Power lose tight match after fading near finish
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE Giants Liquor Port City Power men's basketball team will find it difficult to win the tight matches until their discipline improves, according to workaholic guard Tarron Green.
Green and his team-mates scored big on effort but not on execution in Saturday night's 88-71 ABA Southern Cross Division loss to Hervey Bay at Kev Broome Stadium.
'We train for a specific type of game but then have trouble putting it together as a team on the night,' Green said after the loss.
'We're having trouble keeping it together for 48 minutes. We'll do it well for 40 minutes but it's the other eight which is killing us.'
As with their previous home loss to Maroochydore a fortnight earlier, the Power were in a position to win the game but were again overrun in the final stages.
After a tight first period, after which Hervey Bay led 21-20, the visitors looked to be headed for a comfortable victory after emerging from a low-scoring second period with a 41-30 advantage.
However, the Power hit back in the third term to outscore the Hur-ricanes 31-17, hitting the front in the 33rd minute of the match through a Daniel Green goal.
Leading 61-58 coming into the final period, the Power needed a big finish to secure their second win of the season but instead were swamped by a fast-finishing Hur-ricanes, being outscored 30-10 as opportunities went astray.
Low shooting and rebounding percentages hurt the Power. Coach Dean Page said his side was still learning what it took to play at ABA level and needed to experience more close games to discover how to win them.
'It's heartbreaking for the guys,' Page said.'Everyone says how much we're improving but how far away is that next step (winning)?'
Daniel Green battled hard for the Power, scoring 17 points and collecting seven rebounds while Josh Gill (15 points, eight rebounds) and Aaron Nagas (15 points) also figured strongly.