READING Rockets (6-2) will be in action for the final time this year at home when they host Leicester Warriors (2-6) on Sunday evening at Rivermead Leisure Complex (5pm).

Rockets split last weekend’s games as they lost out 71-61 to the current NBL Division One league leaders, Loughborough Student Riders, before redeeming themselves with a hard-fought 83-72 win at Kent Crusaders to keep up the heat at the top of the league going into their final two games of 2017.

Sunday’s opponents Leicester Warriors have had a difficult start to their league campaign, only winning two of their opening eight games, but the Midlands team’s two wins have come in the last three games.

Rockets head coach Manuel Peña Garcès left last weekend with mixed feelings, but knows his team has an opportunity to finish the year strongly.

The Spanish play-caller said: “We played three really good quarters against Loughborough on Saturday, but had another poor fourth quarter.

“That is a concern we will take forward and work on as it cost us the game and nearly affected the outcome on Sunday too.

“That said, we are playing better basketball and being much more competitive, but now we need to make sure we remain focused and disciplined in the key moments, something we will address as a group this week.”

He continued: “This weekend’s game against Leicester will be a tricky one, as despite their league position, they are always difficult to play against because of their physicality and commitment to playing.

“We will need to do a good job in making sure we are prepared for their individual players and tendencies, however the focus will be very much on ourselves to take another step in the right direction and be ready in more moments as well as being better in the difficult ones.”

Rockets go into the game with no new injury concerns and will be hoping to keep up their impressive record against Sunday’s visitors, having beaten their opponents in the last 11 league outings going back to the beginning of 2012.

Before the match, the Rockets Division One women’s team (3-2) host the struggling Team Solent Kestrels (2-6), also at Rivermead (2.30pm).