GAME REPORT: Important 11 point win for Rocks over Sheffield

Report: Glasgow Rocks 65 Sheffield Sharks 54

Match Report by Craig Anderson

An 18-point haul from Boban Jacdonmi helped Glasgow Rocks to their second win of the league season, defeating Sheffield Sharks 65-54.

It was a long timing coming and for Gareth Murray, a much needed success which left the home players smiling after a tough run of six straight losses.

#He sent a statement of intent with his opening five as David Mpondo, Marc Kwedi and Murray were joined by the newest members of the team in Ronald Delph and Christian Keeling.

Antwon Lillard and Mpndo traded early points in a low scoring first quarter, with Nick Lewis adding to Sheffield’s tally with a two-point driving lay-up.

Murray and Kwedi each finished off jump shots and the first session ended all square with both teams locked at 8-8.

Jacdonmi got his first two points to put the Rocks ahead early io the second session, adding another eight points as the period went on. Before the home team knew it, they were 18-11 in front.

Kipper Nichols and Jeremy Helmsley got points back for Sharks, but Glasgow were starting to put a marker down on the game.

Mpdono (2), Julius Van Sauers (4) and another couple from Jacdonmi kept the Rocks in front and despite Helmsley’s lay-up, Murray’s men were ahead by five at half time.

It wasn’t long before Delph and Keeling made an impact on the game and they duly delivered, putting up 11 points between them to keep Sheffield at bay in the third quarter.

A driving lay-up from Helmsley got the visitors to within four points, Isa Brandon finished one off with 34 seconds to go in the third and Rocks edged the session to increase their lead to six.

An early drive by Sheffield narrowed the gap as Helmsley picked three points and two from Lillard, despite Keeling’s two points as Sharks started to gain ground.

Jacdonmi and Keeling kept the pressure off, delivering when they needed to and as the final quarter went on, Rocks had opened up a ten-point lead at 55-45 with just over four minutes to go.

Sharks called a timeout to try and salvage something from the game, but the contest slipped away as Mpondo weighed in with five points in the final stages.

A late Lillard dunk closed the gap to 11 in the final seconds, but it was the home team who left the court in great spirits as the run of defeats was finally snapped.

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