Cheshire Phoenix 76 – 86 Glasgow Rocks
by Vlad Ionasc
Cheshire Phoenix suffered a third straight defeat on the road against the Glasgow Rocks.
The Nix shot well from three-point range but their low number of assists combined with a high number of turnovers meant that the visitors were unable to secure a win away from home. Glasgow’s Kieron Achara led the game in scoring with 20 points. The Rocks won their 10th straight game at home.
The Nix started the game better than the Rocks, they kept the hosts scoreless for the first two minutes of the game while they added eight points on the board. The Rocks responded with a 7-0 run of their own and quickly stabilised the game. Neither team shot well from the floor during the first quarter, they made a combined 12 of 34 shots, however Phoenix’s five turnovers meant that the hosts went into the second quarter up 19-15.
The second period of play was almost a carbon copy of the first, both teams struggled with scoring the basketball. Phoenix continued playing as a team as they shared the ball and involved every player in the action. The Rocks made just four of their 17 three-point attempts in the first half but despite their poor shooting display, Glasgow extended their lead to nine points going into half-time. Bo Zeilgler and Kieron Achara led the way for the home side with 10 points each. Momcilo Latinovic led the scoring for the Nix with seven points.
The visitors cut the lead down to just two points at the 6:00 mark in the third period of play after a couple of defensive stops and three point makes. The Nix dominated the entire third quarter as they held the Rocks to just 13 points. Despite his ineffective shooting, Phoenix big man C.J Gettys rebounded well and played stifling defence throughout the quarter. The Nix shot perfectly from three-point range and went into the fourth quarter with a slim 53-52 lead.
Ben Thomas’ side started the fourth well, they looked desperate to end their two game losing streak with a dominant fourth quarter performance. They made two early three point shots and extended their lead. The Rocks would not go down without a fight though, as they looked win their 10th straight at home. The hosts embarked on a 10-2 run midway through the last period of play and never looked back. The Nix couldn’t buy a bucket in the last two minutes and lost the game, 76-86.
Key Team Stat: 50% 3PT. Phoenix shot very well from three-point range, especially in the second half. Unfortunately they turned the ball over 16 times compared to the hosts’s eight. The Nix racked up just 12 assists to the Rocks’ 20.
Cheshire Phoenix will look for its first win in four games when they host Manchester Giants at the Cheshire Oaks Arena on the 19th of April.
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