Josh caps off top season

PORT CITY Power star Josh Gill capped a fine season when he was named as the 2005 Southern Cross Basketball League's Most Valuable Player (MVP) in Brisbane on Satur- day night.

The 23-year-old local product was a shining light for the Power in his return to the harbour city.

Gill led the league in steals, was fourth in average points per game and finished sixth in rebounds on the way to his first league MVP award.

'It's great to win it. To be named the best player for the league is a massive honour,' Gill said.

'From my point of view, I would have liked us to win a few more games though.'

Even so, Gill has relished being back home in Gladstone after stints in Mackay, Rockhampton and the Cairns Taipans NBL squad.

'To be back at home is great. I am pretty settled now and enjoying life at the moment in Gladstone,'he said.

In reflecting upon the Power's year, Gill was disappointed his team were unable to make the playoffs.

'To not make the playoffs was a bit of a downer unfortunately.

'There were three or four games we should have won and that would have been enough to get us at least that far,' he said.

A crowd favourite at the Kev Broome Stadium with his highlight reel dunks, Gill saved a special mention for the Power fans.

'We have the best crowds in the league and they really lift you as a player, they are great for us,' he said.

As for next season, Gill believes he will again suit up for the Power, adding the chance to play at this level in his home town was a spe- cial feeling.

'I am pretty settled in Gladstone at the moment and I think I will be here next year.'



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