Swindon Shock came back three times, at one point overcoming a 17-point deficit, to snatch a 65-59 win against a well-organised Reading team Saturday night at the John Madejski Academy Sports Centre.
Trailing 23-6 against the Rockets after the first quarter, Shock rallied on defence to hold Reading to only 6 points in the second quarter, going in at half-time only 3-points down.
The third quarter saw each teams trading baskets but Swindon again went into the fourth 8-points down. Shock raced back into the game late in the fourth quarter to upset the hosts after a 7-2 run, accumulating in some big shots from Matt North and under 18s player Alistair Tilney to help secure the comeback victory.
It was the first loss for Reading at home as Shock improved to a 5-1 record.
Matt North led Swindon with 14 points, while Politi collected 18 points in a losing effort for Reading.
Coach Alex James said after the game – “We basically forgot that hustle plays, the intangible stats such as blocks, steals and rebounds win games on the road. You can’t wait for a rebound, or not switch on screens, which we’ve been doing in training and in all our other games.
“I asked for more sizzle and fizzle but only got it at certain times. We must not become complacent. But it was a great team effort down the stretch.”
Swindon Shock now entertain Oxford Steelers next Saturday at the Swindon Academy. Tip at 4pm.
Reading Rockets 59 (23,6,20,10)
Swindon Shock 65 (6,20,15,24) (North 14, Wilburn 13, Ford 10)
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