Queensland State Basketball Titles at Caloundra Indoor Stadium.Gladstone against the Pirates.Gladstone's Isaac King
Queensland State Basketball Titles at Caloundra Indoor Stadium.Gladstone against the Pirates.Gladstone's Isaac King Warren Lynam

Port City Power U18s want fifth spot

BASKETBALL: Gladstone Port City Power's Under-18 Boys will play off for fifth position at the State Basketball Championships on the Sunshine Coast today.

Ray Cooper's men opened their tournament with a two-point loss to South West Metro Pirates, but responded with three-straight wins to finish in second place on the Division 3, Pool C ladder.

An 81-66 loss against Sunshine Coast Phoenix Orange in yesterday's quarter final dashed the Power's hopes of making a run towards the Division 3 decider.

Queensland State Basketball Titles at Caloundra Indoor Stadium.Gladstone against the Pirates.Gladstone's Benjamin Harvey.
Queensland State Basketball Titles at Caloundra Indoor Stadium.Gladstone against the Pirates.Gladstone's Benjamin Harvey. Warren Lynam

Cooper says his team has learnt some valuable lessons throughout the course of the championships.

"We've been failing to put the ball in basket - just little easy shots underneath the hoop aren't paying off - we're just not finishing with intent to score,” he said.

"So that's been hurting us a bit and a couple of turnovers as well. The boys have got to learn from that and keep working.”

Cooper said the boys' most impressive performance came during their 86-60 win over Brisbane Capitals.

"The match against Brisbane (Capitals) Bronze was probably our most complete game. I didn't have to say much or do much at all - we executed well, made our shots, looked after the ball and got after it,” he said.

"Issac (King) has been playing pretty well - he's a hustle player who just gets after everything. Ben Harvey has really stepped up and impressed me - he's taking it to the basket to score and not afraid.

"So he's playing well and also Jake Gudgeon.”

RESULTS - DIVISION 3, POOL C

Game 1: SWM Pirates Red 68 def. Power 66

Game 2: Power 82 def. Southern Districts Trojans 63

Game 3: Power 83 def. Goat Coast Tide 73

Game 4: Power 86 def. Brisbane Capitals Bronze 60

QF: Sunshine Coast Phoenix Orange 81 def. Power 66

Play-off: Power v Gold Coast Rollers (playing Friday).



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