Gritty Swindon Shock return to winning ways

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Swindon Shock produced a gritty performance against Reading Rockets as they returned to winning ways in the National League Division Four South West.

After suffering back to back defeats and slipping back to second in the table, Swindon Shock returned to their early season form as they clinched a 74-59 success.

Reading came to Swindon eyeing victory and the first quarter saw both teams exchange the lead early on.

Swindon Shock though soon gained the upper hand as they slowed down the younger and faster Reading outfit.

At half-time Swindon led by six and from there on dominated the match.

Forwards Chris Cole and Spencer Wells scored 31 and 29 points respectively as they helped Shock to a 16-point lead.

Defensively Shock remained solid and mixed with a blend of veteran and younger players, Swindon held Reading to just 10 third quarter points.

Head coach David Colclough was delighted with the performance, saying: “It was great to see our young guys like Alistair Tilney scoring in the paint and even more so Ollie Swann getting valuable experience because he brings so much energy and effort on the defensive side of the ball and it’s truly what we have been lacking.

“Newcomer Dominic Sajovic also played a balanced game as he poured in 11 points including a back breaking three-pointer that forced Reading out of their zone defence.

“Once taking the lead we never let up, it was just a good game all around.

“It was working a little after the first quarter but once our guys got their footing and gauged the speed of their players we settled in and played with some urgency which we got away from in winning earlier in the year.”

Pictures by Julia Summers.