Our great start to the season has taken a few knocks. However we have a cup final to look forward to and plenty of time to get another winning run going. Here is a summary of December’s games and don’t forget to vote for your Player Of The Month at the end!
December 3rd saw us travel to Surrey for the first leg of the BBL Cup Semi Final. An 8-0 run pushed the Rocks ahead and they continued to hit some big shots. A three from Neil Watson made it 27-34 early in the second quarter. However Surrey hit back with a 10-2 run to move ahead before Kieron Achara netted another three to give the Rocks an advantage going into the half-time break. Back-to-back triples extended the gap to double digits at the midpoint in the third quarter and the Rocks led by as many as 14 points at 50-64. The Scorchers rallied in the final quarter and went on a 9-0 run to close within two. JB stopped a four minute rot with a three but a late score from Taylor ended the game at 79-81 which set up an exciting second leg at the Emirates Arena. Kieron Achara top scored with 24 points, Neil Watson had 16 points and Gareth Murray had 11 points.
Rocks made a strong start to the second leg in front of their home fans with Neil Watson making a triple to put the score to 14-4 in the first quarter. However the Scorchers rallied and went ahead by four by the end of the first to lead the tie on aggregate. The visitors were still up by four with two minutes to go in the half before the Rocks scored the final seven points to lead 45-42 at the break. The Rocks then pulled away in the third with a 15-4 surge. Surrey cut the gap to 10 having trailed by as many as 17, but had a mountain to climb in the final period, which proved to be a tight, low-scoring quarter which enabled Glasgow to secure their place in the Final against the Newcastle Eagles with an aggregate score of 168 – 152. Neil Watson led the way with 18 points and 10 assists, while Kieron Achara amassed 17 rebounds to go with 13 points with five other players reaching double figures in the win, including Lewis Thomas with 13 points.
That game was the Rock’s 12th win in a row and Sterling Davis was awarded the BBL Coach of the Month award. The team also then signed Scotland international Lee Reilly.
The next game once again saw us face Surrey Scorchers. A difficult task to play the same team three times in a row. A win would have taken us to 13 games unbeaten. The best way to summarise this game is through the following graphic.
A bit of a disaster! Neil Watson top scored with 26 points, Anthony Elechi scored 14 points and Kieron Achara had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
However the team soon got back to winning ways against the Manchester Giants. Neil Watson was on fire in the first half with 25 points on 7-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Sterling Davis was able to spread the minutes throughout his roster with the Rocks in control early on. Neil Watson scored eight points in a 12-0 opening before the Giants broke their duck at the mid-point in the first and would remain down by 10 at the end of the first. The home side closed to within three points in the second quarter, but a triple from Kieron Achara and three more from Watson helped Glasgow regain a double-digit lead at the half. The Rocks closed the third period on a 10-0 run to extend their lead beyond 20 points and they were able to close out a comfortable victory in the fourth and took the game 60 – 84. Neil Watson had 25 points, Anthony Elechi had 15 and Lewis Thomas had 11.
The final game of 2016 was in front of a huge home crowd against Cheshire Phoenix. Many predicted Rocks to secure a big win but it was Cheshire who came out on top in an overtime thriller after winning 84-85 in front of the BBC Sport cameras. The visitors had a six-man rotation and had Mike Burton in charge for the game as they prevailed in the extra period for their fourth win of the season. The Rocks led by as many as 10 points in the contest, but lose ground on the top two teams with their third loss of the league campaign. We edged a low-scoring opening period and the advantage was cut to three points at the half-time break. Cheshire went on a 9-0 run in the third to take the lead, but Hayden Lescault pushed the home side back ahead going into the final period. A close final quarter ensued with the lead trading back and forth and with no score in the last two minutes, the game went to overtime. The Rocks started with a 5-0 run but the visitors went on a 10-0 run to complete an impressive victory. Gareth Murray netted 22 points and added 10 rebounds for the Rocks with fellow GB international Kieron Achara limited to just 10 minutes due to injury. Hayden Lescault had 18 points and both Anthony Elechi and Lewis Thomas had 10 points.
It was an up and down month Rocks fans. Who was your player of the month for December?
Who Is Your Player of the Month for December 2016?
- Gareth Murray (39%, 42 Votes)
- Hayden Lescault (33%, 36 Votes)
- Lewis Thomas (13%, 14 Votes)
- Neil Watson (6%, 6 Votes)
- Anthony Elechi (6%, 6 Votes)
- Jonny Bunyan (2%, 2 Votes)
- Kieron Achara (2%, 2 Votes)
- Bantu Burroughs (0%, 0 Votes)
- Yves-Jonathon Ndongala (0%, 0 Votes)
- Boris Matrakov (0%, 0 Votes)
- Lee Reilly (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 108