Port City Power men go down in surprise defeat
A LATE point scoring run from Hervey Bay was enough for the Hurricanes to chalk up an 83-74 win over the Giants Liquor Port City Power men's team at Kev Broome Stadium yesterday.
The Power looked to be headed for just their second Southern Cross Basketball victory of the season when they led by 11 points in the third quarter, but they faded in the last term.
Hervey Bay blew the Power off the court in the crucial last term, winning 26-13 as the home team's offence went stone cold when it counted.
Josh Gill led the way for the home team top-scoring with 20 points, while Nick Such (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Scott Nicoll (10 points, 13 boards) worked hard.
After the game coach Dean Page struggled to comprehend how his team lost a game that was there for the taking.
'I just don't know how we lost, we hardly had a turnover in the second half and worked so hard to win,' Page said.
'We tried the razzle-dazzle when the game is on the line and you cannot afford to do that.'
On closer inspection of the stats, Page pinpointed his team's poor free-throw shooting and high foul count as major factors.
'Our free-throw percentage was 42% compared to their 73% and in such a tight game, that really was the difference,' he said.