Leeds Force 65 (15,36,51) (Isenbarger 17, Sanders 15, Sandoval 13)
Glasgow Rocks 71 (20,36,52) (Lescault 17, Achara 14, Thomson 10)
Glasgow Rocks have re-joined London Lions in joint-third place in the BBL Championship after edging Leeds Force 71-65 on the road, with only a last gasp Hayden Lescault burst being able to separate the teams.
He led all scorers with 17 points, including the last ten for his team down the stretch, and was supported by another solid Kieran Achara performance of 14 points and 7 rebounds. It was a sixth straight win for the Rocks, a run that started by knocking Leeds out of the BBL Cup, and they have now won nine of the ten meetings between these teams in the BBL.
The start of the game would provide no clues as to what would come as the teams exchanged furious runs: Rocks racing into a 10-0 lead as they held the hosts scoreless for the opening four minutes; before Leeds emerged from a timeout to respond with the next eight, sparked by a Jack Isenbarger three-pointer.
A 13-3 start to the second stanza, in which Robert Sandoval scored seven, gave Force their biggest lead of the game at 28-23, but once Rocks got it back to 30-29 soon after on Lescault’s triple, the nature of the game changed.
From that point, midway through the second stanza, the teams were never separated by more than one shot until the final minute. As they traded baskets throughout, the second half saw twelve lead changes and the teams tied on seven occasions, until Lescault took over.
He broke that spell with a three-pointer with 3.29 to play and went on to hit nine consecutive points to give Rocks a 62-70 lead inside the final minute, winning the game for his team and keeping the BBL’s northernmost side unbeaten on the road this season.