Glasgow Rocks have a devastating performance from Daniel Northern to thank for helping overturn a six-point first leg deficit en-route to reaching the BBL Trophy Final.
Finishing up 98-77 on the night, and 172-157 on aggregate, the Rocks will now face Worcester Wolves in a home court final on March 30th.
Northern’s stats read as an incredible 29 points and 21 rebounds, whilst Fran Urli’s awesome 80% shooting saw him claim 20 points on the way to the win.
Glasgow put together a 10-0 stretch late in the first period to lead 20-17, preventing them slipping out of the tie early on as Phoenix, with the returning Reggie Middleton (though hampered still through injury) back in the line-up, took charge.
Northern almost bagged his double-double in the opening period with eight points and eight rebounds, but #BeastMode was yet to be fully in gear.
The second period was a more level affair, however three-time Player of the Month, Victor Moses, picked up a third foul before the halftime break, adding more pressure on to Cheshire’s shoulders.
Urli dropped a buzzer-beating three right on half time to edge Rocks ahead on the night, 39-38, and was a prelude for what was next to come.
It was a magical third quarter for the home side, which ultimately settled the contest, well worth watching again for the home fans if one missed out, but despite Cheshire Phoenix’s best efforts in the fourth quarter to claw their way back in to contention with a 13-0 run, it was Sterling Davis’ Rocks celebrating victory, though perhaps overshadowed by the game ending shenanagins.
– Due to tonight’s long travel back, lack of signal along the journey home, and the fact our poor editor has now been awake for almost 24 hours (yes, you read correct!) we’ll be the only site bringing you the words from both teams tomorrow, together with an exclusive column on reaction to the fallout from this past six weeks concerning these two sides –