We’ve just won our 10th game in a row. A new franchise record. Sitting 3rd place in the BBL table. A semi final this weekend. It’s a good time to be a Rocks fan! Have a read of November’s summary and vote for your Supporters Club Player of the Month!
First up for the Rocks was a visit to Leeds Force. A team we beat earlier in the season but it wasn’t by any means easy. Leeds Force seem to be a team that the Rocks don’t match up well against.
The start of the game gave no indication of who would come out on top. Rocks raced into a 10-0 lead as they held the hosts scoreless for the opening four minutes before Leeds emerged from a timeout to respond with the next 8 points, sparked by a Jack Isenbarger three-pointer.
A 13-3 start to the second quarter in which Robert Sandoval scored seven, gave Force their biggest lead of the game at 28-23, but once Rocks got it back to 30-29 soon after on Lescault’s triple, the nature of the game changed.
From that point, midway through the second quarter, the teams were never separated by more than one shot until the final minute. As they traded baskets throughout, the second half saw twelve lead changes and the teams tied on seven occasions, until Hayden Lescault took over.
He made a three-pointer with 3.29 to play and went on to hit nine consecutive points to give Rocks a 62-70 lead inside the final minute. Lescault led all scorers with 17 points and was supported by another solid Kieron Achara performance of 14 points and 7 rebounds. It was a sixth straight win for the Rocks and they have now won nine of the ten meetings between these teams in the BBL.
The following game was an away BBL Cup quarter final against the Sheffield Sharks. Sharks missed their first six shots of the game as they fell behind 0-7 before Sharks new signing Rashawn Rembert made his first three to help his new team settle and close to within two at 14-16. Sheffield took the lead early in the second as a tight battle began to ensue with the Rocks able to go into half-time with a slender advantage. It was more of the same when play resumed for the second half with both teams exchanging leads throughout the period. Five straight points from Gareth Murray would give the Rocks the edge again ahead of the final 10 minutes. The prospect of overtime loomed with the teams tied at 55-55 with 5:23 following a basket from Mike Tuck, but that would be Sheffield’s last score for over five minutes as Glasgow made a killer 12-0 run. Hayden Lescault scored seven of his 15 points in another big performance down the stretch in the decisive 12-0 spell for the Rocks. Gareth Murray ended the game with 15 points and the Rocks advanced to a semi final with Surrey Scorchers.
Next up was a home game against the Wolves. The Rocks recovered from a slow start to record their eighth straight victory in all competitions with an 82-77 success against Worcester Wolves. The team were boosted by a balanced scoring effort with all 7 players scoring at least 8 points in the win, led by Neil Watson’s 21-point haul. Hayden Lescault added an all-round display of 8 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists with Anthony Elechi netting 18 points.
Wolves led by as many as nine in the opening half, but the Rocks began to make their shots from downtown and cut the gap to two heading into the interval. Watson fired the Rocks ahead in the third with 8 straight points and his side would have the advantage going into the final 10 minutes. Watson netted another couple of big scores from downtown in the fourth, but the Wolves stayed with their opponents and were still within two before a 7-0 run proved decisive.
The unbeaten Riders were next. This was a game that many had pencilled in to be the most important game of the season so far. The Rocks were on a good run, but they had only played one of the top 4 teams once, and lost. How would we match up against the Riders and their pantomime villain Rob Paternostro? How would Neil Watson perform against his old club?
Riders edged the opening quarter by four and doubled their advantage by the midpoint in the second. The home side responded with a 9-2 run and moved ahead by three at the half-time break. Rider’s Brandon Clark scored 14 points in a row early in the third as the Riders opened up a nine-point gap on their opponents. The Rocks battled to stay in contention and would face an 8-point deficit ahead of the final 10 minutes.
However the team scored 6 straight midway through the fourth and tied the game with a crucial three from Hayden Lescault which sparked a 10-0 run to lead 88-81. Leicester cut the gap to four before Watson connected with his first 3-pointer and scored his side’s final seven points to secure a big win for the Rocks. That win made it nine in a row across all competitions for the Rocks which was a current club record. Neil Watson scored 24 points and made some important baskets late in the game. Gareth Murray contributed 18 points and Hayden Lescault scored 13. #WeRide? Don’t think so – more like #HorsedAgain.
The final game of November was an away trip to Cheshire Phoenix. The Rocks continued their brilliant start to the season as they collected a comfortable 88-67 victory Phoenix who continue to struggle at the other end of the table. With 10 wins in a row the Rocks set another new club record as well as a best ever seven road wins in succession.
It was the backcourt combo of Neil Watson and Hayden Lescault who set the tone as the guard duo shared 36 points. This was complemented by a double double in the frontcourt by Lewis Thomas who accumulated 14 points and 10 rebounds. Rocks were always on the front foot from tip to buzzer as the gap became ever wider as the game unfolded.
It’s been a fun month Rocks fans! Vote for your November Player of the Month below!
Who Is Your Player of the Month for November 2016?
- Hayden Lescault (45%, 61 Votes)
- Neil Watson (41%, 56 Votes)
- Gareth Murray (4%, 6 Votes)
- Lewis Thomas (4%, 5 Votes)
- Yves-Jonathon Ndongala (1%, 2 Votes)
- Anthony Elechi (1%, 2 Votes)
- Jonny Bunyan (1%, 2 Votes)
- Boris Matrakov (1%, 1 Votes)
- Bantu Burroughs (0%, 0 Votes)
- Kieron Achara (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 135