Oh to be a fly in the wall during half-time on Sunday! From the way the team came out at the start of the second half can we assume that Sterl gave his best Sir Alex Ferguson impression and gave the boys the hairdryer treatment? I’d say so.
Eight games into the season and with four wins and four losses it has been something of an up and down start, but there are clearly reasons to be optimistic.
Firstly, the team are 3-1 at home. If the Rocks want to challenge at the top of the table come April, they have to make the Emirates a fortress and that’s certainly what they’ve done the past three games. Sure, the performances haven’t necessarily been great, but a win is a win and it sends out a message that Glasgow is going to be a tough place to visit.
As for the team, they still seem to be figuring each other out a little bit, but as Sterl said earlier in the season, the more games they play, the easier it will become.
It was good to see Mike Ringgold finally make his debut on Sunday. As expected he seemed a little rusty, but hopefully he can have a similar impact to another November signing a couple of years ago – Michael Kingma. He adds to an already impressively deep roster. He also has cracking facial hair, which is never a bad thing.
The starting five seem to be able to match-up well with any other starting five in the BBL, but obviously, basketball is a team game and the bench plays a massively important role in every game.
I think that’s what has been the undoing of the Rocks in some games this season. Too often the bench hasn’t been contributing as much as I thought they would. We knew what we were going to get with Wedemire and Fantazia, but both have often been used somewhat sparingly (except in the second game of weekend double-headers).
The fact that the Rocks bench is currently scoring 19.0 points per game (2nd bottom) is telling, however. Manchester and Worcester, two teams that the Rocks have already beaten this season, are both scoring 82.8 points per game (just 1.0 more than the Rocks) but have 31.6 and 33.6 points off the bench respectively. If Sterl can get the bench to contribute more than they are doing, that would be just dandy. Of course, Ringgold may well prove the difference maker on that front.
Next week sees the boys travel down south for a tough double header against the Surrey Heat and Plymouth Raiders. Two teams who are a combined 12-3 in the league this season. It’s gonna be a tough weekend!
I’ll sign off this week by saying how great it was to see ex-Rock Moses Mubarak at the game on Sunday. What was less great was his free-throw effort at half-time. I’m sure he was letting the kids win though. Aye right!