Rocks dethrone Kings

Kings 61-72 Rocks

City of Edinburgh Kings 61 (12,27,44) (L. Reilly 23, Flockhart 11, C. Reilly 10)
Glasgow Rocks 72 (13,20,19) (Murray 28, Harrison 18, Fantazia/Robinson 8)

The Rocks prevailed through an all-Scottish tie to reach the BBL Trophy quarter-finals by beating the City of Edinburgh Kings 61-72 in the capital. The Rocks will meet the One Health Sharks Sheffield in the quarter-final.

The Rocks were never out of sight in what was perhaps an unexpectedly close game against their Scottish National League opponents. Gareth Murray led all scorers with 28 points, while EJ Harrison added 18 and Donald Robinson had 8 points and 11 rebounds. Lee Reilly led the Kings with 23 points and 8 rebounds.

The Kings came strongly out of the blocks in front of a sold out home crowd and they led 9-6 after three points from Edgars Rekis and a score from Lee Reilly. But the Rocks steadied the ship through Robinson and Brice Fantazia, before Murray connected on a three-pointer towards the end of the first period to help the Rocks to edge it 12-13.

But the Kings continued with their good early start and Reilly tied the game at 15 with a triple of his own early in the second stanza; Steven Dickson and Gareth Lodge added free-throws as the Kings took another lead at 18-17 with two and a half minutes played. But that was the last lead that the hosts would see. The Rocks rattled off the next 6 points with Michael Ringgold capping that run, and they slightly extended their advantage by the half time break as Murray scored their last 4 points for a 27-33 lead.

But the Kings demonstrated fortitude to come back once more after the break as they scored the opening 6 points of the third quarter to tie the game, with Reilly scoring all 6 of those. Gareth Murray stemmed the flow before he and Craig Reilly exchanged three-pointers and the teams were still tied at 38. It was still a one possession game at 44-46 heading into the final minute of the third, when the Rocks made the decisive run of the game: they scored the last 6 points, including 4 free-throws for Murray, to take a 44-52 lead into the decisive quarter.

And EJ Harrison gave the Rocks their first double-digit lead of the game as he opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer. That wasn’t quite it, though, as the Kings hit back with a 9-2 run in one final salvo, with Lee Reilly scoring 5 of those, to make the score 53-57. But the Rocks held their nerve and hit the next 7 points, with 5 for Murray, to restore their double-digit advantage with under three minutes to play. And the visiting BBL side saw the game out from there, with their lead peaking at 59-72 late on.

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