Glasgow Rocks have made a great start to the season with three win out of four BBL Cup games, but coach Gareth Murray says the real test is still to come.
The Rutherglen player/coach is delighted just to be back on the court again, and although there are still a lot of limitations, he’s now just focused on having a good season.
The British Basketball League starts in earnest on Sunday against Manchester Giants, followed by an away double-header at Bristol Flyers and Plymouth Raiders in December 12 and 13.
Wins over Cheshire Phoenix home and away set Rocks up for a clash at Manchester Giants which they lost 95-58, but they then beat them 83-73 at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, with Murray effectively using the games as pre-season – but they’re through to the quarter-finals.
Murray said: “It has been a fantastic start to the season for us. On Friday we weren’t physically or mentally ready for the game, but we came back to Glasgow and had a much improved performance from everybody.
“We were more physical, the ball was moving better, and we were just more engaged in the game.
“It was good to beat them, because we play them again on Sunday in the first league game of the season.
“But we’re into the next round of the BBL Cup so that’s good to start with. They were kind of using the cup as a test for the league, and if you spoke to me on Saturday I would have said I wasn’t happy with it, but after Sunday I would say yes!
“It has been good for me to see how the guys reacted to Friday night’s game, how we prepare ourselves.”