Glasgow Rocks coach Sterling Davis has promised to give Scotland international Scott Russell a bigger role after the reserve point guard shone in Saturday’s 93-87 win over Worcester Wolves.
Russell was summoned to replace injured captain Rob Yanders in a tight fourth quarter and steadied the ship as the Kelvin Hall outfit recorded their second victory of the BBL campaign.
Davis said: “Scott did really well. I’ve been trying to find ways to put him in the game more. I know he is able to help us and he showed that. It’s all about him giving me confidence and showing composure out there. And when Rob went over on his ankle, we really needed him to step up at both ends of the court and he did.”
The Rocks, who were tied 40-40 at half-time, almost threw away an 11-point cushion for the second game in a row as winless Worcester stormed back to level midway through the fourth quarter. However Jessie Sapp, who hit a game-high 28 points, converted seven free throws while Gareth Murray hit a three-pointer which proved decisive.
“It was one of those games where we had to dig deep to get a win,” Davis admitted. “I wasn’t happy that we let our lead slip but we managed to control the tempo and come away on top.”