Game Report: Plymouth Raiders 75 Glasgow Rocks 86Date: 13/02/2017 | Author: Jake Findley
Plymouth Raiders 75 (15,40,58) (Grady 19, Corletto 16, Dixon 12)
Glasgow Rocks 86 (28,41,61) (Achara 19, Watson 16, Lescault 16)
Glasgow Rocks’ impressive away form continued as they came away with an important win at the Pavilions against Plymouth Raiders, where the game was settled in the last quarter.
Plymouth fans came into this match with high hopes after their win against Worcester Wolves in the BBL Trophy first leg on Wednesday. But it was the same story for the Glasgow fans also as they previously had just beaten Bristol Flyers in their back-to-back South West fixtures.
The first quarter of the game was all Glasgow Rocks, having put up 28 points compared to the Raiders 15; it didn’t look great from the start. Kieron Achara scored eight of his 19 baskets in the first, shooting 75% from the field. Gareth Murray looked to make the difference, though, sinking home two threes and like Achara, scoring eight baskets. Plymouth’s main threat was Daryl Corletto, scoring five points and a difficult three-pointer.
The second quarter was extremely different story; it was Plymouth who was the stronger force by scoring an incredible 35 points and Glasgow only putting away 13 to make the game within a point at 40:41. Anton Grady was a man on a mission to bring the home side back into the match by scoring six points, showing why he is the Molten BBL Player of the Month with his defensive work also standing up against the physical Murray. Elvisi Dusha put away an important three early on to help steer his team-mates into the right direction.
Even though it took just under two minutes for either team to put points on the board in the third quarter, it was Grady once again stepping up to make the layup. Neil Watson put up some serious numbers as he made nine points, all of which were behind the arc. But, with seven seconds left at the end, Corletto did what he does best and buried the three with not much space to shoot it. It was a lot closer in the third quarter, with only three points in the match; Glasgow was still on top narrowly with the score line at 58:61.
A three-pointer from Dusha to start the fourth quarter and a jump shot from Grady, Plymouth were back in front 63:61. It was as close as two points throughout the first part of the fourth until Murray made a deep three. Hayden Lescault executed the move of a brilliant match, faking a pass only to trick everyone in the building to then shoot the layup. Not only that, Lescault, put away seven of his 16 points in the fourth proving to be the real game changer, along with Kieron Achara making two decisive blocks.
The game finished 75:86 in favor of the away side. The Plymouth Raiders players, alongside Johnny White, will take a lot of positives from the match-up, but also some things to work on ahead of the Surrey encounter this Friday. Anton Grady and Kieron Achara both were the highest scorers in the game putting up 19 points apiece. Raiders’ next game in the BBL Championship is away at Surrey Scorchers, 17th February, 7:30pm tipoff.