17 DEC 2017: PHOENIX 79-75 ROCKS (TRO)

Comeback kings strike again in Trophy opener.

BBL Trophy, First Round

Cheshire Phoenix 79-75 Glasgow Rocks (21-17, 36-45, 52-58)

Cheshire Phoenix came from 12 points down to overcome Glasgow Rocks as they advance to the Trophy Quarter-Finals.

Ben Thomas’ side have produced a number of impressive fightbacks this season and their latest sets up a last eight clash with Worcester Wolves.

Leading scorers – Gettys 21, Riley 18, Jackman 13 (Phoenix) – Achara 20, Brown 17, Josephs/Bunyan 9 (Rocks)

Turning point – Rocks opened up a 55-64 lead in the final period, but the hosts responded with a 13-2 run to take the lead before a decisive 6-0 burst to pull away.

Key stat – Having struggled to find their range early in the contest, Cheshire came up with four key triples when it mattered most in the fourth and they were also clinical from the foul line, missing just once in 11 attempts.

Game Hero(es) – CJ Gettys netted 21 points on 90% shooting, while Malcolm Riley finished with 18 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter as well as a crucial block on Rocks debutant Nate Britt in the final seconds.

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