Cairns switch off Power
PORT CITY Power Men were defeated 94-74 by the Cairns Marlins in Cairns on Saturday night.
American import Raymond Canady with 24 points was the highest points scorer of the match, followed by Keith Borgan with 18 and Aaron Nagas 9.
Jeromie Hill with 20 points was the highest points scorer for the Cairns Marlins.
Canady spent the longest stretch on the court at 36 minutes, followed by Borgan, 33 minutes, and Derrick McDonald 31 minutes.
Canady shot 11 from 18 field goals, Borgan five from nine and Nagas three from six.
Dale Iwanicki scored zero from five attempts at three-pointers, Borgan two from four attempts and McDonald two from four attempts.
Borgan shot six from seven free throws, McDonald three from six and Nagas two from five.
Cairns Marlins took the lead from the start of the game and held it for the entire game.
At the end of the first quarter the score was 23-21 to the Marlins and 47-41 by half-time.
By the end of the third quarter Marlins were leading 71-53 with the final score 94-74 to the Marlins.
Port City Power shot 28 from 57 field goals over the course of the match, five from 14 three-pointers and 13 from 23 free throws.
In the first and second quarters Power scored eight from 16 field goals, four from 11 in the third quarter and eight from 14 in the final quarter.
The first quarter resulted in Power scoring two from five three-pointers, nil from one attempt in the second quarter, one from five in the third and two out of three attempts in the last quarter.
At the end of Round 10 Port City Power were sitting 10th on the ladder, winning 40% of their matches thus far.
In their second match of the weekend Port City Power played Townsville Heat in Townsville yesterday. Townsville Heat defeated Power 85-68.
Coach Blair Smith said the team was fatigued after driving from Cairns to Townsville and just couldn’t make a shot.
“We had great defence and made lots of stops, but just couldn’t put the ball in the basket,” Blair said.
“I was really happy with the defence and everyone worked as hard as they could.”
Canady and Borgan were the game’s top scorers with Canady shooting 21 points and Borgan scoring 23 points.