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Rockets blast off: team wins first game of the season

Photo by Mitzi Mock. Article by Mitzi Mock and Robert Rogers | Nov. 11,

This was a night for the underdogs. The Richmond Rockets, the city’s new American Basketball Association team, defeated reigning conference champs the Bay Area Matrix 78-71 in their debut game.

“I’m overwhelmed and overjoyed,” said owner Eric Marquis just seconds before the end of the game. When the final buzzer went off he yelled, “I do believe we just won,” before running off to high-five his staff.

For the Rockets, the win comes after a week of uncertainties. How many people would come to the game? Who would make the final roster? How would the Rockets perform against a champion team? Like many things this week, those answers came down to the last minute. Read more

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