Power mission is double victory

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

WINNING is the only option for the Port City Power's two sides when they hit the court in tonight's Southern Cross Basketball clash against Bundaberg at Kev Broome Stadium.

The second-half of the Southern Cross season has been a good one for both Power sides and they are on the prowl for another win tonight.

Power's men go in as favourites against the winless Bulls, but are missing Kiwi big man and crowd cult figure Oliver Hill.

Hill sprained his ankle against Toowoomba last Sunday and has been unable to regain full fitness in time.

But coach Dean Page is confident the Power can cover Hill's absence, with Nick Such and Scott Nicoll to share the workload.

'Suchy (Such) and Scotty will fill the breach left by Ollie ? both guys have been playing very well for us,' Page said.

Page is expecting a desperate Bundaberg team to prove worthy adversaries.

'Bundaberg haven't won a game yet this year, but they have quality players who can perform, they will be keen to win,'' he said.

Look out for youngsters Matt Pirie and Chris Lynch to also get court time in what is the Power's second-last home game of the season. Tip-off is at 8pm.

Meanwhile, a win is in the sights of the girls team when they meet the Bears at 6pm.

A three-point loss to Toowoomba on Sunday has given the team some confidence against a Bundaberg team who are in a bit of a form slump.

Unfortunately, Leonie Macks is unavailable due to a Muay Thai bout, but 14-year-old pair Paige Wharton and Nicole Just are named to play.

The Power's development squad also hit the court tonight, with their game at 4pm.

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