READING Rockets (13-5) enjoyed a fine week as they recorded back-to-back NBL Division One victories to cement their position in third place in the table.

Debutant Leome Francis – signed from Northampton Titans to fill the void left by AJ Carr's broken hand – was the star of the show as Rockets beat Liverpool 96-84 on Sunday before they followed it up with a 77-72 success at Barking Abbey on Tuesday.

The 6ft 5in Francis bagged a double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds in a spectacular display against Liverpool, deservedly taking the man-of-the-match honours on his first appearance for Alan Keane's men.

In a gripping contest, Reading trailed 24-23 after a thrilling opening quarter, only for the home side to hit back to lead 48-43 by half time.

The nip-and-tuck affair continued with the honours shared in the third stanza, Rockets heading into the final 15 minutes with a 64-59 advantage.

It was Reading who sealed the victory, however, the outstanding Nick Richards leading the way with 13 points in the final quarter to lead his side to what was ultimately a comfortable victory.

Francis was the top contributor for his side as he also drew seven fouls, while Richards posted 23 points, made six steals and gave four assists.

Liam Davis hit 21 points, and took down seven rebounds, while Academy star David Chive claimed 11 points and four rebounds.

Rockets continued their momentum against Barking on Tuesday as they took a 25-22 lead by the end of the first quarter, extending their dominance to 41-34 by the break.

The two sides both recorded 22 points in the third quarter, and while the home side edged the last 15 minutes 16-14, Rockets picked up another win.

Richards top scored with 21 points, Ed Potter added 20 and Davis 13.

Reading Rockets will search for their first silverware of the season when they take on favourites Team Solent Kestrels in the National Cup final at Essex University on Sunday.