Rocks end on a high


BBL Championship

Glasgow Rocks 94 (27,44,64) (Murray 21, Marcotullio 20, Northern/Johnson 16)
Surrey United 81 (25,44,67) (Freer 27, Kucinskas 18, Dusha 17)

Glasgow Rocks finished the season with a victory after pulling away from Surrey United 94-81 thanks to a big fourth quarter.

Rocks trailed 67-64 at the end of the third quarter but took the lead on a Gareth Murray three point shot at 72-69 and never looked back. Murray led his team’s scoring with 21 points while Nick Freer was Surrey’s top marksman with a game-high 27 points.

The teams traded baskets throughout a high scoring first quarter as Rocks three times held a four point lead before falling behind 25-24. Fran Urli’s and-one with 13 seconds of the period to play edged Sterling Davis’ team 27-25 ahead.

Hardly anything could separate the teams in the second quarter. Rocks held the largest leads at 32-28 and 40-35 but a 9-2 run by United gave them a 44-42 advantage before two free throws by Rocks’ Daniel Northern on the half time buzzer tied the match at 44-44.

Murray gave Rocks a 50-46 lead but it was as good as it would get for Glasgow in the third quarter as United pulled ahead 67-62 on a 6-0 run. A two by Chris Johnson pulled Glasgow back to 67-64 with just the fourth quarter to play.

Once Murray had given Rocks the lead his team pulled away and when he drained another triple it gave Glasgow a double-digit advantage at 90-78.

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