READING Rockets (13-12) have their sights on a fifth place finish in NBL Division One as they go into their final home game of the season.

To achieve that, they must beat already-relegated Manchester Magic (2-23) at Rivermead this Sunday (5pm tip-off) and hope Derby Trailblazers (14-11) lose to Hemel Storm on Saturday.

If the two teams finish with an identical record, Rockets will take the higher position thanks to their two results against Derby, beating them 87-74 away while losing 84-94 at home.

Reading will be looking to get back to winning ways following their two defeats last weekend at the hands of Loughborough Riders (81-84) and Newcastle (77-80).

Head coach Alan Keane described them as "two big blows", adding: "We performed well against Loughborough and it was disappointing to lose, but then to follow up with a poor performance was tough to take.

"However, the one thing this group does is come back into practice, work hard to improve, hold each other accountable, and keep working to be the best versions of themselves and that is exactly what we will do this week.

"We must learn and be better and move on to this weekend’s challenge."

Keane will be hoping for a complete-game performance against Manchester, having fallen just short against Loughborough. Rockets were ahead for a total of 37.34 minutes, but Riders led at the vital time.

Top scorer for Rockets was A J Carr with 22 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Sydney Donaldson 21-5 and Trae Pemberton 16-7.

Keane expects to have a full roster to select from for Sunday's game which will see team captain Danny Carter making his farewell appearance at Rivermead as the 30-year-old forward is retiring at the end of the season.

Rockets' play-off quarter-final will be away the following weekend.