Rocks undone by Wolves

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The Rocks dropped to a 2-5 record in the league as they lost 92-77 to Worcester Wolves who returned to winning ways on the back of three straight defeats.

Both sides started as they aimed to go on with very little separating them in the opening minutes and each team held their own defensively, giving very few opportunities away.

It was the Rocks who took the lead into the second quarter, albeit a slender 29-24.

Both teams produced much the same in the second quarter, with the game still very close and a number of lead changes occurring.

The number of fouls awarded against the home side in the 2nd proved to be costly in the latter stages of the game.

Two consecutive nice fast breaks involving Marks and Murray tied the game at 39-39 late in the 2nd before the Wolves finished stronger.

A controversial call was made by the referee at the half-time buzzer as Will Creekmore’s shot was originally deemed to have happened after the buzzer sounded.  But, to the amazement of Sterling Davis, the decision was overturned and the two points were given leaving the Rocks trailing the Wolves 46-40 at the half-time break.

The Rocks started the third well going on a 12-6 run to level the game at 52-52.

Northern showed his strength around the hoop as he drew fouls from the Wolves and powered through a crowd of Wolves players for a lay-up, helping the Rocks lead 63-62 at the end of the third.

It was the fourth when it all fell apart for the Rocks and the Wolves took full advantage of a number of defensive lapses.

Earlier fouls came back to haunt the Rocks as Northern went to the bench early in the quarter with four fouls while Davis fouled out.

The Rocks’ three point shooting earlier in the game had been sublime but when they needed it the most in the final quarter, it eluded them.

Worcester’s defending was key, and as the Rocks resorted to fouls they opened up a gap and finished the game with a 92-77 victory.

Gareth Murray was the standout performer for the Rocks with a tied game high 21pts, meanwhile Worcester’s Creekmore got himself a double-double with 21pts and 14 rebounds.

Kierran Allardice

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