MATCH REPORT: Rocks fall to Cheshire in first game of 2021

REPORT: Glasgow Rocks 64 Cheshire Phoenix 75

by Craig Anderson

It was a case of another game, another loss as Glasgow Rocks’ disappointing start to the season continued, this time beaten 64-75 at home by Cheshire Phoenix.

Phoenix haven’t had a great start to the season themselves so this victory at the Emirates Arena gives them a timely boost as the New Year begins.

Jimbo Lull and Disreaeli Lufadeju put early points on the board for the visitors before Julius Van Sauers and David Mpondo levelled with two point driving layups.

Before Rocks knew it, they were 6-16 behind, as Mike McCall went on a seven-point spree to open a healthy gap.

Christian Keeling cut the gap to eight points by the end of the first quarter, but the home side needed a strong start to bite into the lead.

They did that very thing as Jonny Bunyan (3) and Gareth Murray (2) immediately closed the gap to three points as Glasgow gained some early momentum.

Cheshire settled into the second session, picking up another two before Van Sauers with two free throws and three from Keeling – a free throw and a driving layup – pulled the Rocks level at 18-18 with four minutes gone.

It was cat and mouse for a spell, with Glasgow narrowly going ahead at one point, but Phoenix picked up some momentum, scoring ten points compared to Rocks’ two in the final couple of minutes to open up a 27-36 lead at half time.

Cheshire continued the lead into the third quarter, despite the teams trading points at times, but it was a quarter that was decent enough for the home side, but couldn’t make any headway in closing the gap.

Keeling continued where he left off from his debut last week, picking up eight points in this session however the likes of Kahron Ross did their bit to preserve Cheshire’s advantage as they went into the final quarter eight points in front.

Ross’ pull up three-point jump shot seemed to determine just how this game would play out, despite Rocks’ best efforts and it felt like just as Glasgow were starting to get somewhere, Cheshire hit back.

A three-pointer from Hayes put Phonenix 15 points ahead with 42 seconds to go, but late efforts from Mpondo and Boban Jacdonmi narrowed the deficit to 11 and make the scoreline more respectable, leaving coach Murray with plenty to ponder.

Full game stats HERE.