Rockets finish preseason on the road!

Rockets travelled to their second away game of their 3 game pre-season preparation with a tip to Colchester where they played Essex Rebels. This followed a trip to Guildford where they were hosted by BBL outfit Surrey Scorchers coupled to their only home game against Team USA Select. 

An overwhelming victory in front of a sellout crowd at Loddon Valley was followed with tight affairs against Scorchers and Rebels where they lost by 4 and 6 points respectively though Head Coach gained much knowledge of his 3 new recruits, Mitch Clarke, Elijah Maynard and Christian Alexander. Rockets blooded a pair of new Academy players of  16 year olds Lorenzo Elliott and Harry Millbank who did themselves proud at their first exposure of the senior game.

Mitch Clarke of Reading Rockets. Essex Rebels VS Reading Rockets in preseason action!

In the inla game of this trio last Saturday Rockets shot out of the blocks with a brilliant team play which Mitch Clarke finished with a treble. Captain Lewis Champion showed his defensive qualities by taking a charge before returning Fin Porter did what he does best by scoring inside. When Zack Powell hit a treble off another outstanding team move, Rockets were clearly in charge. A Clarke steal and coast to coast coupled to a Porter sin score saw Rockets with a double digit lead . Clarke impressed from the free throw line with 3 from 3 as Head Coach Samit Nuruzade played all his team and Rockets went to the first break 21-13 ahead. 

Young Millbank and a new senior Isaac Round hit back to back trebles early in the second quarter but Rebels now found their feet and the game was now more competitive, just as the league will be when it starts hence the value to both teams and Head Coaches. Rockets stayed ahead to edge the first half 38-37 thanks mainly to a brace of trebles form Powell and Clarke.

The third period saw the game tied for the first time on 44 each but the first Rebels treble saw them capture the advantage. Rockets missed some lay-ups and shots and found themselves on the wrong side of a 51-58 scoreline as the final quarter beckoned. 

Elijah Maynard of Reading Rockets. Essex Rebels VS Reading Rockets in preseason action!

A Round treble reduced the deficit to 2 points before Clarke saw Rockets to a single point deficit at 60-61. Free throw conversions took Rebels ahead again by 69-62 before they sunk a treble to have a 10 point advantage with just 2.37 mins left. Powell took to the court and hit a treble before he took down an defensive rebound and passed to Round to score before hitting a pair of free throws to take Rockets to 71-74 with 8.4 secs remaining. With Rebels having possession Rockets had to foul and hope the player would miss giving Rockets a chance to take the game to extra time. However he hit both and Rebels took the win 76-71. 

Mitch Clarke led Rockets scorers with 19 pts and 5 assist whilst Isaac Round hit 17 pts, Zack Powell 11 pts and 9 rebounds and Fin Porter 10