Power use size advantage to break winless run
KEV Broome Stadium erupted with cheer as the final buzzer sounded to end the men's match against Toowoomba on Saturday night, the Power finally getting on the board with a win.
It took nine matches for the Port City Power to win in 2014, and the players and fans rejoiced in unison.
The Power dominated the visiting Mountaineers from the very beginning of the match right through to the end in what could have been a larger win than the final margin of ten points.
The big difference for the home team was the size advantage held with centre
Illiwa Baldwin, who was the only genuine big man on floor in the match.
"It has been rough, man," Baldwin said in relief after the match.
"It was just exposing their size, they are small and they were going to struggle in the paint."
From the outset, Baldwin played a disciplined yet strong role in the paint, keeping out of foul trouble while constantly picking up rebounds and strong lay-ups.
The big man's actions caused Toowoomba to double team him at times, opening up Gladstone's shooters which Dale Iwanicki and Cardell McFarland took full advantage of, piling on the points to get the team's first win.
"It feels good, we have had a rough season, as long as we can focus on the good things," Baldwin said.
"We executed and got the win."
The Power now have the monkey off their back and are looking to go on a streak when they travel to Mackay this coming weekend.
While the men are on a high from their win, the women's side is aiming squarely at a win in their top of the table clash with Mackay.
The Power were merciless in their win over Toowoomba, running away with the game from the tip-off.
"It is a good lead in to Mackay next week, really important," captain Jess Bibby said.
- Women- Power 118 defeated Toowoomba 55
- Men- Power 88 defeated Toowoomba 78
QBL Men's Ladder