Glasgow Rocks face potential Manchester forfeit due to International Clearance issues.
Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks picked up their first win of the season on opening night as they travelled away to Manchester Giants. The new look Rocks featured a plethora of incoming talent and the opening game was poised as the debut of new signings Eli Pepper (States) and Maxime Djo Ebala (France) as well as others. A strong performance saw the Scottish BBL side run out 96-80 winners.
All seemed well as the side returned home for their home opener against Newcastle Eagles. However, issues with international clearance became apparent and it was reported that Pepper and Ebala would not be allowed to see court time.
Clearance issues do mean however, Fridays trip to Manchester could be in trouble. ‘Fielding’ ineligible players of course always puts questions over the result.
Early in the off season, Devontavious Payne was signed from Plymouth Raiders. But, come nearer the start of the season, was quietly released due to “VISA issues”, issues that have come back to haunt the latest recruits.
Issues such as these do lead to questions being asked of either the front office, or the BasketballEngland/BBL rules on how this issue could happen. Big change in the front office of Rocks leads to a challenge for the new management, but, someone is bound to be unhappy.
Uncertainty now lies over Rocks’ opening result, a 4 point loss to Eagles last night could leave them 1-1 or potentially 0-2 and a bad start to the BBL Cup.