Rocks take W in Surrey


BBL Championship

Surrey United 76 (18,38,52) (Kucinskas 19, Tate 14, Dusha 12, Freer 12)
Glasgow Rocks 91 (24,45,64) (Northern 20, Urli 18, Marcotullio 15, Bunyan 15)

Currently looking at the playoff picture from outside, the tenth-placed Glasgow Rocks inched closer to the promised land with a 91-76 victory against Surrey United who are going to finish eleventh in the BBL Championship no matter what.

An 11-18 record put the Glasgow side within reach of the postseason, but the Scottish club will need a strong finish to the season to book playoff berth, with only a handful games remaining.

Rocks took initiative right from the start of the game, but couldn’t establish a double-digit lead in the first half. Having finished the opening frame with a 24-18 advantage, the visitors increased the gap slightly to 45-38 just before the halftime break.

United fell behind by double digits (64-52) after the third period, with Rocks turning up defensive intensity and limiting Surrey to only 14 points in the quarter. However, an 8-2 start to the final period allowed the hosts to cut the gap to 66-60.

Although Rocks allowed their opponents to get as close as five points with around three minutes remaining, but went on to respond with a 9-0 run to push the gap back to double figures at 87-73.

The visitors managed to hold off a fourth-quarter comeback attempt by Surrey, not notch up an important win behind 20 points from Daniel Northern and 18 from Fran Urli. The pair of Alex Marcutullio and John Bunyan collected 15 points apiece for Rocks.

Ceslovas Kucinskas finished with a team-high of 19 points for Surrey, Isaiah Tate had 14, while Elvisi Dusha and Nicholas Freer chipped in with 12 points each.

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