By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE WEATHER may have been cold, but Gladstone basketballer Aaron Nagas was red-hot at last week's National Police Games in Auckland.
Nagas, who is a liaison officer with Gladstone Police, was one of the stars of the Queensland team which finished the games in third place.
Not only was the Port City Power crowd favourite a member of the starting five, but he also finished second in team scoring, averaging 15 points per game.
'I had a great time, the whole week in New Zealand was a great experience,' Nagas said.
'The level of basketball was very high, it compared favourably to the Southern Cross and personally to play well was satisfying.
'Third was the best that the state had finished for five years, so to perform that well as a team was a highlight.'
Nagas said the opportunity to mix and play in a new environment had an impact on his game and even pointed to a slight transforma- tion while across the Tasman.
'It was great to play with some new guys and I did adjust my game a little bit,' he said.
'I worked hard defensively and the thing that pleased me more than the points per game was the fact I averaged a block each game.' Other highlights for Nagas came away from the basketball court, listing his exposure to the Maori culture and Auckland's nightlife as things to remember.
Nagas also wanted to thank his sponsors and those who supported him.
'I just want to take this chance to give a really big thank you to Carol Elms and Shane Brown for their great support.
'Without Carol and Shane I would not have been able to go to New Zealand and to all the people who bought raffle tickets thank you very much,' he said.