GAME REPORT: Sluggish first half costs Rocks in defeat to Leicester

Report: Leicester Riders 90 Glasgow Rocks 58

Match report by Craig Anderson

A sluggish first half proved to cost Glasgow Rocks on the road as they suffered a sobering 90-58 loss to Leicester Riders at the Morningside Arena.

Last week’s home win over Sheffield Sharks proved to be a false dawn for Gareth Murray and his men as the Riders got themselves into a good position and never let go of the lead to claim the points.

Marc Kwedi got the opening basket with a turnaround jump shot inside the opening minute, but it kicked off what turned into a disappointment opening quarter.

Zach Jackson hit back with a three point shot, followed by a two point lay-up from Ronald Delph to edge the Rocks in front.

Riders soon added to their tally as Geno Crandall (2) then Corey Johnson (3) were on target and from there, didn’t look back.

The home side surged in front, going 20 points without reply, opening up a 23-4 lead after Keeling, twice and Murray each missed three point efforts.

Glasgow had a mini revival in the closing stages, picking up 10 points in the final couple of minutes to cut the gap to 10, culminating in Keeling’s three point jump shot.

If the latter end of the opening session was to light the fire for Rocks, nobody passed the message on and Leicester put up another nine points without reply and lengthen the gap to 18 points.

It was a quarter to forget as Glasgow just couldn’t find their rhythm, while Leicester looked a constant threat.

Although Julius Van Sauers got a point from a free throw, it took until Riders hit the 40-point mark before Keeling was successful with a basket to show some sign of life.

By the end, Glasgow’s second quarter tally of eight compared the home side’s 25 told its own story and it needed quite the half time speech from Murray.

Whatever was said, it proved to work, in a manner of speaking as Kwedi and Keeling led the charge for the Rocks, but it made no difference in terms of the deficit between the two teams.

Darien Nelson-Henry and Johnson made sure Leicester stayed well ahead and while Glasgow’s 19 point haul was a vast improvement on the previous two sessions, the contest was long finished.

Van Sauers took Glasgow past the 50-point mark halfway through the fourth quarter as they didn’t their best make the scoreline more respectable.

Jamell Anderson got the last word with a three-point jump to take Leicester to 90 and finish a good afternoon’s work and sealing the points in dominant fashion, leaving the Rocks to contemplate the long road home.

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