A powerful addition to basketball team

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

HERVEY Bay Hurricanes swingman Ryan Scott is the latest arrival to the harbour city after recently signing with the Port City Power for 2006.

The 27-year-old forward/guard is the second major addition to the Power playing roster during the off-season and comes to the club on the back of playing in the Hurricane's Southern Cross premiership victory last season.

Scott was an ever-present force for the Hurricanes in 2005 and proved a great foil for the team's American stars Matt Kemper and Tyler Newton.

Power coach Dean Page is pleased to have Scott on board and believes he will be a valuable addition to his club's roster.

'Ryan is exactly what we need at this stage of our development and where we want to go as a club,' Page said.

'He is a solid, all-round fundamental player who comes here with wide basketball experience and understands the philos- ophy of the game.

'To have a guy like him in our line-up will be a major asset and provide a foil for the likes of Josh Gill, Aaron Nagas and Dan Green.' ' Scott is the brother of Rockhampton Rockets duo Paul and Glenn and at 6'3 is a player who can mix it with opponents taller than him according to Page.

'Ryan has the ability to play taller than he is, growing up with his brothers who are both taller than him has helped him develop into a player who can play tall.

'To throw both him and Greeny (Chris Green) into the mix we already have is something I am really excited about for next year.'

In more Southern Cross news, two clubs ? Hervey Bay and the Gold Coast ? have pulled out of next season's competition due to financial reasons.

Their withdrawal reduces the competition to six clubs and paves the way for a four-round 20-game season in 2006.

It is understood there will be a four-team finals series to compensate for the reduction of playing teams.

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