VIDEO: Rockets reign against Port City Power in ‘the house’
"COME ON Rocky, make some noise 'cause this is our house," came the announcer as he whipped up the Hegvold Stadium crowd on Saturday night.
And the Rockets certainly looked at home against the Gladstone Port City Power, accounting for them comfortably 119-92.
It began with Dominic Cheek's effortless three-pointer within the first minute and dropping another one just seconds later.
From there, the Rockets found their range and rained down a succession of superb three-pointers to completly shut down the Power.
They combined this with rock-solid defence. Too many times the Power came away from an offensive play with nothing to show for their efforts, except the Rockets in possession, swiftly moving the ball down the floor to attack.
Glenn Scott got into some serious three-point action as well, having an excellent match and looking fitter after a slow recovery from a groin injury.
"My first one was sweet, so I just kept dropping them," Scott said of his three-point sharp-shooting after the victory.
"It's my first game back relatively injury-free. It's still not good but it's a lot better than last week."
And it showed on the scoreboard. Scott dropped an incredible six from eight three-pointers at an amazing 75%.
He was ably assisted by co-captain Mitch Philp and Cheek, both shooting three-pointers at 50%.
"I thought we were clinical in attack tonight," Philp said.
"And we backed that up by not giving them anything in defence."
His coach Neal Tweedy agreed.
"I think we have really improved defensively," Tweedy said.
"We had a solid game plan tonight in defence and we executed that really well. There's no doubt, our defence won us the match. And Glenn Scott was on fire. It was great to have him back near full fitness."
But it was Dominic Cheek who shone the brightest, despite all the Rockets contributing across the floor. Cheek's early defensive rebound work and accuracy from the free throw line, nailing them at 75%, was exceptional. He finished the match with a game-high 31 points.
Cheek was so effective, at times he overshadowed the Rockets' traditional go-to guy Chehales Tapscott who still had a fine match, contributing 21 points. But Tapscott could see his American mate was on fire and was happy to let him lead.
Brad Williamson was also strong in defence, shutting down the Power's attack and making some sharp intercepts.
The Rockets came out so hard and fast, Gladstone was quickly rattled and they never regained their composure to truly threaten the Rockets's dominance. By halftime, the Rockets had a comfortable 18-point buffer, leading 56-38. They were set for 100-plus.
And it came on the halfway mark in the final quarter when that man Cheek dropped another three-pointer. Seconds later, he nailed one more.
With victory assured, Tweedy emptied his bench.