HIGH FIVE FROM FIVE: Gladstone Power's U18 team from left: Luke Knight, Joseph McEldowney, Ben Harvey, Ben Murdoch, Thasindu Chandrasekara, Tibah O'Brien, Raj Mtengezanwa, Jake Gudgeon, Jack Small, Marley Evans.
HIGH FIVE FROM FIVE: Gladstone Power's U18 team from left: Luke Knight, Joseph McEldowney, Ben Harvey, Ben Murdoch, Thasindu Chandrasekara, Tibah O'Brien, Raj Mtengezanwa, Jake Gudgeon, Jack Small, Marley Evans. Contributed GLA181018U18S

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BASKETBALL: Gladstone Power's under-18 boys assistant coach Hayden Castell said to make the division one ranking in next year's Queensland State Championships is the aim.

And the future of Gladstone Port City Power delivered in spades in the first of three Central District Carnivals in Hervey Bay last weekend.

The team won five from five games in the most convincing of fashion with an 84-68 win against arch-enemy Rockhampton, a 76-52 thumping over Bundaberg and then dished out 112-46, 95-55 and 138-30 hidings against Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Emerald respectively.

"I think just the way we won them and we didn't go out thinking this is easy," he said.

"We just went out and played to our potential and played to our best.

"I think we carried ourselves very well on and off the court and that was one of our main goals."

The inclusion of Tibah O'Brien added huge presence and leadership while fellow tall Joseph McEldowney also had a consistent campaign.

Ben Harvey led from the front as captain while Thasindu Chandrasekara was dynamic as ever.

The Ray Cooper-coached team played with a ruthless edge and that's something that has been the by-product of intense training sessions.

"We look for that and we want to push and plant our foot on the throat of the competition and assert our authority in the U18 Central division," Castell said.

"That was good to get those big margins and we moved the ball well and got out in transition very well after playing some good defence which was rewarding."

The criteria to make the division one is to finish as high as possible after the completion of the CDC and Castell said there's room for improvement ahead of CDC round two in Gladstone on November 3-4.

"Rocky was our smallest margin and we'll be looking to improve on that next CDC at home and we want to defend our home court," he said.



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