GAME REPORT: Rocks battle against London Lions but fail to make Trophy final

By Alan Caldwell

Glasgow Rocks 89 – 109 London Lions

The Rocks battle back against the London Lions in the second leg of the BBL trophy semi-final, but it’s not enough as the deficit from the first leg is enough to see the Lions go through to the final on an aggregate score of 198-155.

Coming off a loss last time out in Sunday’s first leg of the semi-final down at the Copper Box, the Rocks looked a lot more aggressive and played with more pace in the second leg.

The first quarter brought promising signs for the Rocks as Gareth Murray opened up the scoring by draining a corner three, something that the Rocks had been struggling with in the recent weeks.

The Rocks continued to be aggressive in the first quarter of this one with Delph already having two blocks to his name, it was him and Keeling who continued the first quarter scoring off a made dunk from Delph and a three pointer from Keeling.

Another positive for the Rocks in the first quarter was Van Sauers who opened up the game with a quick seven which saw him make three highly contested layups and go to the line where he shot one of two on his free throws.

Despite the good start, London’s array of players allows them to bring on changes from the bench as they up the tempo going into the end of the first quarter, they find themselves up 27-15 on Robinson’s quick nine points.

The second quarter unfortunately for the Rocks doesn’t seem to slow London down as Williams makes a long two point jump shot, followed by a three.

Despite the fast start to the second quarter by London, the Rocks manage to keep up the pace with them as Boban Jacdonmi came off the bench to get six points on the board and give the team some extra scoring.

The second quarter continued to be a success for the Rocks as Christian Keeling went on a mini 6-0 run by himself, making two pull up jumpers and going to the line for two three throws, he cut the London lead down to just eight points on the night with just over three minutes left in the second quarter.

Going into the interval the Rocks continue to fight there way back into the contest with Isa Brandon beating the buzzer and Jacdonmi continuing to be aggressive in the paint.

At half-time, the Lions lead the ball game up 50-42, in what was a close encounter between both teams so far, with Jacdonmi going 5/6 off the bench to give him 10 points at the break, he was the Rocks leading scorer on the night only to be tipped by Dirk Williams who had 14 points at the half.

The Rocks continued their resurgence in the third quarter as a three by Bunyan and four quick points from Keeling continued Glasgow’s good shooting on the night. Keeling continued to be a threat early on in the second half as he threw the lob up for Delph to finish on an emphatic alley-opp, followed by another made jump shot to give him 15 points on an impressive 6/9 shooting.

Despite the Rocks good shooting in the third quarter, the Lions had a reply to each of there baskets with Williams adding another 11 points in the quarter to his game high 26 points through the first three quarters.

The third quarter ended with the Lions going on an 18-9 run in the last five minutes of the quarter to give them a 79-64 lead on the night and seemingly book their place in the final of the BBL Trophy.

Despite this the Rocks continue to battle in to the fourth quarter not letting up on the Lions, Keeling continues to have an impressive scoring night making another jump shot to give him a team high 17 points. He and Delph continue to develop their games in their first year with the Rocks as Delph who again finished with a near double double (14pts 8rebounds) on 6-9 shooting.

With the tie already wrapped up going into the fourth quarter, the Lions extend the lead to end the game, with Kevin Ware hitting an incredible six three pointers in the fourth quarter.

A much better scoring night for the Rocks with 52% shooting on field goals and six players in double digit scoring on the night, it still wasn’t enough to stop London’s fire power though, as they win 108-89 to advance to the final.

The Rocks now focusing on their next game will be getting ready for back to back contests up against the Wolves.

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