Rocks bow out of BBL Cup


The Rocks bowed out at the quarter final stage of the BBL Cup for the fourth consecutive season as they went down 69-81 to the Newcastle Eagles.

Following an eventful week new Rocks recruit Alex Marcotullio made his home debut in front of a noisy and energetic support.

The opening quarter was not one to be remembered by either side as a mere 25 points were scored thanks to poor shooting all round; with Rocks having 21% while their Newcastle counterparts only made 28%.

The Eagles led by five at the end of the first, a lead which they didn’t lose for the remainder of the game.

The Eagles extended their lead to eight early in the second quarter before a quick seven points on the bounce from Murray brought the Rocks within three.

Although the shooting was still not of the highest order both sides scored 24pts apiece in the 2nd as the Rocks trailed 34-39 at the half.

After a bright start to the third from the home side, Marcotullio and Northern took a seat as they gave up three fouls each.

Poor ball retention from the Rocks saw Newcastle extend their lead into double digits for the first time in the game midway through the third.

Once again fouling proved to be a problem for the home team – having reached five team fouls every further foul sent the Eagles to the line. This worked to the Eagles advantage as they came away from the game with 86% in free throws.

The Rocks managed to cut the deficit late in the third but were down 53-61 going into the last quarter.

Very little went right for the Rocks in the early stages of the fourth as the Eagles extended their lead to 14.

An 8-0 run for the Rocks in the final minute of the game reduced Newcastle’s margin of victory to 12 at full time.

Daniel Northern led the way for the Rocks with a near double-double 19pts and 9 rebounds, while new boy Alex Marcotullio gave a good account of himself with 13pts, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.

Newcastle’s Malik Cooke topped the scoring with 27pts and Martin Scott got himself a double-double with 12pts and 10 rebounds.

Kierran Allardice

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