Glasgow Rocks 95 (29, 52, 72) (Murray 23, Northern 16, Harrison 14)
Birmingham Knights 73 (14, 39, 47) (Hopkins 16, Benson 16, Rolls-Tyson 14)
The Rocks put an end to a run of three straight defeats with a convincing 95-73 victory over the winless Birmingham Knights at the Emirates Arena.
The home side came out the starting blocks all guns blazing and had accumulated a 15-point lead by the end of the first quarter.
An 11-3 run early in the opening quarter saw the Rocks lead the Knights 14-4.
Success around the basket and strong defensive work helped the Rocks finish the 1st leading 29-14, which pleased player/coach Sterling Davis: “I thought we did a good job of coming out and playing. Good early defence, that was a challenge for us, they’ve done a good job of pushing teams early in the game so I was pleased with how we came out.”
Points early in the 2nd from Grieve and Manifold meant that only Marcotullio failed to get on the board for the Rocks as they marched into a 20-point lead.
The Knights appeared to find their feet midway through the 2nd as they closed the Rocks lead to 12 – the closest the two sides came for the rest of the game.
Alex Marcotullio went down in the latter stages of the quarter as an opponent appeared to come down on his ankle.
After receiving some ice on his ankle courtside, Rocks’ #8 limped his way to the changing rooms but did not return to the fray for the remainder of the night.
Davis said of Alex’s injury: “He just sprained his ankle. I’m not sure how long he’ll be out, I’ve got to talk to the physio and then we’ll see.”
Rocks led 52-39 at the half. The highlight came from Sterl who treated the crowd to a rare dunk!
— Glasgow Rocks (@rocksglasgow) January 10, 2014
The Knights appeared to crumble in the 3rd; accumulating a mere 8pts as a team while Gareth Murray got 10pts of his own in the same stretch.
The quarter did get off to a slow start before Murray lit it up as only 6pts were scored in the first three minutes.
With dunks aplenty, the Rocks went into the 4th leading the Knights 72-47.
The Knights scored as many points in the first minute of the 4th as they had in the whole of the 3rd.
The Rocks, who never looked like losing, finished the game with a 95-73 win, leaving the Knights with a 0-17 record.
Davis was happy after the game: “It’s good to get a win, it’s good for the guys to get a feeling of that and we’re more so concentrated on how we’re playing right now and trying to make sure we continue to execute.”
— Glasgow Rocks (@rocksglasgow) January 11, 2014
Murray led the game with 23pts/6reb/6ast, while Northern had a double-double 16pts/14reb and EJ had 14pts/9ast.
For Birmingham; Benson 16pts/7ast, Hopkins 16pts and Rolls-Tyson 14pts/7reb.