United were knocked out in the semi finals of the play offs today in front of a packed crowd at Brunel as they beat Reading Rockets by a point 98-97 which was not enough to make up the 13 point loss they suffered at Reading last week.

In a game that saw United up by 12 points with 2 minutes remaining and the flow going their way captain Pete Deppisch inconceivable gave a away two Technical fouls and that effectively took the game out of reach as the lead was cut by 6 with the conversion of the 4 foul shots and the 2 points from the possession.

United could only try to foul Reading on each play to try and make up the deficit as Jagodka did his best to drive to the basket on each offence. It was not enough for United to take back the initiative and the game was one by a single point at 98-97 not being enough to see them through to the finals at Birmingham.

United's game plan was to try and make up the 13 point deficit by trying to win each quarter by 4 points giving the team a short term goal.

By the half they were almost on track leading by 7 and looking every part the dominant side, however it was Reading's American import player EJ Harrison who was the constant scoring threat for Reading always bringing them back into contention with crucial scores from his great individual display.

With Steve Vear picking up an early ankle injury for United Junior Williams stepped up to lead United's scorers on the day with an impressive 23 points as Deppisch scored 6 three's to chip in 18 and Callender as ever scoring from inside the paint with 17.

Reading's EJ Harrison lead all scorers with 36 points.

We would like to thanks our supporters for their backing this season, Performers Dance Group and all the back office staff and we hope to bring you an ever improved team and entertainments package next season.

Of course we would also like to wish Reading good luck in the finals.

David Schiller