Power plugged in
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE RECENT improvement of the Port City Power men's team goes on the line tonight when they host the Gold Coast Rage at Kev Broome Stadium.
The sixth-placed Power have lifted without getting the chocolates in the past two weeks and believe they can defeat the inconsistent Rage.
Confidence is high at the club and coach Dean Page believes if his players execute to the same level as last week when they played topside Toowoomba they can win.
"Last week was the best performance from us this year and if we can execute our key areas to that level again, we are going to be a big chance,'' Page said.
"All the players have lifted in recent games and now realise what it takes to play at this level.''
Page believes the Rage, who have not won on the road in their debut Southern Cross season will travel ready to play.
"They are a good well-balanced side with a number of players, we need to play well to beat them,'' he said.
Power guard Aaron Nagas is one of those players who has lifted and is coming off a 17 point, five rebound game last week.
The man known to many as 'showtime' is keen to put on another show for his home crowd tonight.
"I am pumped to go for this game, we have improved every week and I can't wait to get on court,'' Nagas said.
Other players expected to put on a good show are the in-form Josh Gill, Daniel Green and Kiwi big man Oliver Hill. Tip-off is at 8pm.
Meanwhile, the Power women's team go into their clash with the Rage in the unfamiliar role of favourites.
Coach Danny Page asked for his team to play a smarter brand of basketball after last week's loss and the girls are sure to lift in front of their home crowd.
Kasey Bowman is beginning to hit her straps and is coming off an 18 point-haul last week, while Diana Neves, Leonie Macks help form a potent scoring trio. Neves top-scored with 30 points when these two sides met last month. Talented juniors Carla Pirie and Paige Wharton have also shown glimpses and Page would feel this is a must-win game for his team at home.
Tip-off is at 6pm.