Phoenix toughs out grinding win against Sunshine Coast
A CONTENT Gladstone Phoenix Power team left Kev Broome Stadium on Saturday night after a tough and grinding win over the Suncoast Clippers.
The Power ended up 95-84 winners in the match, but had to deal with a determined Clippers squad who never stopped trying.
The visitors began the faster of the two sides, stretching to an early lead which the Power was able to pull back in to four points by the quarter time break.
From there, Gladstone took the ascendancy and was the only team that was going to win the match, but the Clippers toughed it out and never let the score blow out.
"They never go away; they hit some big threes when they needed them and we turned the ball over and let them back in," Power guard Braydon Hobbs said.
The most impressive aspect of the Power's play was its defence, forcing the Clippers to take difficult shots to keep the scoreline competitive.
Seven blocks for the Power and 40 defensive rebounds stuffed any hope that Suncoast may have had, and made the job at the offensive end of the floor much easier.
Hobbs led the way for the Power with 33 points, but also pulled down 11 rebounds, had two assists, three steals and an impressive three blocks.
"We knew we could execute well on offence and we hit some big shots and rebounded well," Hobbs said.
"You can't take anybody lightly and we take one game at a time and see how we go."
The Power still faces a tough road if they are to make the playoffs, needing at least two wins from their remaining three matches.
The next match for the Power is at home on Saturday against South West Metro.