Gareth Murray says everything came together as Rocks grabbed their first win in seven games on Sunday, beating Sheffield Sharks 65-54.

That arrested an alarming slide that left the Glasgow side bottom of the British Basketball League, but while Murray admits it was a relief to get a win under their belt, he says they have been making steady progress.

The target now is to focus on beating teams around them in the table and try to make the play-offs.

Player-coach Murray, from Rutherglen, said: “It was good and obviously it was much-needed.

“I thought the guys the weekend before played some good basketball and were unlucky against Worcester (83-77 defeat), and London (91-74 loss) are the most talented team in the league.

“We talked about defence all week and how if we do that offence will come to us eventually, but it’s about our defence because if we can stop other teams we can stay in games, so I thought the guys did a good job of that.”

Gareth added: “I’m happy that we managed to beat a team like Sheffield, especially with how well they’ve been playing recently, and with the talent they have.

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“The guys for once listened to everything I had asked them to do, and there were very minimal mistakes, so that was the most positive part.”

Murray in action
Murray in action

That was Rocks’ second win in nine games but moved them off the foot of the table by two points over Surrey Scorchers, though the English side have played four games fewer.

However, it’s a start and Murray said: “It was a good feeling.

“We had been playing some okay basketball but making a few mistakes that cost us.

“On Sunday I thought our mistakes were minimal, they didn’t hurt us,and we wanted them to play in a half-court, we managed to do that, and we wanted to control the game, and did that.

“I was pleased with the way everybody played and contributed, so it was great to get a win.

“It’s the teams around us that we want to focus on, beat them, and ultimately make the play-offs.”

Murray played a major role in the win and added: “I still want to play, but t’s about trying to find the balance of getting myself in there and I wanted to make sure the team knows the game-plan and everything in there before I step on the court.”

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