Struggling Worcester Wolves travelled north to pay a visit to the Emirates in the BBL Championship, as both your Glasgow Rocks and the visitors were looking for win number 2 of the season.
It was a tough start for the Rocks as they were right at the rim with bigs, Ali Fraser and Kieron Achara gobbling up the rebounds but unable to put the ball through the hoop. Gareth Murray was first to score in the game as he came off a beautiful screen and pop to hit the fall-away three and get the foul, giving Rocks a 4-point play.
Glasgow showed flashes of rock-solid defence early on in the opening period, something the team were looking to improve on after 5 consecutive defeats. Those flashes would need to become the norm if the boys in blue wanted to come out on top.
A beautiful block from Bo Zeigler summed up the defensive effort from not just the Rocks, but the game as a whole. Neither Wolves nor Rocks managing to pull away, both teams were having to work hard.
After a stellar return on the fadeaway three from Jordan Wheelan, Rocks climbed out to their biggest lead of the quarter, up 5 and closed out the quarter up 25-20 over Worcester Wolves.
Turnovers were an issue to start the second quarter for the hosts, the lead was still at 5 but Rocks were unable to build upon that. As if by fate, Wolves too became plagued by turnovers that allowed Glasgow to extend the lead to nine.
After trading baskets, Johnny Bunyan was able to drop his first bucket of the night and give Rocks their first double digit lead. The lead continued as Rocks had it all their own way midway through the second period as the Worcester defence was unable to slow the Glasgow attack down.
Everything was falling for the Rocks late in the first half. Achara threw up an unbalanced post move that resulted in the ball rolling around the rim and dropping. Despite the hot offense, Ali Fraser was in personal foul trouble as he warranted his 3rd personal, sending him to the bench.
A 7-0 run from Worcester changed the feeling in the Emirates, coming out of nowhere, Rocks coach Darryl Wood watched his comfortable 18 point lead diminish, forcing him into a timeout with 1:30 left in the half.
Worcester ended the half on an 11-2 run relinquished Rocks’ control over the game as the Glasgow side led 46-38 going into the locker-room.
A strong start from the hosts got Glasgow off to a 10-3 run, giving the Wolves something to worry about. Despite the hot start from the Rocks, Ali Fraser was unable to put any real meaningful minutes on the floor as his foul trouble got worse.
Adam Thoesby, a usual three-point threat, was unable to punish the Rocks on all the open looks they left him with, with just 4 points, it was a very quiet night for the England international. However, teammate Darrell Combs was making up for it as he was an offensive threat the whole night.
Two points is two points no matter how the come, dunks, layups or jumpshots, they all count. Filip Kramer, however, took a different approach as he still managed to score lying on his back… (yes, really!)
Bunyan was a man of hitting milestone leads on Sunday night, giving Rocks their first double digit lead, he notched up his second basket to put his side over the 20 point mark.
Bunyan ended the quarter with a rainbow shot, his Rocks leading 74-49 over the Wolves.
After ending the third quarter on a 14-0 run, Wood will be looking for his men to maintain their level of excellence and extend the Glasgow lead. Bouna Ndiaye had himself a night, sitting at 24 points early in the final quarter, he regained Rocks’ 25 point lead.
It became the Bouna show as he went back to back makes, stretching the Glasgow lead over the woeful Wolves.
Tempers flared in frustration for the traveling Wolves as Darrel Combs picked up a technical foul and threw his towel in anger as he was subbed off, garnering a big boo from the Emirates crowd.
Murray Hendry checked into the game, making his BBL debut in the final quarter. With 4 minutes remaining, he had the chance to make an immediate impact.
Rocks closed the game out on some smothering defence, being led by Bouna Ndiaye’s 26 points, they claimed win number 2 as they took down Worcester Wolves 89-61.
Rocks will play host to Plymouth Raiders next weekend as they look to even up the series between the two teams.
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