Rocks crash out of playoffs

Rocks crash out of playoffs

Marjon Plymouth Raiders 87 (14,31,57) (Ojo 29, O’Reilly 25, Schneck 18)
Glasgow Rocks 78 (27,45,57) (Harrison 21, Murray 11, Fantazia/Ringgold 10)
(Raiders win 169-149 on aggregate)

Marjon Plymouth Raiders secured their place in the semi-finals of the BBL Championship play-offs thanks to an 87-78 victory over the Glasgow Rocks at the Plymouth Pavilions last night.

Tonights result along with the first leg result on Sunday gave the Raiders a 169-149 aggregate victory and Plymouth will now move onto face the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders in the Final Four for a place at Wembley on Sunday 28 April 2013.

With the Raiders leading 82-71 from the first leg, the Rocks knew that they needed to start the game strongly and they did just that as they leapt out to an early 9-16 advantage midway through the opening period. The visitors increased their lead by the end of the quarter out to 13 points at 14-27 which gave them the lead on aggregate at that stage.

The second quarter the visitors kept themselves in front by double figures for the entire period, and despite the best efforts of the Raiders, it was the Rocks who were enjoying more of the offensive successes as they headed into the locker rooms leading by 14 points at 31-45.

The home side knew that they needed to prevent the Rocks getting any further ahead in the third quarter, and a strong 13-4 opening to the period saw the to get themselves back to within five points at 44-49 midway through the quarter. The Raiders continued their strong effort for the remainder of the period, and the home side ended with a 13-3 burst to tie the game up at 57-57 heading into the final stanza.

In the final period, the Rocks tried valiantly to get themselves back in front in the contest, but the closest that the visitors could get was to trim the deficit back to just two points at 72-70 with 3:45 remaining in the game. An Andrew Lasker three-pointer sparked a 12-2 run to take the score out to 84-72 with less than two minutes remaining.

The Rocks tried to close the gap but to no avail as the Raiders held on for the victory and secure their place in the semi-finals.

Michael Ojo led all scorers in the game with 29 points for the Raiders, while EJ Harrison led the Rocks scoring with 21 points personal.

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    Thanks for a great season Rocks . A lot of great memories but the wee guy who was the mascot with the frame who shoved it to the side and walked on to great applause and seemed to love every minute with the crowd getting louder the more he waved to us . Priceless .

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