Josh Morf against Rocky 2 in the U16s.
Josh Morf against Rocky 2 in the U16s. Nick Kossatch GLA241118U16BG2

GALLERY: Gladstone's U18 boys have got power to win

BASKETBALL: It's 15-0.

Yep, you heard right. Gladstone Port City Power under-18 boys have completed its three Central District Carnival campaign in perfect style.

The future of the QBL team's next challenge is the demanding Queensland State Championships from January 9-13 on the Gold Coast.

The Ray Cooper-coached Gladstone U18s made the other teams look second-rate with 105-65, 85-60, 99-42, 89-53 and 106-51 against Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Bundaberg and Emerald respectively.

The young Power has now qualified for the Queensland State Championship in division one in April.

There were no weak links in the Gladstone team, but Thasindu Chandresekara amassed 406 points in 15 games at a shade over 27 points per game. Cooper said the emphasis was on defence and that's what he got and the transition play was trademark Gladstone basketball.

Gladstone's U16 boys came close to finish undefeated, but some lapses plagued the new-look team. It finished with a 1-3 win-loss record.

Its only win was a against Rockhampton 2 with a 102-38 result. But poor starts against Rocky 1 and Bundaberg proved costly.

Gladstone stormed home to get within a point in the final match against Rocky 1 after it was 18-points down.

Co-captain Seth Collins had a stand-out carnival while fellow captains Owen Gardiner and Josh Morfey had their moments and Jordan Zerner showed promise.

Cooper said it was a 'weekend of learning' and 'now we know what to expect' and the focus was to beat Rockhampton and Bundaberg in the next CDC in Rocky on February 15-16.



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