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Match Report – Bradford Dragons v Reading Rockets

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Bradford Dragons63Loss
Reading Rockets86Win

Following the disappointing loss to Derby the night before, Rockets launched themselves from tip at the Den with a 11-0 blitz thanks to the twin towers of Leome Francis and Liam Davis coupled to a drive and assist from Pau Mayor and a wide shot form Academy starter Asher Ndah. Bradford broke the run but Rockets were soon back at a pace as Nick Richards made a great interception which he followed with a fine stop leaving Rockets in control at 23-9 at the first break.

Richards was again at his defensive best with a block before he received an assist from Francis to score giving Rockets a 30-19 lead mid-way through the second period. Ben Dixon came off the bench to drive and score but with Rockets in team foul trouble , Dragons hit 4 form 4 form the penalty stripe to reduce the deficit to 26- 36 at the interval.

After both Head Coaches had used the interval very effectively a most competitive third quarter was dished up for the supporters. Rockets again launched themselves into the game with a 9-0 opening run but Dragons drained three trebles in this 23-24 period. Again it was encouraging to see Ndah stroke a treble and Matias Boho also hit one as Rockets upped their shooting percentage too. Dixon drove repeatedly for 6 personal points whilst Richards was at the offensive end also hitting 6 personal points. After having to sit out much of the game due to personal foul trouble Davis scored again but the best move of the period was a Dixon block, a fast pass to Richards who returned the assist and Dixon finished with a finger roll. Richards completed Rockets scoring with a long two to secure Rockets lead at 60-49.

Matias Boho made a steal and then stopped Dragons next offence before David Chive made a steal and score. When Ed Potter scored Rockets had continued their excellent start to another quarter with a 8-0 run. Boho stroked a brace of trebles and Chive hit another as Rockets took the final period 26-14 to secure a fine win. Ndah took a charge in the final moments to show Rockets determination to play hard throughout the game.

The victory has secured Rockets place in the Play-off Championship but now they have 3 games to see how high in the league they can finish to establish if they have a home or away quarter final.

Top scorers for Rockets were Leome Francis with 19 points and 10 rebounds as Nick Richards hit 17 points with 7 rebounds, Matias Boho 11 pts and Ben Dixon with 10 pts.

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Details

Date Time League Season
08/03/2020 16:15 NBL Div 1 2019 / 2020

Venue

Bradford College
31 Great Horton Rd, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD7 1AT, UK

Match Report – Derby Trailblazers v Reading Rockets

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Derby Trailblazers104Win
Reading Rockets97Loss

Other than Sam Grant who’s slowly recovering, Head Coach Alan Keane had a full squad for the away double header weekend starting with high flying Derby who were on a winning streak of 5-0.

It proved a tough assignment especially when one of the league’s best players, Malcolm Smith ,was in outstanding form as he poured in 33 points though Rockets pair of Liam Davis and Nick Richards had 27 and 25 points respectively as Rockets fought back from a disappointing opening half (38 -51 ) but took the second half 59- 53 though the victory eluded them.

Derby raced into a 7-0 lead before Liam Davis hit back to back scores though Leome Francis and Ben Dixon were called for offensive fouls on the dangerous Smith. Smith hit 18 of Derby’s 30 first quarter points with their Spanish guard helping himself to 8 including a rare 4 point play as he stroked the penalty point having hit a wide treble when being fouled. Davis scored 10 of Rockets 19 points in this period but Rockets’ lead scorer Nick Richards was kept quiet.

The second quarter began with Richards being his usual influential self , hitting 9 personal points and giving assists around the court. Though Rockets lost this period 19-21, there were signs of increased hope for the travelling supporters as Rockets got to within 6 points adrift of Trailblazers but then missed a score and Trailblazers hit a treble as Rockets trailed 38-51 at the interval.

Derby shot out of the blocks on the re-start as they hit 6 unopposed points to find themselves 19 up and even though Pau Mayor hit a treble , Derby replied immediately with one of their own. Richards stroked a treble as did Matias Boho and Mayor went 3 from 3 from the free throw line before Ben Dixon stroked a treble and Rockets were a much improved team chasing Derby though still being edged out by 29-28 in the third quarter and finding themselves 66-80 down.
Richards had hit double figures and Rockets hit 9 more points than in either of the two first quarters.

An 11-5 run at the start of the final period had Rockets within single figures of Derby as Rockets’ twin towers of Davis and Francis went to work inside hitting 19 points between them . Unfortunately Derby’s Bowman hit back to back trebles to give Trailblazers a 95-83 advantage with 4 minutes remaining. A Mayor assist to Francis followed by a drive by the Spaniard drew Rockets close again and they reduced the deficit to just 5 with just over a minute to go and the Derby supporters were nervous but then a slip by Smith was adjudged a foul and Derby stayed ahead but Rockets were playing much better and finished on a high taking the final period 31-24 .

Rockets top scorers were Liam Davis with 27, Nick Richards with 25, Pau Mayor with 18 and Leome Francis with 12.

Details

Date Time League Season
07/03/2020 19:30 NBL Div 1 2019 / 2020

Venue

Clarence Wiggins Sports Centre
14 Bracknell Dr, Derby DE24 0BP, UK

Match Report – Reading Rockets v Essex & Herts Leopards

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Reading Rockets91Loss
Essex & Herts Leopards97Win

In a pulsating game where the lead changed hands 19 times and the game was tied on 12 occasions, it was only appropriate that a winner was going to have be found in overtime.

With the addition of 3 BBL professional players picked up when London City Capitals went out of business at the end of January, Rockets were only too well prepared for a very different game with Leopards whom they’d beaten in 3 earlier games this season. Elvisi Dusha and Orlan Jackman were awesome throughout the game as Dusha stroked 6 trebles in his games top scorer 34 points whilst Jackman had a double double with 26 points and 12 rebounds though Rockets led the stats in points from turnovers, points in the paint, second chance points and fast break points.

Rockets twin tower offence of Liam Davis and Leome Francis troubled Leopards from tip to buzzer with returning Ed Potter having a great second quarter to keep Rockets within a score at the interval. After an opening period when Nick Richards and Pau Mayor hit trebles, Rockets found themselves adrift by a single point at 20-21 before Potter scored 4 times under the basket as he took down offensive rebounds to see Rockets just 42 – 44 down at the interval after Dusha banked trebles with his first shot of the second quarter and again with a heart wrenching buzzer beating one at the end of the period.

Seven Rockets players scored in the third quarter as Head Coach Alan Keane tried all combinations to stop Leopards sharp shooters whilst also finishing better themselves but Rockets found themselves 5 points adrift for most of this third period before a Leome Francis 3 point play and a buzzer beating Mayor treble saw the deficit exactly the same at 2 down at 62 – 64 as the fourth quarter beckoned.

Rockets were sharply out of the blocks at the start of the final stanza as Francis finished a Rockets fast break to tie the game on 64 with awesome American guard Nick Richards tying it again on 66and 68 before Francis gave Rockets the slenderest of leads at 70 – 69. A Chive steal and finish was quickly followed by a Chive treble and Rockets had opened up a 78 -71 advantage causing Leopards to take a time out with just over 6 minutes of normal game time remaining. Despite Richards efforts a brace of trebles saw Rockets lead drop to just 2 points at 80-78 midway through the quarter but again Potter finished inside . With 2 minutes and 45 seconds left Rockets called a time-out and Matias Boho hit his first 2 points of the game seeing Rockets 3 up with 1 minute 21 to go. Up again comes Dusha with a treble to tie the game on 86 and despite both teams having time and opportunity to secure the win, neither team took them so the first overtime this season lay ahead.

Despite Leopards having possession it was Richards who scored first for Rockets before making a steal scoring and drawing the foul as Rockets enjoyed a 5 point lead at 91 -86 with 2 minutes 44 seconds left on the clock. However a 11-0 finish including a pair of trademark trebles form Leopards gave them the victory in a most entertaining and competitive game which sees Rockets in sixth place in the league with just 5 league games remaining.

Top scorers for Rockets were Nick Richards with 28 pts., 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals as Leome Francis had a double double with 18 pts., and 12 rebounds with Ed Potter doing similar with 14 pts and 10 rebounds and Liam Davis making it three Rockets players with double doubles as he hit 10 pts and took down 11 rebounds .

Details

Date Time League Season
01/03/2020 17:00 NBL Div 1 2019 / 2020

Venue

Rivermead
24 Richfield Ave, Reading, Reading RG1, UK

Match Report – Reading Rockets v Team Solent Kestrels

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Reading Rockets78Loss
Team Solent Kestrels110Win

Having lost to the league champions elect in the National Cup Final 4 weeks earlier, Rockets knew what a talented team would take to the Rivermead court, especially as since that date Kestrels had added another excellent recruit in the form of TrayVonn Wright to their roster. Could Rockets match their south coast rivals now they had both Spaniards returning to the court ?

Truth is that this Solent team is improving with and in each competition and having become the first team from Div.1 to secure a BBL Trophy Cup Final spot having overwhelmed Bristol Flyers at Southampton by 36 pts before losing by ten away, the Kestrels appear to be going from strength to strength with no team looking forward to meeting them in the Championship Play-offs next month.

Rockets opened the scoring as Pau Mayor finished with a floater though Solent his three consecutive goals to edge ahead. The outstanding Nick Richards drove for the first of his scores before Liam Davis struck Rockets first treble to regain the lead at 7-6 though that was the last time the Berkshire outfit led despite the valiant efforts of Richards who was the games’ top scorer with 27 points and a subsequent winner of the Nando’s Impact Player of the Game. The game was being played at a fast pace with clinical finishing from Solent who were between 55 and 72% across all scoring stats. Richards stroked a brace of trebles to keep Rockets in touch at the end of the first period though adrift 21-29 but then Kestrels had a 32-15 second quarter to go the locker room 61-36 ahead after commanding the boards and hitting three more trebles as they took control of the game.

Head Coach Alan Keane used the fifteen minute break to correct and re-direct his chargers with Leome Francis scoring six points and competing on the boards as the returning Spaniard Matias Boho stroked a treble but Solent again took the quarter 26-16 with a buzzer beating treble to lead 87-52.

In line with Rockets mantra of giving the young academy guys plenty of court time, it was good to see them contributing with scores and assists against such quality opposition . Rockets scored 50% of their points in the final period moving from 52 to 78 as Mayor and Davis hit 8 points each though Solent hit another 4 trebles to secure another victory and extend their unbeaten run in this Division back to Feb 2019, some awesome record. The final score was 78-110 with Rockets top scorers being Nick Richards with 27 pts., 5 rebounds and a block as Liam Davis hit 15 pts., and took down 6 rebounds and Leome Francis had 11 pts., and took down 8 rebounds. Pau Mayor had 10 pts.,, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

Details

Date Time League Season
23/02/2020 17:00 NBL Div 1 2019 / 2020

Venue

Rivermead
24 Richfield Ave, Reading, Reading RG1, UK

Match Report – Leicester Warriors v Reading Rockets

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Leicester Warriors83Win
Reading Rockets71Loss

An already injury stricken Rockets side travelled to the Midlands having just heard that joint captain Ed Potter was out with an injury and the ever improving Kivuvu Live was sick. Pau Mayor was shirted up and was keen to try out his Achilles strain but Matias Boho’ knee injury continues.

Warriors opened up an 8-2 gap within the opening exchanges before Nick Richards took down his own offensive rebound to get Rockets troubling the scoreboard. Recent signing Leome Francis had a personal following as he was previously with nearby Northampton and he scored five quick points with an inside move, a coast to coast score and a penalty point to level the game on nine each. The scores were tied on 11 and 13 before Rockets went on a 11-3 finishing run as part of a 20-5 run to lead at the first break 24-16.

Warriors took the second quarter 20-13 having begun this period with a 7-0 run before a Richards tip in kept Rockets ahead by a single point. Academy youngster David Chive stroked the first of his three trebles but Rockets soon found themselves in team foul trouble from which Warriors capitalised. Another Academy player David Obediah took an assist from Liam Davis to score before Davis made a key tip in himself. With the game in a nip and tuck phase, it was anyone’s guess as to who would lead at the interval but that honour fell to Rockets with the slenderest of margins at 37-36.

Warriors’ American guard T J Henderson was on fire as he stroked trebles from all round the arc as Warriors hit Rockets with a storm taking the quarter 31-11 having hit five trebles in this time as Rockets turned the ball over and just couldn’t finish even within a foot of the basket. With a score line of 48-67 it was going to take an almighty effort from Rockets to take the victory in the final period but when Chive hit a treble and Richards drove to score, Warriors looked a little concerned. However Rockets missed four from four from the line whilst Warriors hit all theirs so Rockets found themselves adrift by 17 points after just over three minutes of the final stanza at 54-71. Davis picked up too many fouls so together with Chive was fouled out of the game but Richards and Francis worked tirelessly to keep Rockets close as with Rockets having won the home game by 15 points, with the league being so tight, Rockets wanted to keep the head to head should the league points be level in late March. This they did after Head Coach Alan Keane called his final time -out as a reminder and the guys not only stopped Warriors but also saw Francis score leaving the deficit at the buzzer just twelve at 71-83.

Rockets find themselves in a scramble with 6 other teams vying for a home tie in the Play-offs when they hope to have a fully fit squad .

Top scorers for Rockets were Nick Richards with 26 pts., 7 rebounds and 6 steals with both Rockets’ big guys having double doubles as Liam Davis scored 14 pts., and took down 11 rebounds whilst Leome Francis hit 13 pts., and took down 13 rebounds though Warriors American guards was supreme on the day as he hit 40 pts., took down 9 rebounds and made 5 assists

Details

Date Time League Season
15/02/2020 15:00 NBL Div 1 2019 / 2020

Venue

Braunstone LC
A47, Leicester, Leicester LE3 1JN, UK