Power keen to sweep Rocky
BASKETBALL: Gladstone Port City Power has the chance to further dent Rockhampton Cyclones' premiership defence and its 2017 top-eight finals aspirations in tomorrow night's rivalry round.
Power won one of three of its games last weekend and coach Ray Cooper hopes the effort his charges have put in will be rewarded with a win.
The Gladstone side are entrenched in the top eight with seven wins and five losses while Rocky are 11th (4-9).
"It was a disappointing, but can't fault our efforts and putting ourselves in a good position to win all the three games over the weekend,” Cooper said of the triple-header outcome.
"It just shows you how hard it is to win on the road especially this year in the QBL with the league being so strong.”
Cooper expects Port City Power will be better in several facets tomorrow night against a desperate opponent.
"Being accountable defensively and offensively are the main ones, but we are always working on the basic skills like looking after the ball, not getting beat one-on-one , boxing out, getting into sets, being disciplined and communication,” he said.
The form of the Power's twin peaks Cassie Rochel and Alicia Carline has been pleasing and both stood tall last weekend.
"Both have been starting to work together really well and that just comes with more time on the court and reading each other,” Cooper said.
"Both have great potential and helps also with their team-mates giving the ball in the right spots and also keeping out of foul trouble.”
The coach said the Cyclones will be in full force and the Power need to be prepared.
"Rocky are still trying to keep their play-off hopes alive, so they will be coming down ready to play,” Cooper said.
"They have had some roster changes since last time we have played them and so have we and we just need to be accountable for ourselves and if we do that we will get the win.”