Rocks win to stay in playoff hunt

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BBL Championship

Cheshire Phoenix 77 (18,40,55) (Coleman 19, Middleton 19, Moses 16)
Glasgow Rocks 90 (26,41,68) (Johnson 21, Northern 20, Urli 14)

Having left the Northgate Arena to play one game just across the Welsh border, Cheshire Phoenix were handed a 90-77 upset by the visiting Glasgow Rocks, who got back into the playoff picture by winning the first ever BBL Championship game to be held in Wales.

A rather lethargic start of the game by the Cheshire club saw the guests take a double-digit lead already in the first quarter after Sterling Davis increased the gap to 24-12 with a jumper.

However, it didn’t take long for Phoenix to overcome their initial slump, powering past Glasgow with a 15-2 run to start the second period and taking a 40-35 lead behind the suddenly alive duo of Dominique Coleman and Reggie Middleton.

Although a good second-quarter performance brought Cheshire right back into the game, Rocks finished the first half up 41-40, outscoring the hosts 6-0 in the last three minutes.

After exchanging leads early in the third quarter, Rocks shot in front once again, with a pair of baskets by Daniel Northern setting off a 16-4 stretch to make it a 15-point game at 68-53, before cruising to a convincing win in the final frame.

Chris Johnson and Daniel Northern had 21 and 20 points respectively for the winners, with the latter also adding 12 rebounds and two blocked shots, as Fran Urli collected 14 points.

Reggie Middleton and Dominique Coleman, who shared a team-high 19 points for Phoenix, shot a combined 14-of-43 from the field, while Victor Moses added a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The Rocks still need another two wins from three games, making Sunday’s visit of Sheffield Sharks another “must-win”. Get your tickets for it here.

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