game report rebels men vs reading rockets
game report rebels men vs reading rockets

Convincing Victory for Rebels D1 Men over Reading

February 27, 2024

In a highly anticipated NBL 1 matchup, the Essex Rebels clashed with the Reading Rockets for the fifth time this season. The Rebels managed to secure a hard-fought win, showcasing their prowess on both ends of the court.

The game started with an intense energy, as both teams traded baskets in a fiercely competitive first quarter. Neither side was willing to give an inch, with the score remaining close throughout the initial minutes of play. The Rebels showed flashes of brilliance on offense, but the Rockets matched them shot for shot, ensuring a neck-and-neck battle early on.

As the second quarter got underway, the Rebels made a decisive move to ramp up their defensive pressure. This strategic adjustment paid immediate dividends, as they stifled the Rockets’ offense, holding them to a mere 10 points in the quarter. Essex’s defensive intensity disrupted Reading’s rhythm, allowing the Rebels to gain a crucial edge heading into halftime.

After the halftime interval, the Rockets came out determined to turn the tide in their favour. Finding their offensive flow, Reading made a spirited push to narrow the gap on the scoreboard. However, the Rebels were quick to respond, showcasing their resilience and composure under pressure. Essex maintained their offensive efficiency, answering every Rockets’ basket with one of their own.

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Rebels held a hard-earned advantage, but they knew the game was far from over. Showing incredible poise and determination, Essex tightened their defence in the half court, frustrating Reading’s attempts to mount a comeback. The Rebels’ ability to get crucial stops translated into fast-break opportunities, where they capitalized with precision outside shooting.

Two standout performances emerged from the Rebels’ roster, as Kyron Martin and Victor Olarerin led the charge with impressive displays on both ends of the court. Both players contributed 17 points each, playing pivotal roles in Essex’s victory.

In the final minutes of the game, the Rebels maintained their composure, executing flawlessly to secure the win. As the buzzer sounded, signalling the end of the game, it was clear that Essex had earned a hard-fought victory over a resilient Reading Rockets squad, winning 87-68.


  • Kyron Martin: 17 Points | 4 Rebounds | 2 Assists
  • Victor Olarerin: 17 Points | 3 Rebounds
  • Tyreese Hudson: 14 Points | 6 Rebounds | 2 Assists

The Rebels take on City of Birmingham Rockets next Saturday at the Essex Sport Arena. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

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