Rocks too strong for Carnegie

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Glasgow Rocks are safely through to the BBL Trophy quarter-finals after giving Leeds Carnegie a harsh lesson in the quality of the BBL.

Rocks were in control throughout at their National League opponents, who will make the step up next season to play the likes of Glasgow on a regular basis.

The home side will have gained valuable experience from this tie but 16 points from Sterling Davis and 15 from Fran Urli off the bench paced the Rocks scoring.

Leeds’ scoring was led by Branimir Mikulic’s 12 points while Russell Permenter had a double-double of 11 points and 10 boards.

Glasgow were keen to make their experience tell early in the match and they seized the initiative when EJ Harrison’s three began a 13-3 run up to the end of the first quarter.

The Rocks 17-9 lead was soon boosted in the second quarter as Carnegie struggled to find any rhythm with their offence.

From 26-15 in front the Rocks put together a 14-6 run – the last five of which were free throws by Gareth Murray and Daniel Northern – to hold a 40-21 advantage at half time.

Glasgow piled on the points in the third quarter as their lead soared past the 20 point mark. Dale Grieve’s three handed the visitors a 62-32 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Rocks biggest lead of the night was 76-36 on Urli’s bucket.

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