Cyclones put Gladstone Power's lights out
THE Power is out at Kev Broome Stadium, the Cyclones wrecked the building.
Moving south from Rockhampton, the Cyclones came in and upset the Port City Power 73-71.
Lacking the spark to reverse a small deficit in the dying minute, the Power was turned off for the 2014 season, missing out on a semi-final spot for the first time in half a decade.
"We just couldn't buy a basket, our defence was not too bad," assistant coach Troy Hinds said.
The Power and the adoring basketball fans of Gladstone have become accustomed to winning.
The side will now have to regroup over the off-season after a disappointing finish to the season.
Usually a lights-out shooting team that can easily score 30 points a quarter, the Power tallied only 28 points in the first half.
The scoring improved in the second half, but Port City was unable to overcome a 33 percent night to progress.
"We just couldn't score," Hinds said.
"We are devastated, really. We had high hopes of getting to play Mackay in the final, we thought we could tough it out."
The Rockhampton side proved too strong in the last quarter though.
A six-of-11 shooting night from three-point range from Katrina Clifford hurt the Power, who now has to deal with the unexpected stop to training, play and basketball life.
"That is the trouble, the ones who stay here, we all had a few weeks planned," Hinds said.
"Rachel Pryor had made plans to get up here for two weeks straight."
What most teams would consider a successful year, the Power is dealing with a sinking feeling of only making the quarterfinals.
The next step for the Power is not known and Hinds and the players will take some time to digest the loss.
"The club made a night of it and we would have done the same next week," he said.
"We managed to get through this far, some of the league would have written us off at the start of the year."
- Rockhampton Cyclones 73 defeated Port City Power 71
- The Power is out of the QBL race for 2014