GEORGE LOSES ON GIANTS RETURN
- Updated: January 11, 2013
Glasgow Rocks player-coach Sterling Davis fired his team back to winning ways as they ground out a 92-82 victory at Manchester Giants, despite the return of Nick George.
The American hit a game-high 22 points as the Scots pulled out a decisive 14-2 run in the fourth quarter to shake off their hosts and move up to fifth place in the British Basketball League.
With new signing Jamie Vanderbeken left on the sidelines after a delay in obtaining his international clearance, Davis’ men fell 19-10 behind in the first quarter as Great Britain internationalist Nick George provided a spark for Manchester on his return to the club.
Glasgow rallied back and after trailing 48-46 at half-time, Donald Robinson inspired a third quarter push on his way to adding 20 points. However the hosts, paced by 16 points from Devan Bailey, drew level once more and it required a decisive late push from the Rocks to thwart their challenge.
Elsewhere Cheshire Phoenix – coached on a one-off basis by Robbie Peers – edged out London Lions 88-87 at Crystal Palace despite game-high 28 points from Tayo Ogedengbe.
Gabe Haskins broke the hosts with the decisive score with six seconds left after Cheshire rallied from 68-58 down early in the fourth.
While Demetrius Jemison had 22 points Sheffield Sharks inflicted a 19th straight defeat on Mersey Tigers with a crushing 99-64 victory.