Although this Player of the Month review is for October, we can’t miss out the first game of the season when we visited the Manchester Giants on 26th September. The opening quarter went the Rock’s way and ended 2 – 15 and the team never looked back, coming out 56 – 90 winners. Neil Watson led five different scorers in double figures with 21 points on his Rocks debut, while Anthony Elechi added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Hayden Lescault chipped in with 12 points.
Moving into October, our first home game of the season saw the Newcastle Eagles visit Glasgow. Rocks took an early 17 – 14 lead after the first 10 minutes with Anthony Elechi scoring 8 points in a row. However it was the Eagles who started the 2nd quarter brightly and then went on a 9 – 2 run to take the score to 27 – 34. Some good play by both Jackman and Martin of the Eagles meant the Rocks were going in to the 4th quarter needing to make up an 11 point deficit. However the Eagles kept pushing and managed to stop the Rocks getting back into the game. Neil Watson’s 3 pointer managed to get the Rocks to within 5 points but the Eagles held their nerve and took the win. Again. Anthony Elechi top scored for the rocks with 20 points, Neil Watson had 18 points and Kieron Achara chipped in with 15 points.
Next up for the team was a home game against Leeds Force in the quarter finals of the BBL Cup. Some fans thought this should be a straight forward win, but in typical Rocks fashion it wasn’t as easy as predicted. It was a low scoring first quarter with Leeds coming out 12 – 15 winners. However two dunks from Gareth Murray helped the Rocks to a single digit lead at half time. The 3rd quarter saw a continual change of leads and the teams were tied on 56 points going into the 4th. Neil Watson scored 9 points early in the 4th to give Rocks the lead, but Leeds pushed back and were ahead by 1 point with 4 minutes to go. With Kieron Achara and Neil Watson hitting important 3 pointers in a 12 – 2 run for the Rocks, the team were able to hold on for victory and took the game 82 – 77. Gareth Murray was top scorer with 21 points, Neil Watson with 19 points and Hayden Lescault with 15 points.
After a couple of home games it was time for the Rocks to take on a double header away weekend. First up was a trip to the Worcester Wolves – a place where the Rocks had not won since 2010. The game looked to be following a similar pattern as the team got off to a slow start (9 point deficit after the 1st) but an impressive 2nd quarter (starting with a 12 – 0 run) meant the Rocks were ahead by 13 points at the break. The Wolves chipped away at the Rocks lead but never got within 9 points and the team took the win 81 – 94. Kieron Achara was instrumental with 26 points and 9 rebounds while Anthony Elechi contributed 20 points and Hayden Lescault scored 16.
The second game of the away double header saw the team head to Surrey, a side captained by previous Rock Tayo Ogedengbe. Rocks dominated the 1st quarter with a 16 – 4 run to open an early 24 – 15 lead. However Will Neighbour of Surrey hit a trio of 3 pointers in the 2nd quarter in a 15 – 2 run for Surrey which saw them going in 41 – 37 at the break. However Rocks produced an impressive 3rd quarter (something we are not used to seeing!) scoring 30 points, helped by an important JB 3 pointer, and heading in to the 4th quarter with the score at 57 – 67. Surrey managed to cut the gap to 5 points but the Rocks stood firm and stopped Surrey scoring for 4 minutes. They then scored 8 points in a row to take a 75 – 62 lead into the last 4 minutes and eventually came out 69 – 84 winners. Kieron Achara and Hayden Lescault both scored 18 points and Lewis Thomas put in an impressive performance off the bench scoring 17 points.
Next up for the team was a double home weekender, with the Sheffield Sharks coming to town first. The Rocks usually have a difficult time against the Sharks but a poor Sharks team and a good Rocks performance saw us take our 4th league win of the season. Neil Watson started brightly and scored 11 points in the 1st quarter. This also took him past 1000 BBL Championship points in the process as the Rocks ended the quarter 25 – 16 ahead. Their lead grew to as much as 16 points in the 2nd quarter before the Sharks cut the gap with 10 straight points in a row. The teams went into the break with the Rocks ahead by 10 points. A strong 3rd quarter saw the Rocks hold Sheffield to just 8 points and the team went ahead by 24 points. A late battle in the 4th by Sheffield wasn’t enough to unsettle the Rocks and they took the game 78 – 61. Both Hayden Lescault and Neil Watson had 16 points and Lescault also had 9 assists. Gareth Murray had 11 points.
Our final game for October was against the Bristol Flyers. It was another + 1 in the W coloumn as the team now sit at a 5 – 1 record in the league. The Rocks made a solid start to the game and opened a 6 point lead at the end of the first quarter. A 3 pointer from Neil Watson saw the Rocks’ lead hit double figures but a 3 on the buzzer from the Flyers saw the lead reduced to 6 points at the half. Bristol continued to work hard and closed the gap to within 1 point in the 3rd quarter but the Rocks re-gained control and lead by 13 points going into the 4th. An 8-0 run at the start of the 4th saw the Rocks take a 20+ points advantage and the crowd happily cheered as the team secured their 5th league win. Neil Watson top scored with 20 points and 5 assists and Hayden Lescault added 19 points. Gareth Murray also chipped in with 14 points.
Who takes your October Player of the Month award? Vote below!
Who Is Your Player Of The Month For October?
- Hayden Lescault (41%, 42 Votes)
- Neil Watson (36%, 37 Votes)
- Gareth Murray (10%, 10 Votes)
- Anthony Elechi (6%, 6 Votes)
- Lewis Thomas (5%, 5 Votes)
- Bantu Burroughs (1%, 1 Votes)
- Kieron Achara (1%, 1 Votes)
- Jonny Bunyan (0%, 0 Votes)
- Jordan Clarke (0%, 0 Votes)
- Boris Matrakov (0%, 0 Votes)
- Yves Jonathan Ndogala (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 102