GALLERY: A complete wrap of the CDC in Hervey Bay
BASKETBALL: Gladstone Port City Power under-18 and U16 coach Ray Cooper said there were a lot more positive things than negative to come out of the final Central District Carnival round in Hervey Bay.
The Power's U18 side finished the carnival with 101-43, 71-40 and 91-57 wins against Hervey Bay, Rockhampton and Emerald, but suffered a 30-point loss against Bundaberg 95-65.
"Isaac King and Luke Knight led the way and their efforts on the defensive end was outstanding and offensively they contributed in a big way," Cooper said of the athletic pair.
Isaac and Luke combined for 32 points in the big win against the hosts on Sunday morning while Liam Madsen shot 17 points.
Bundaberg gave Gladstone a huge wake-up and the likes of Mitchell Wright (33 points) and Adam Harford, with 34, were too much for Cooper's young men to handle.
The coach said the team did not execute early in the game.
"Missing easy shots, coming out ready to play and dictating the game on how we wanted to play which we didn't do," Cooper said.
The Power rallied in the third quarter, but Bundy stepped it up again in the final term.
"All of this contributed to the loss, but we were definitely there with a chance coming within 10 points going into the last quarter," Cooper said.
The U16 side entered the CDC with an 8-0 record and assured of division one ranking in next month's Basketball Queensland State Championships.
Perhaps the younger Power side approached its first match against Rockhampton with not the same intensity it showed in CDC's one and two and Cooper was not happy.
Rocky went to win 72-65, but Gladstone's mojo returned with thumping wins against Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.
"We just got outworked which is something we are normally the best at," Cooper said after the Rockhampton match.
"We didn't come ready for the game mentally and it showed."
Haizyn Mellars and Joe McEldowney were Gladstone's best players for Rocky while Chandler Halliday had a huge game for the winners with 29 points as his come-back from injury continues.
"Our pre game was terrible and we have to do a better job at focusing and being ready for a grand final like game every time we play and especially at classics," Cooper said.
"A couple of fouls early to key players didn't help, but others were not willing to step up and take charge which comes from lack of leadership from our captains."
Gladstone re-grouped with and the coach was smiling on Sunday.
"Our intensity was at a higher level and just came ready to play and focused at the task at hand," he said.
Cooper also believes Joe continues to get better.
"The more confidence he gets the better he gets he has a lot of skills for someone his size. Joe could play a guard spot if he really wanted to."
U23 Gladstone 101 d Maranoa 43; Gladstone 75 d Hervey Bay 74
U18 Gladstone 101 d Hervey Bay 43; Bundaberg 95 d Gladstone 65; Gladstone 71 d Rockhampton 40; Gladstone 91 d Emerald 57
U16 Rockhampton 72 d Gladstone 65; Gladstone 65 d Hervey Bay 29; Gladstone d Bundaberg
2018 State Championships
Under 12 Boys & Girls - Logan Basketball July 7th - 10th Cornubia Park Sports Complex - 146 Bryants Road, Shailer Park & Mt Warren Sports Centre - 2 Milne Street, My Warren Park
Under 14 Boys - Townsville Basketball July 11th - 14th Murray Basketball Stadium - 40-48 Murray Lyons Cresent, Annandale
Under 14 Girls - Southern Districts Basketball July 1st - 4th Southern Districts Basketball Centre - 56 Zahel Street, Carina
Under 16 Boys & Girls - Gold Coast City Regional Basketball January 10th - 14th Carrara Sport & Leisure Centre - Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Carrara
Under 18 Boys & Girls - University of Sunshine Coast Basketball January 16th - 20th USC Sports Stadium, Caloundra Indoor Stadium & Sunshine Coast Grammar School