Glasgow Rocks 98 (24,54,73) (Harrison 24, Murray 23, Robinson 15)
Surrey Heat 70 (13,33,53) (T. Holmes 16, F. Holmes 14, Joseph 14)
The Rocks have replaced the Surrey Heat in the BBL Championship top four after beating them 98-70 at the Emirates, thereby settling the head-to-head between the teams. It was the Rocks’ first win in three, and the first defeat in four for the Heat.
Former Heat point guard EJ Harrison led the scoring with 24 points for the Rocks, while Gareth Murray added 23 and 10 rebounds. Travis Holmes led the visitors with 16 points.
The Rocks dominated the game from tip to buzzer after an excellent start as they allowed their visitors just one score in the opening four and a half minutes, taking an early 11-2 lead as Murray scored 6 and Harrison 5. That became 17-3 with three minutes to play in the quarter, as the Heat added just one more free-throw and hadn’t scored from the floor in nearly seven minutes. But the Heat did find some scoring form and managed to narrow the gap before the end of the period, with a Raftopoulos three-pointer and Travis Holmes score, countered by Murray’s buzzer-beating three-pointer, seeing the score at 24-13 after ten minutes.
But the Rocks set about expanding their lead in the second stanza through an early 10-0 burst, sparked by another Harrison three-pointer and being capped in kind by Brice Fantazia for a score of 34-17. The Heat managed to hold the margin there until the run in to half time as Donald Robinson scored 6 for the Rocks and Harrison’s basket on the buzzer made the score 54-33 at the break.
The Heat did hold their own in the third quarter, as they outscored their hosts 19-20 and they had the score down to 68-53 inside the last two minutes on a Travis Holmes basket. But Harrison and a late three-pointer from Andrew Wedemire restored the margin at 73-53 heading into the fourth quarter. But there was no respite as the hosts consolidated their lead in the final ten minutes: Robinson’s 4 points and Wedemire’s triple comprised a 7-2 run to make the score 86-62, and the lead reached its peak, going through the 30 mark, at 98-68 on Dale Grieve’s three-pointer with 1.28 to play.
The team continue the #battlefor3rd on Sunday against the Wolves – tickets are still available for what should be a great game.