Three days. Two wins. How awesome was that Easter weekend?
After an up and down first couple of months to the season, the Rocks are well and truly in their groove. Two one-sided wins over play-off rivals are testament to that.
Following Friday’s 28 point demolition of the Heat, Davis called it the “most consistent performance this season, particularly defensively.” I certainly can’t argue with that. Big Jamie got four blocks and the Rocks D gave up few, if any, open shots.
It was also particularly pleasing to see Jonny and Dale get some game time at the end. Even more pleasing that they both played with terrific confidence and weren’t afraid to shoot.
Of the young duo, Davis said “they are the future of the team. We’ve seen a lot of progress from those two guys. Jonny can give us more minutes than he is doing, but we are pretty strong at that position. Dale also has a lot of potential and is not lacking on confidence. Both those guys push us every day in practice.”
If one convincing win wasn’t enough, the Rocks went out on Sunday and did it again. This time, they beat the Wolves by 19. The most pleasing things about that victory, for me, was the fact that it was a total team effort. Andy and Brice were the second and third highest scorers, and that doesn’t happen too often. It does, however, prove the strength in depth that the team has and they will certainly be a force to be reckoned with in the play-offs. Coach top scored with 17 points, having top scored the last time we played the Wolves at the Emirates with 20. I wonder if he’ll be wanting to face them every week?
With two games left in the regular season, two wins would make this Sterl’s best season as a coach at the Rocks and after the game I asked him if he thought it was the best roster he has worked with.
“I’ve got a good group of guys. I wouldn’t say we are the most talented roster but I think these guys play together more than any other team I’ve seen. As you can see throughout the course of the season, we’ve had different guys step up and if it’s their turn everybody is behind it. Everybody has one goal in mind and there has been no issues throughout the course of the season. I’ve been so lucky to have such a great group of guys and that’s been good to deal with. It makes my job a lot easier, so I think it’s one of the groups that will always stick out in my mind.”
Coach getting a wee bit sentimental there? Surely not! Let’s hope the team sticks out in his mind for one more reason too. Winning his first piece of silverware as a coach!
Callum Carson is a busy guy – as well being the Rocks resident blogger and contributor to the UKAmericanSportsFans.com website he is also finishing his uni course to become a proper sports journalist. You can hit him up on the Twittersphere at @CallumCarson34.