Glasgow Rocks 76 (23,38,57) (Murray 18, Northern 13, Bunyan 11, Marcotullio 11)
Durham Wildcats 70 (16,32,46) (Ginty 19, Allison 17, Crecco 8)
Glasgow Rocks wasted a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, but held on to take a 76-70 home win against the struggling Durham Wildcats, who have now lost three in a row.
Rocks had the lead for the majority of the game, with Wildcats jumping ahead for only for short stretches in the first and second quarters.
Although the advantage very big in the early going, Jonny Bunyan hit a three-pointer with the sound of the buzzer at the end of the opening period to push the gap to 23-16.
Jonny Bunyan had one of his best games in a Rocks jersey against the Wildcats, scoring 11pts and adding 4reb/4ast pic.twitter.com/Qujk0WWWSj
— Glasgow Rocks (@rocksglasgow) December 15, 2013
Having finished the first half with a 38-32 lead, Rocks increased the margin to double digits before the final period, as Fran Urli’s basket capped off a 7-0 run to make it 57-46.
The hosts seemed to be cruising to a convincing victory, with Antonio DiMaria’s three-pointer making it a 15-point game at 66-51, but that’s when Wildcats started making a comeback.
The visitors from Durham made three three-pointers in what turned out to be a 15-0 to tie things up at 66-66 with 1:44 left on the clock.
However, Sterling Davis ended the visitors’ run with a three-pointer and, although Kirk Crecco answered with a basket on the other end, Rocks got a couple of crucial stops and went on to seal the win at the charity stripe.
Gareth Murray went 5-of-8 from beyond the arc for a team-high 18 points to go with seven rebounds, as Daniel Northern collected 13 points and six boards for the home side.
Alex Marcotullio and Jonny Bunyan chipped in with 11 points apiece.
For the visitors, Devin Ginty had 19 points and dished out six assists, while Mike Allison was one rebound short of a double-double with 17 points and nine boards in his account.