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Match Report – Reading Rockets v Bradford Dragons

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Reading Rockets100Win
Bradford Dragons60Loss

With both teams suffering recent heavy defeats and tumbling down the table at a time when both are seeking Play-off Championship places,  they knew that one of them would be encouraged and strive for that elusive place and hopefully home advantage in this most competitive of leagues where 4 games finished within 2 points of each other the night before.

The ever improving American A J Carr hit a treble, had a tip in and stroked one free throw in the opening minutes though Dragons stirred up some fire to level on 8 points each. Rockets had worked all week on their defence as identified as ‘ not up to standard ‘ by Head Coach Alan Keane after recent losses. , and how that showed as they pressurised Dragons from tip to buzzer. 16 yo David Chive hit a treble, took an assist from Sydney Donaldson to make another 3 point play before Tanner Kuehn hit a step back treble to see Rockets lead 21-15 at the first break.

Chive was quickly out of the traps as he made a steal, went coast to coast and scored with the opening offensive of period two before he sent an assist to Kuehn to score and give Rockets a double digit lead at 25-15, something they were to extend significantly as they cruised the quarter 33-13 having a 54-28 lead at the interval. Both Carr and  Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo hit wide trebles and Kuehn sent an exquisite bounce pass to his captain Danny Carter to score with a slam dunk. When Donaldson went off the glass Rockets enjoyed a twenty point advantage and then Chive hit another treble this time from the top of the key.

Dragons had been stirred during the interval as Ricky Fetske stroked three consecutive trebles though Donaldson, Chive and Carr replied for Rockets but Dragons took the quarter 25-19 reducing Rockets lead to 73-53 despite a big Carr rejection and a Carter spin fake score.

The fourth quarter saw Rockets imperious from beyond the arc as they stroked five trebles in a 27-7 final push as they secured a key 100-60 victory. Nine of Rockets players scored in this period with the biggest appreciation coming as the academy youngsters all scored  with 16 yo  James Jolly hitting the 100 point score on the buzzer as he finished a fine Rockets move. Adrian O’Sullivan had had ten minutes court time in his first game for 5 weeks hitting a brace of trebles in this period whilst Trae Pemberton  delved deep to hit a pair of downtown trebles too. And Adrian Nosa sank a big treble moments before Academy youngster David Obediah scored to loud applause from the appreciative supporters.

Though A J Carr yet again top scored for Rockets with 28 pts.,and 8 rebounds, it was the 16 yo David Chive who had his best game of the season to date as he scored 18 pts., took down 4 rebounds, made 5 steals and had 4 assists to complete an excellent performance. Sydney Donaldson hit 11 pts.,made 4 assists and 3 steals whilst Trae Pemberton hit 10 pts.

Rockets stay in 7th place in the table but have 2 games in hand over the 4th and 5th placed teams so everything to play for in the final 7 weeks of the league season.

Details

Date Time League Season
17/02/2019 17:00 NBL Division 1 2018 / 2019

Venue

Rivermead
24 Richfield Ave, Reading, Reading RG1, UK

Rockets looking to slay Dragons on the back of three game losing streak

Reading Rockets (9-7) will be looking to put their three game losing streak behind them this weekend when they take on Bradford Dragons (6-10) on Sunday afternoon, 5pm tip-off at Rivermead Leisure Centre. Rockets succumbed to defeat last time out, suffering a 93-78 loss at the hands of Essex Leopards (10-8) who leapfrogged the Berkshire outfit in the NBL Division One table with the Reading team slipping to seventh with 10 regular season games remaining.

Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane was disappointed to see his team give up 90+ points for a third consecutive game and highlights that the defensive end is key for the group moving forward. He said,

“Sunday’s loss to Essex was a disappointing result and outcome for us but there were moments of really positive play from and we will take those moments and try to build on them and move forward accordingly. The key thing for us is everyone needs to be accountable to defence and that’s starts with on ball defence and defending the ball together, this is our urgent focus this week and we will look to make steps with this ahead of the visit of a good Bradford team this weekend.”

Sunday’s meeting will be the second time to two teams have competed this season with the Rockets earning a hard fought victory in Bradford by 95 points to 89 in the reverse fixture. The Reading team won the series last season, beating the Dragons at home 95-74 in league play but losing out in the away fixture 82-67 before securing an 89-78 win the play-off quarter-finals. Sunday’s visitors to Reading are on a difficult run themselves having lost their last five games so something will have to give this weekend between the two sides.

Rockets go into Sunday’s clash hoping that point guard Adrian O’Sullivan will be able to play some part in this weekend’s match-up. The 25 year old has been out for four weeks with an ankle injury but has begun light training and may be available for Sunday’s game. 16 year old Sam Grant will however remained sidelined but an x-ray revealed no fracture in his injured ankle so the 6’7 forward should return to the fold in a few weeks time.

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Preview: Rockets looking to bounce back from Trophy semi-final defeat

Reading Rockets (9-5) will be looking to make amends for their National Trophy exit at the hands of Loughborough Riders last weekend when they face Leicester Warriors (5-11) at home on Saturday. The Rockets were soundly beaten in their semi-final game as the reigning National Cup champions secured their place in their second final of the season defeating the Reading outfit 66-91 at the John Madejski Academy.

Rockets secured an away win at Leicester (96-82) late last year and will be hoping for a full house at Rivermead this Saturday afternoon. Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane was disappointed to see his team comfortably defeated but knows his team must bounce back and be ready for a physical contest this weekend. He said: “This weekend we welcome a talented Leicester side to Reading who have shown good form of late and have a deep, talented roster, so we are expecting a tough test. We envisage a physical game, especially on the boards and in the paint, an area we have shown strength in however this could be negated by the Leicester side, so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top as we look to bounce back. We will continue to try and play our style of game and impose ourselves especially at the defensive end which will in turn fuel our offence.”

Rockets head into this weekend with a couple of injury concerns. Point guard Adrian O’Sullivan has been sidelined over the last three weeks with an ankle sprain and looks set to remain out of action until next week at the earliest. Under 18 Sam Grant who has been in a rich vein of form of late joins O’Sullivan on the treatment table after injuring his ankle in an Under 18 game last weekend and looks set for a spell on the sidelines. Better news for captain Danny Carter as he made it through last weekend’s defeat to Loughborough without any further back complications with Ronan O’Sullivan now fully fit and available for selection for the Berkshire club.

New signing Tanner Kuehn will make his NBL Division One debut after featuring in last weekend’s National Trophy semi-final. The 22 year old most recently played in NCAA Division Two for Purdue Northwest and joins the Reading team before the transfer deadline on January 31st.

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Rockets to take on National Cup champions in Trophy semi-final

Reading Rockets will play for a place in the National Trophy final this weekend when they take on the new National Cup champions Loughborough Riders on Sunday afternoon in Reading. Due to venue issues, the game will have to be played at the club’s training facility, the John Madejski Academy due to Rivermead being unavailable once again (5pm tip-off). This has limited capacity so if you want to ensure of a ticket contact the Basketball Hotline today 0118 926-3040 or email tickets@readingrockets.co.uk

Rockets topped their National Trophy pool after securing wins over Thames Valley Cavaliers and Hemel Storm whilst the Riders were victorious over Leicester Warriors and Nottingham Wildcats to reach the last four. The East Midlands outfit will be buoyed by their National Cup triumph last weekend as they beat current NBL Division One league leaders Team Solent Kestrels by 82 points to 63.

Reading Head Coach Alan Keane is looking forward to this weekend’s semi-final match up but knows it will be a tough game especially with Loughborough riding the wave of their National Cup win. The Rockets play-caller said,

“Loughborough really showed their true class during Sunday’s final so they will be a tough opponent for us this weekend. I had a good chance to look at them so I am hoping with great preparation as well as committing to everything we have been doing, we can be ready to compete with them for forty minutes.

“We have been making steady progressions this season and I like where we are at right now because there is a lot more to come from the group and there really isn’t any barriers stopping us this weekend so I am really looking forward to seeing what we can do against the Riders on Sunday.”

Rockets will be looking to reach their seventh National Trophy final in their 21 year history for a chance to win a record sixth title in the prestigious competition. On the injury front, the Reading outfit go into the game with some better injury news. Irishman Ronan O’Sullivan who has been out of action with a long term wrist injury looks set to return and will provide Coach Keane with some much needed depth. Captain Danny Carter has benefited from a week off and should return to the line-up but will continue to nurse a long standing back issue. With Rockets Under 18s in action the day before, the Berkshire outfit should have a fully fit team as they pursue their first final since the 2015-2016 season.