Rocks start off BBL Cup weekend with win over Riders

Rocks took the convincing 101-81 win on Friday night, defeating 2018 BBL Champions Leicester Riders, giving them some much-needed confidence going into Sunday’s BBL Cup Final against London Lions.

Rocks kicked off the game with a 10-0 start over the visitors thanks in no small part to the work of Ali Fraser who scored 5 points in the early going. This quickly forced Riders coach, Rob Paternostro into a timeout.

Ali Fraser would go on to score 9 more points in the quarter but the Riders would begin to catch up. After the end of the first quarter Rocks led Riders 28-22.

Rocks kept up the tempo in the second half as guards, Greg Pryor and Tadas Rinkunas checked into the game and made an immediate impact off the bench, each opening their scoring tally with 5 points in the quarter. Rocks were still very much in control at the end of the first half as they went to the locker room up 53-42.

Coming out of the break, Rocks would pull away from the visitors as Bouna Ndiaye would get in on the action with 10 points in the quarter to give Rocks a 21-point lead at the end of the third quarter.

Riders showed no signs of getting back into the game in the final quarter, allowing Greg Pryor to take over in the fourth, as we went on to score 9 points to ice the game for the Rocks at home.

When it was all said and done Rocks go into the weekend with a 101-81 win over Leicester. 5 players finished in double figures for Rocks with Ali Fraser leading the way with 20 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds. Greg Pryor also finished with 19 points on the game.

Rocks now travel to Birmingham to take on the London Lions in the BBL Cup Final on Sunday.