Gladstone Power’s Chris Goulding sizes up his Townsville opponent.
Gladstone Power’s Chris Goulding sizes up his Townsville opponent. Christopher Chan

Power cools the Heat to claim hat-trick of wins

KEV Broome Stadium was alight with enthusiasm on Saturday night with Gladstone's Phoenix Power putting on a show for the home fans.

Both teams scored emphatic victories to send the spectators into a euphoric mayhem at the final buzzers.

After the women's side dispatched of Townsville 81-71 to remain undefeated for the season, the men knocked off the travelling men's side 85-73 to go even at the top of the ladder.

"How good was that?" coach Dale Iwanicki said.

"I'm really happy, I think this is the first time we have gone three games in a row since I have been involved. I think we can call this a streak."

The Power took an early advantage through the sharpshooting Shaun Gleeson, as well as some fancy assist work from Boomer Chris Goulding.

Goulding was held scoreless in the first quarter, but Gladstone still took the lead into the first break, a lead which they would then retain until the final buzzer.

"Chris was really, really good for those three games. We thank him for his support," Iwanicki said about Goulding, who has now completed his stint with the side.

With the NBL star on the way out, the Power now welcome the services of import Braydon Hobbs as they embark on a tough road trip looking to extent their streak.

"We have very winnable games on the road next week at Ipswich and Toowoomba.

"We are not getting too far ahead, we need to improve on things from this game first."

Another road trip the following week at Cairns and the return trip to Townsville follows.

These road trips have the potential to set up a less stressful ride into the play-offs for the Power, with a lot of games on home court with the manic local support.

The next home matches will be on the June 15 against Northside, with an initiative to assist the McGrath foundation organised.



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