Plymouth Raid the Emirates

Plymouth Raid the Emirates for 1st leg advantage

Glasgow Rocks 71 (23, 38, 56) (Harrison 23, Robinson 18, Davis 9)
Marjon Plymouth Raiders 82 (20, 48, 66) (Schreiber 24, Ojo 22, Schneck 14)

Marjon Plymouth Raiders put one foot in the BBL Play-Off semi-finals with a 82-71 success at Glasgow Rocks, courtesy of a clinical last few minutes which now gives them a great opportunity to advance.

It was Rocks who had started brightly and with real purpose, a number of fast-break scores allowing them to open up an early 15-9 advantage as they capitalised on some sloppy play from the visitors.

But, the away team worked hard to establish a foothold in the game and by the end of the first quarter, had halved the deficit, with the Rocks 23-20 in front.

It was during the second period when Raiders exploded to stun the hosts and outscore them 28-15, to take a double-digit lead into the break. Their impetus came off the back of some great three-point shooting as they made three triples in a row to really get onto the front foot.

And, with big man Andreas Schreiber doing a great job on the glass, they were good value for their lead against a Rocks side who looked out of sorts and who were getting into early foul trouble, the influential Gareth Murray having to play on four fouls.

As hard as Rocks tried to make an impression during the third quarter, it was still a ten point margin heading into the fourth period and it was at that point, the home side finally got the crowd at the Emirates on their feet.

Down 70-59 and with eight minutes remaining, they scored ten points without reply as EJ Harrison brought the hosts to within a point.

But, with the impressive Donald Robinson already fouled out and with both Murray and Andrew Wedemire following suit, Raiders posted one decisive final spurt of scoring. They finished with a 12-2 run, holding Rocks to just one basket in the final four minutes.

Mike Ojo had 22 points for the winning side, but it was a superb double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds from Schreiber which won the game.

The second leg takes place at the Pavilions tomorrow evening.

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