Port City men drop to 11th place
PORT City Power has dropped down to 11th place on the QBL State Championship men's competition ladder after two defeats over the weekend.
The first match was on Saturday night against the Maroochydore Clippers at Maroochydore Basketball Stadium, with the Power losing 104 to 88.
The Clippers held the lead for the entire match, taking a 22-12 lead into the first change of ends, before stretching the margin out to 20 points, 52-32, by half-time.
Heading into the final term the Power was behind 78-57.
Keith Borgan and Raymond Canady spent the most time on the court at 37 minutes each followed by Dale Iwanicki at 31 minutes.
Canady shot 12 from 22 field goals and Borgan 12 from 23.
Borgan scored four out of eight three-point attempts with Derrick McDonald scoring one from three.
Borgan shot two out of two free-throws and Iwanicki two from three giving the team a 60 percent success rate. The Power scored 38 from 84 field goals for the entire match and made six from 19 three-point attempts, along with six from 10 free-throws.
Maroochydore Clippers' top-scorer was Zane Meehl with 30 points, while Zeke Meehl downed 23 points and Isaih Tueta 18.
The second match was against Caboolture Suns yesterday afternoon at Morayfield Park Leisure Centre. Power lost 82-95.
Power player Aaron Nagas said the team had a horrible first half, when it was down 39 to 54 at the main break, but played great in the second half, particularly in the final term when it matched Caboolture's 21-points.
“It would have been a fantastic win if we had played in the first half the way we did in the second half,” Nagas said.
Young Ryley Buntain played really well and stepped up to the mark for the Power to score nine points, while Dale Iwanicki top-scored with 22 and Canady downed 15-points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
“The Power hope to finish the season next week with a big bang against our arch rivals Rockhampton in a Rockhampton home game,” Aaron said.
“We hope all of our supporters will follow us up to Rockhampton next week for the last game.
“We love playing in Rocky. Their supporters are almost as vocal as ours and it's a great atmosphere.”
The top four teams going into round 15 are the Mackay Meteors, Rockhampton Rockets, Northside Wizards and Townsville Heat.