READING Rockets (9-7) will be looking to put their three-game losing streak behind them when they host Bradford Dragons (6-10) at Rivermead on Sunday (5pm).

Rockets lost 93-78 to Essex Leopards (10-8), who leapfrogged the Berkshire outfit in the NBL Division One table last weekend, with Reading slipping to seventh with 10 regular season games remaining.

Rockets head coach Alan Keane was disappointed to see his team give up more than 90 points for a third consecutive game and highlights the defensive end as key for the group moving forward.

He said: “Sunday’s loss was a disappointing result and outcome for us, but there were moments of really positive play and we will take those moments and try to build on them and move forward accordingly.

"The key thing for us is everyone needs to be accountable to defend and that starts with on-ball defence and defending the ball together – this is our urgent focus this week and we will look to make steps with this ahead of the visit of a good Bradford team this weekend."

Sunday’s meeting will be the second time the two teams have competed this season with Rockets earning a hard-fought 95-89 victory in Bradford in the reverse fixture.

Reading won the series last season, beating the Dragons at home 95-74 in league play, but losing out in the away fixture 82-67 before securing an 89-78 win in the play-off quarter-finals.

Sunday’s visitors to Reading are on a difficult run themselves having lost their last five games, so something will have to give between the two sides.

Rockets go into the clash hoping point guard Adrian O’Sullivan will be able to play some part.

The 25-year-old has been out for four weeks with an ankle injury, but has begun light training and may be available.

However, 16-year-old Sam Grant will remain sidelined, but an x-ray revealed no fracture in his injured ankle so the 6’7 forward should return to the fold in a few weeks time.