GLADSTONE Port City Power caused a season opener QBL boilover when its women side beat premiership fancies Rockhampton Cyclones 74-67.

Power captain Maddy Willey (12 points) was the standout with 12 points while seasoned Char Mellars and gun recruit Markel Walker led from the front to shoot 21 and 20 points respectively.

Victorious coach Ray Cooper said the girls persisted and it paid off.

"It was definitely a grinding win and we were something like 15 or 18 points down at one stage in the second quarter," Cooper said.

It was not just the experienced Power players who played a role in the resurgence and Cooper recognised it.

"Kiah Guinea for me was a standout and she made some big points and Madeline Dryburgh and Laken Paitai did their bit as well," he said.

"We felt that Rockhampton started to tire more than us, but both teams were pretty fatigued in the end."

Cyclone's best was fill-in and Australian Opal Alice Kunek who matched Mellars' feats with 21 points.

The news was not so great for Gladstone's men's team which felt the full brunt of Rockhampton Rockets with a 109-68 loss.

Despite the best efforts of Jake Allen (24 points), the home side had many scoring avenues.

None were better than Tom Garlepp, the Sydney Kings co-captain who has joined the Rockets on a short-term contract.

He shot 23 points as the home team rallied to overcome an early deficit to then completely control the game.

Power coach Brian Waters said lessons will be learned from the heavy loss.

""Our guys got a wake-up call," he said.

"Our guys gave it their all and we got in foul trouble early and they just took advantage."



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