The Everton Tigers suffered a crushing defeat at the Echo Arena on Friday night as the Glasgow Scottish Rocks romped to a 71-90 victory.
The game started as a close battle of defences as the opening minute saw multiple steals, blocks and turnovers keep the tie scoreless. The sides remained closely matched during the opening period with the Tigers being narrowly edged out 14-16.
A slow start to the second quarter saw the Tigers fall to as many as five points behind the Rocks before a series of inspiring Trey Moore assists helped his Everton side to a three-point advantage. They were unable to maintain this lead, however, entering the half a single point behind their opponents, 36-37.
Back-to-back three-pointers from James Jones early in the third period put Everton back on top, but they fell apart in a five-minute spell that saw them score just six points compared to the Rocks’ 23. This sloppy breakdown left the Tigers on the back foot for the remainder of the game as they trailed 53-66 with just the final quarter to play.
Everton failed to get within ten points of the Rocks in the final section of play as they eventually slumped to a disappointing loss, in front of a home crowd for the last time this season.
Following his side’s defeat, Tigers coach Tony Garbelotto said: “We didn’t play very well today, did we? It was like the curse of the arena again, we have taken a big step back from the last two weekends.”
He did however praise the opposition, saying: “Let's give full credit to the team we just played. I’ve always felt they are one of the best teams in the country. When they get it right, they get it right, and they got their tactics right tonight.”
By Luke Johnson, Sports Editor
Trey Moore proved the ultimate team player posting 14 points and 7 assissts (Pics: Vegard Grott)