with a brace of trebles and 16 yo David Chive threw a length of the court pass to fellow Academy youngster Arinze Emeka -Anyakwo to score. Rockets headed to the first break 25-20 in the lead.

Captain Danny Carter was able to return after missing the previous evenings away game in Loughborough and increased Rockets advantage with an up and under inside basket  before scoring off the glass and sending an assist to O’Sullivan to score. Rockets kept the 5 point advantage for most of the second period , even enjoying a 9 point lead with just over one minute remaining before the interval but a Newcastle rally took them to the interval just 44-47 down.

Having missed on their opening offense from possession at the start of the third quarter, Newcastle hit a treble to tie the game on 47. This was repeated on 49 and 57   but a step back finish from Carter coupled to 6 and 7 point personal hauls from Sydney Donaldson and Trae Pemberton respectively saw Rockets enjoy a 66-60 lead going into the final period.  A pair of Rockets misses either side of a Newcastle treble was soon settled as Carr scored off the rim,  from the free throw line and from the top of the key, so increasing Rockets narrow lead to 9 again  at 72-63 . However a turn over, a steal and another Newcastle treble gave them a 11-0 run despite the efforts of O’Sullivan taking a charge to stop another Newcastle score. Rockets nervousness was there to be seen no doubt with last nights loss from an even better position and the thought of a third consecutive defeat just ahead of the Play-offs. From level on 72 Newcastle drained a treble and scored inside though O’Sullivan hit 1 from 2 from the penalty stripe. A huge Pemberton treble seemed destined to score but it went in and rimmed out much to the frustration of the Rockets supporters. Chive scored to reduce the deficit to just 2 inside the last minute but Newcastle scored again. A might Carr treble effort  came back off the ring and even though Carter saw Rockets close to 3 points adrift of Newcastle, Rockets couldn’t tie the game as they did in Newcastle a few weeks ago and resigned themselves to a loss at 77-80.

Top scorers for Rockets were A J Carr with 20 pts and 7 rebounds, Sydney Donaldson with 13 points and  4 rebounds together with Danny Carter with 12 pts., and 6 rebounds and Trae Pemberton with 10 pts, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

Rockets now finish their league campaign at home next Sun 31st when Danny Carter bids his retirement farewell after some 18 year with the Club only interrupted with a 4 year stint at college in the States.


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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 face league and cup double header

Reading Rockets (2-0) will face Worthing Thunder (1-1) for the second time this season on Saturday afternoon (5pm tip-off) before entertaining NBL Division Three outfit Cardiff City on Sunday afternoon in the fourth round of the National Cup (5pm tip-off) with both games being played at Bohunt School in Wokingham. The Reading team have already beaten Saturday’s opponents in the National Trophy, running out winners by

80 points to 61 a few weeks ago but the south coast team have added to their roster since that game. However, last weekend they suffered a cup upset as they lost out to Division Three side Cardiff City in the third round of the National Cup meaning the Rockets are the Welsh team’s next opponents.

Having had a weekend off from competitive action, Rockets Head Manuel Peña Garcés was able to give his players some much needed rest and recovery as well as prepare for this weekend’s upcoming games. In speaking ahead of his team’s double header weekend, with a chance to remain unbeaten in league play and advance to the National Cup quarter-finals the Spanish play-caller said,

It has been a really useful time during these two weeks because we have been able to rest some players as well as have good quality, competitive practices. The guys have been working hard during this period and we look fresher and ready for the challenges that await us.

After the game against Hemel the previous weekend, it was important for us to review and reflect on the performance and the end game to help us in our preparations for the two upcoming games. We will need this experience to help us overcome what could be a potentially really tough game against Worthing because since we last played them, they have added some real talent to their roster so we will need to be aware of this and the continued work of Zaire Taylor.

Once Saturday is out of the way then we can turn our attention to another tricky encounter especially as we will be without one of our American players. Cardiff really raised their game against Worthing last weekend and reminded us all that anything can happen in cup competition so we will need to make sure we are tuned in and focused for their visit on Sunday.

Rockets go into this weekend’s double header with better news on the injury front for club captain Danny Carter. The 29 year old has been sidelined for three weeks with a hip complaint and hasn’t been able to play since the Berkshire outfit’s Trophy victory over Saturday’s visitors. The 6’9 forward is likely to return to the fold this weekend and boost his team’s front court in the absence of Alex Drincic. The 18 year old is currently in Spain with the JMA Basketball Academy and will miss both

games this weekend. And with Coach Peña Garcès having to sit one of his import players on Sunday due to rules allowing only one import player to participate against lower league opposition in National Cup competition, he will be hoping his squad remain injury free as the Reading team look to continue their positive start to the 2017/2018 campaign.

Rockets tip-off season with National Trophy double-header

Reading Rockets will start the 2017-2018 season with a double header weekend as they travel to Barking on Saturday afternoon to take on NBL Division One new-boys Kent Crusaders (4pm tip-off) before hosting Team Solent Kestrels on Sunday afternoon in their first home game of the campaign, 5pm tip-off at Rivermead Leisure Complex. Both games are in the National Trophy Pool 3 with Worthing Thunder being the other team in the group whom the Berkshire outfit face the following weekend in a bid to progress to the knockout stages.

The Reading team concluded their pre-season games last week when they defeated Team USA Select by 65 points to 58 to win 3 out of 4 encounters ahead of their first competitive game. Since then, American Tim Gill has arrived and will have 2 weeks of training under his belt before tip-off time this Saturday and Australian guard Declan Soukup will link up with his teammates during the week. Rockets have also made what looks to be their final signing of closed season with the news that Lithuanian small forward Simas Raupys has joined the Berkshire outfit. The 6’5 23 year old is a former Lithuanian Under 19 representative and played in his home country last term before moving to Hertfordshire.

In speaking of his latest signing and ahead of this weekend’s games, Rockets Head Coach Manuel Peña Garcés is happy to make one final addition to his squad and is really looking forward to getting the season off and running. Starting his fifth season as Rockets play-caller, the Spaniard said,

We have been looking to bring in one more player so to be able to have someone of Simas’ quality complete our roster is really pleasing and we are all excited to get started this weekend. Our pre-season has been positive up to now and our junior players have made an excellent impact whilst we have been waiting for 2-3 players to arrive so we feel in a good position going into the season but with a lot of work to do.
This weekend we play two good quality organisations. Kent did really well to bounce back to Division One last season and Coach Lloyd (Gardner) continues to do a great job at Barking Academy and with the Crusaders so we are expecting a tough opening test. Team Solent Kestrels defeated us in the play-off quarter finals last season and have once again composed a challenging roster. They did really well in their first season in Division One and I think will pose a threat again this year so for a first home game this should be a really good game to watch.

Both of this weekend’s oppositions have caused Rockets problems in the last couple of seasons with both teams defeating the Berkshire outfit at the play-off quarter-final stage. Team Solent Kestrels were victors in last year’s post season as they came away from Reading with an 87-71 win and Kent Crusaders, who beat the Rockets in last season’s National Cup quarter-finals 92-83 also defeated the Reading team in the 2014/2015 play-off quarter-final by 63 points to 61.

Rockets Captain Danny Carter is hungry to bring some silverware back to Reading and gave his thoughts on this weekend’s upcoming games as well as the season ahead. The 28 year old said,

I am excited for the new season start. We need to start how we intend to finish by being extremely competitive and outworking every team we play against. I am looking forward to taking on a newly promoted team when we travel to Kent before we host the team that ended our season last year in local rival Solent.

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