Power men look for basketball jackpot

GLADSTONE is a long way from the Victorian town of Ballarat, but that won't stop the Giants Liquor Port City Power men's team seeking their own golden booty tonight.

A win tonight would be like gold to the Power who sit in sixth spot on the Southern Cross Basketball ladder and host winless rivals Bundaberg in a crucial battle at the Kev Broome Stadium.

The Power's only win of the 2005 season came against the Bears and coach Dean Page is on the hunt for win number two.

'There is no doubt there is plenty of confidence for this game, especially at home against a team we defeated earlier in the year,' Page said.

Page is expecting a physical game of basketball, with the Bears trying to use their size to ruffle the Power's feathers.

'They (Bundaberg) play a very physical brand of basketball, but we have experienced it before and dealt with it,' he said.

In personnel news, the Power welcome back Kane Macready from injury, but are without the services of Scott Nicoll. Page is rapt to have Macready back in the team and believes the Power's player depth could prove the difference.

' Bundaberg basically rely on two top players Kyle Kiernan and Anthony Parry for their scoring production.

'If we can shut them down and then have our team provide a consistent spread of points, we should have a great chance of winning,' he said.

And Page reckons it is high time his players were rewarded in the win column for their sharp rise in improvement this year.

"We have definitely improved and it would be great to get some wins on the board to display that,'' he said.

Meanwhile, back-to-back wins are on the agenda for the Power women's team when they meet the second-placed Bears.

Last week's outstanding win against Hervey Bay is sure to have given the girls plenty of confidence for this clash.

Diana Neves was sensational with 48 points last week, while the experienced Leonie Macks has been a revelation since her return to the side.

Tip-off is at 6pm, with the men's game following at 8pm.

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