Glasgow Rocks 87 (22,43,62) (Robinson 30, Vanderbeken 11, Murray 10)
Cheshire Phoenix 69 (19,37,48) (Marks 26, Bland 15,Gumbs 12)
The Glasgow Rocks produced a dominant display to beat the Cheshire Phoenix 87-69 and close the gap on fourth place in the BBL Championship. Donald Robinson led all scorers with 30 points, including 3/4 three-pointers, with Jamie Vanderbeken matching that on his way to 11 points. The Phoenix were led by 26 points from Chez Marks.
The Rocks came out quickly with the first 6 points, including 5 for Robinson as he opened proceedings with a three-pointer, and his team would never trail. The Phoenix did hit back to tie the game at 8 with Shawn Myers’ fourth point of the game; and they were then tied at 10 and 12 before Robinson reasserted himself with a dunk to ignite an 8-2 run capped by Vanderbeken’s three-pointer. The hosts held that lead to the end of the quarter, at 22-19, as Myers added a three-pointer for the Phoenix with the last score.
And the Rocks pushed on after the break as they opened the second with a 16-4 surge as Vanderbeken hit another three-pointer and Michael Ringold added 4 points. The first half lead peaked at 38-23 before the Phoenix turned things around. After a free-scoring opening, they held their hosts scoreless for four minutes while scoring 10 points of their own, including 8 for Chez Marks, to get as close as 40-35, trailing just 43-37 going into the break.
But the Rocks started the second half as they did the first: with the opening 6 points and with Robinson scoring a three-pointer, matched by Sterling Davis. The lead became 56-41 on another Davis triple, and the Rocks maintained that through to 62-48 heading into the final period. They were never threatened down the stretch as they opened the fourth quarter with a 19-4 surge, Robinson opening the period with a three-pointer for the third time in the game as he and Vanderbeken each had 5 points in the run. That saw the lead peak at 81-52 and, despite a strong finish from the Phoenix, the game was settled.