Gareth ‘Rock’ solid for Glasgow

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ARBROATH basketball star Gareth Murray played his part in a thrilling victory for Glasgow Rocks at the weekend.

Murray had six priceless steals in a game which his side won by three points at the final buzzer to send London Lions home licking their wounds.

The Glasgow side had made a terrible start to the game and were 19 points down at one point.

But a three point shot in the final second by E.J. Harrison secured victory for Murray’s side.

The game winning-shot on the buzzer was harsh on London who played well, but just couldn’t kill off the Rocks in the first half when they had established themselves a very handy advantage and one they will be sorely disappointed not to hang on to.

Tied at 9-9 during the early exchanges, Lions exploded, led by Orlan Jackman and outscored Rocks 20-5 for the remainder of the first quarter to take a commanding lead at 29-14.

And, when they then extended the gap to some 19 points after a Jackman three-pointer made it 36-17, it looked a decidedly long way back for the shell-shocked Rocks.

But, a devastating 22-5 run by the home team leading up to the interval changed the entire complexion of the game and set-up a dramatic and absorbing second-half when both teams were neck and neck for long periods.

Unsurprisingly, the scores were locked 58-58 with five minutes left on the game clock and both teams began to struggle offensively – until a late flurry of triples.

Andrew Wedemire put Rocks 64-63 in front, only for Jackman to reply in kind minutes later, although it was the late intervention by Harrison which proved to be the decisive score from long-range.

Harrison finished with 17 points, although six steals from Gareth Murray were priceless in such a tight game.

Jackman was top scorer in the game with 26 points.