Power push strong Rockets hard in pre-season opener

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE RESULT might not have gone their way, but there was no doubt Port City Power pushed the Rockhampton Rockets in their first pre-season basketball clash of 2005.

The Power went down 96-76 to the strong Rockets line-up in their first game under new head coach Dean Page.

There were plenty of positive signs for the Power who certainly tested their opponents over the four quarters.

In a clear sign that Page's style of play is working, seven Power players scored eight points or more.

Josh Gill led the scorers with 14 points which included one monster dunk in a starring debut performance.

Brad Lee chipped in with 13, while Daniel Green (11) and Glen Chapman (10) played well.

New coach Page was extremely happy with the performance of his team considering the level of their opposition.

'It was a highly encouraging performance and most of the things we tried during the game worked perfectly,' Page said.

'There was no doubt we had the Rockets on the run for most of the night, they had to use their best players to beat us.'

Another positive aspect from Page's perspective was the level of the Power's defence against the Rockets who are traditionally a high-scoring team.

'Our intensity in defence was great over the four quarters, to keep Rockhampton to just 96 points was very pleasing.

'To keep players like Tony Campbell to 11 points and Darren Richardson to just six is a great effort,' he said.

Page was also happy with the 'special' passing of Aaron Nagas and the hard work of Greg Elson.

'From an overall point of view the performance was pleasing, but there is still seven weeks to the start of the season and we need to remember that,' he said.

The Power's next pre-season game is against Hervey Bay in the Whale City on Saturday.

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