Glasgow Rocks got a much-needed boost in the league standings, as a 100-89 victory against Manchester Giants allowed them to improve to a 2-4 record, while the Manchester club dropped to 1-5.
Rocks started the game strong and already had a double-digit 16-6 lead four minutes into the game, after Sterling Davis scored four points in a row.
Having finished the first quarter with a 30-18 advantage, Rocks pulled even further ahead, as Fran Urli’s basket made it 42-26 four minutes into the period.
Although Giants had closed the gap to 10 points a couple of times, the hosts had a response for each and every attempt to level the game.
Midway through the third quarter, Rocks went on a 12-4 run to increase their advantage to a game-high 19 points at 73-54, but Giants did not back down.
After an 11-2 run to start the final period, the Manchester side finally managed to cut the deficit to single digits, getting as close as six points.
However, Daniel Northern restored a 10-point advantage after basket to make it 85-75, as Rocks finished out the game comfortably and got the win.
Chez Marks led the winners with 21 points, EJ Harrison had 20 points, while Daniel Northern added a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.
David Aliu’s game-high 24 points and a great all-around performance by Stefan Gill, who had 18 points, six rebounds and nine assists, was not enough for Giants.