Lapses in defence proving costly for Port City Power
BASKETBALL: A Malcolm Bernard master-class helped inflict another loss on Gladstone Port City Power The Capricornian Surge.
Rockhampton Rockets' Bernard blasted 36 points in a 112-96 win to dent Port City Power's dimming play-off chances.
To add insult to injury, ex-Power star Ray Willis was superb with 30 points while Trevor Corrigan used his size on the post with 15 points.
For the Power, Taylor Young did all he could with 29 points at 52 per cent from the field and Matt Hancock made five of eight triples among his 21 points. With the match all but decided, coach Brady Walmsley threw youngsters Mitchell Knight and Botond Hajos into the fray.
Hajos's final buzzer-beating triple drew the biggest roar from the home crowd because the game was his final one in Power colours.
The promising young gun will start university studies in Brisbane.
Rockets broke the game open and scored 30-17 in the third quarter to open up a 89-68 lead and the final quarter was even after the sting was taken out of the game.
Hancock has not given up hope for the Power to feature in the play-offs.
"It's tough going down after that winning streak in the middle there (of the season) and we've just got to keep going and day-by-day find a way to get better," he said. "I know we're still in the pack to potentially still make that eighth spot.
"We just have to keep positive as much as we can and Brady's keeping us up-tempo as much as we can."
Hancock says it's not the shot selection that's the issue because all players can make the shots. It's from the other end of the court.
"Our defence is letting us down and we're having lapses and we're not talking enough so that's what we're working on in practice, but it's coming and we'll get there," Hancock said.
Power are again at home against Ipswich Force on Saturday at Kev Broome Stadium.