Power men lead game for three quarters
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GIANTS Liquor Port City Power coach Dean Page is feeling like the fisherman who let a big one get away after yesterday's 106-98 Southern Cross Basketball loss to Maroochydore.
The Power led at every break, but faded in the last term against the strong Clippers line-up.
Josh Gill was the standout for the home team scoring 31 points and pulling down 15 rebounds, while Glen Chapman ended with 26 points.
Gill provided the highlight of the match in the first term with a massive dunk to lift the Kev Broome Stadium crowd to its feet.
Coach Page was disappointed with the result after the match, but couldn't question his team after 48 minutes of commitment.
'We probably couldn't have done much more at this stage, our effort and intensity was fantastic,' Page said.
'Our execution was probably a bit out, but that happens when you get tired.
'We are still developing as a team and sometimes we just slip back into old habits when it counts,' he said.
Other solid performers for the home team were brothers Dan and Tarron Green, Scott Nicoll, Aaron Nagas and Nick Such. Giant Kiwi import Ollie Hill also showed promising signs on his home debut with six points, 11 rebounds and three assists.
For the Clippers, James Rowden top-scored with 29 points, Zane Meehl finished with 27 and Mark Micallef scored 21. They would have been happy to pick up the win, particularly after being behind for most of the match.
The Power got away to a great start to lead by 15 at quarter-time, six at half-time and 12 at three-quarter time.
To their credit, Maroochydore never gave up and outscored the Power 44-24 in the final period to claim their eighth win of the season.