Power men bring crowd to feet in best hitout

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE CROWD at the Kev Broome Stadium was on its feet as the Port City Power men chalked up their third win of the Southern Cross Basketball season on Saturday night.

In their best performance of the season, the Power turned on the style to score a convincing 98-77 win over the Gold Coast Rage.

Kiwi big man Oliver Hill was the standout, producing his best performance since joining the Power.

The 206 centimetre giant was near unstoppable, finishing with a double-double (25 points, 19 rebounds).

Josh Gill also got into the act, finishing with a double-double of his own (23 points, 12 rebounds), while skipper Glen Chapman and Aaron Nagas didn't miss out on the action.

Chapman quietly did his thing on the way to 21 points, while 'Showtime' Nagas played his best game of the season ending with 16 points and seven assists.

Power coach Dean Page was rapt with his team's performance and ability to keep control under pressure in the last quarter.

'I thought the team were very good, tonight was another step for us and that is a good sign,' Page said.

'It was really the first game this season we executed what we are talking about in the huddles and at half-time.

'We are maturing as a team, you need to be mature to play at this level and are starting to get there.'

Page praised the performance of Hill who is quickly becoming a cult hero with the fans at Kev Broome Stadium.

'I thought Olly's (Hill) game at both ends was magnificent, he has that basketball instinct which is a big asset,' he said.

The Power's last quarter was the key, scoring 22 of the last 25 points when the pressure was on to score one of the club's best wins.

No wonder the passionate home crowd was on its feet.

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