Rocks go down in Durham

Photo: Stephen Mahtie

Durham Wildcats 85 (24,38,57) (Huffor 19, Bucci 15, Attah/P Elderkin 12)
Glasgow Rocks 72 (19,33,49) (Northern 25, Harrison 19, Marcotullio 11)

Ralph Bucci finished just one rebound short of a magnificent triple-double as Durham Wildcats beat Glasgow Rocks in the north east.

Bucci scored 15 points, dished out 10 assists and pulled down nine boards for the Wildcats as they closed the gap on Plymouth University Raiders in fifth place to just two points.

The Rocks could console themselves with a game-high by Daniel Northern and a solid debut from Alex Marcotullio, who drained three of his five three-point attempts.

With not much to separate the teams at 16-14 the Wildcats put together an 8-2 burst to briefly open an eight point lead on the Rocks.

However, on his debut, Alex Marcotullio drained a three with two seconds of the first quarter left to bring the score back to 24-19.

It wasn’t long though before Durham re-asserted control and took their advantage into double-digits. First Paul Elderkin made it 29-19 with a three and then a RJ Evans bucket gave Durham their biggest lead of the first half at 36-23.

The Wildcats would only score two more points before the interval as Rocks fought back. An ‘and-one’ by Daniel Northern started a 10-2 burst up to the break with Jonny Bunyan’s three-point play reducing the arrears to 38-33.

Rocks pulled back to a three-point deficit on a few occasions in the third quarter but Durham always found an answer and went 57-46 ahead on a Ralph Bucci ‘and-one’.

Marcotullio hit another three to pull the score back to 57-49 with ten minutes to play.

Once Evans had put Wildcats 63-52 in front the Durham lead would fall below double-digits just once at 74-65.

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